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Museum of Music History

District I / Buda
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Address: Tancsics Mihaly utca 7., Budapest 1014, Hungary
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+36 1 214 6770

Located in the magnificent Baroque surroundings of the Erdody Palace, this...

Located in the magnificent Baroque surroundings of the Erdody Palace, this specialty museum traces the history of musical life in Budapest from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

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Comprehensive and intimate.

The central gallery with instruments were impressive as was the information about Bartok and his contemporaries. Would have liked to have heard more musical examples however... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

The central gallery with instruments were impressive as was the information about Bartok and his contemporaries. Would have liked to have heard more musical examples however particularly of Haydn and Liszt.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

A highlight of this museum exhibits the recording gramophone used by Hungarian composers Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly to capture the authentic folk music of the country.

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Very impressive collection of original scores, programs, sheet music, books, as well as historical instruments. All numerically labeled so one could read specifics, in for us, the English language. Some interactive displays to listen to examples of individual sounds as well as with other instruments. Even some hands on that we could try! Amazing factual data regarding folk music with... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Our family of three music and history lovers spent several hours in this small, utterly captivating museum. Yes, the staff at the entrance speak very little English or German (and I speak absolutely no Hungarian), but some smiles and pleasantries repeated in English and German go a long way toward eliciting a warmer welcome. The older woman guide inside is... More 

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

This museum is in a building in the old castle district of Buda and entered through an old courtyard. The building itself is historic and houses the archives of those great Hungarian composers, Kodaly and Bartok. Inside there is some information on them and other local composers and you will also find some memorabilia. However, this is not a museum... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

Great space and collection, however no audio guide and not a note of music was heard! Some old photos and pictures of interest to.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015

This museum is a nice place to visit for many reasons. The entrance fee is low, the staff is friendly, there are a lot of interesting and typical Hungarian instruments to see and people are allowed to play some instruments in one of the back rooms. My sister, who is a music teacher, and I visited and we were the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

Great little museum with lots of memorabilia includingpersonal belongings, handwritten scores and letters by Hungarian composers such as Liszt, Bartok, Dohnanyi and Lajtha. Lots of information relating to Bartok's and Kodaly's project of collecting traditional folk music. One large room is a collection of musical instruments and is great for kids as you're allowed to use some of them.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

Terrible staff without linguistic skills and lack of good behavior, maybe a remain from the communist period?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Arrived 45 minutes before closing. Was guided around by a lovely older woman who demonstrated at least a dozen instruments by playing short pre taped audios. If we had arrived at least 45 minutes earlier we could have enjoyed the Franz Liszt history and the other reading exhibits.. Would have gone back, but no time. Read previous reviews.

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The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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