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Address: Pava utca 39, Budapest 1094, Hungary
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+36 1 455 3333

The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the...

The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.

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Sad place to visit but relevant

Very somber place. You feel humble for the people that were executed and really makes you question the holocaust and all that went on.

Reviewed 14 August 2015
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Very somber place. You feel humble for the people that were executed and really makes you question the holocaust and all that went on.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

A very touching site, that makes you stop and reflect. If only stones could talk ....this is one of the few institutions established entirely by the State. It is located outside the traditional Jewish Quarters

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

This museum is a must if you're visiting Budapest. We came across it by chance as it was near the apartment we were staying in.All the written words are both in Hungarian and English so it was really good for us to understand the horror which occurred here in Budapest. It is easy to follow around each of the different... More 

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Salt Lake City, United States
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

It says on line that the Memorial Center is closed.(?) We went to the Holocaust Memorial Park with the Tree of Life. It is a bit confusing if you goggle the center or the park as we were directed to the Park. The park is a good education of the horrors of the holocaust in Budapest and the Tree of... More 

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

Decided to visit the synagogue with my wife as we are both interested in the diverse beliefs in the world and my wife had never visited a synagogue before. The building was beautiful, the contents fascinating but it was memorial tree that had the greatest effect on us both - beautiful in its design and moving & thought-provoking at the... More 

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Essington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

we went it not for the faint hearted there are graphic images of pow and their stories it was cheap to get in and we were in there 1.5 hours but it made me feel bad as the stories are so sad , nice finish as you end up in the synagogue

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Reviewed 8 August 2015

We were in Budapest during 2015 Easter period and on the second day- 3rd April 2015, we planned to visit this . However once we arrived there we found that Synagogue would be closed till 5th April 2015. So, we came back on 6th April 2015 to visit this. It was very crowded and there was a long queue although... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday afternoon and my wife and I were the only people there. It gave us plenty time to read and view all the exhibits. We have previously visited other holocaust memorials and three former concentration camps and still found this very upsetting and moving. It is very well laid out and tells the stories through the people... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

Not everyone's choice to visit on holiday but we happened upon this museum. It is very thought provoking but not at all sensationalist. I found it calm , minimalistic and honest

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

Moving experience. Memorial seats made of glass in particular and documents of brave people who tried to help the Jewish community.

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