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“Fascinating museum that doesn't get many visitors”

Post Office Museum (Postamuzeum)
Ranked #219 of 614 things to do in Budapest
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Reviewed April 28, 2015

This museum was highlighted in my guide book as one of the first attractions on a walking tour of Andrassy ut. It was difficult to find the museum (with an elegant wooden door) on the map as there is a sign at eye level. Initially failing to push the door open, I realised that visitors need to buzz reception to gain entry. Once in the building, I climbed a couple of flights of stairs to reach the museum proper. At this stage, I realised that the building is more like a mansion with gilded ceilings, stained glass windows and chandeliers.

The museum itself was manned by a couple of young ladies who collected the admission fees but weren't able to converse in English. While it seemed as if the museum didn't have a professional curator, the collections were spread over several connecting rooms and were nonetheless fascinating. Most of the displays date as far back as the late-19th century. There was a full old-style post-office counter, complete with mannequins and pictures of Hungarian royalty enjoying horse riding. Other mannequins were dressed as postmen from the earlier half of the last century. There were several glass-encased displays of important letters and documents. Half a room was devoted to now-obsolete electric communication technology, including World War 2-era teleprinter/teletypes, gyomorse machines and a telephone exchange. There was even an old-style mailbox and a postal van that looked like it belonged in the 1920s.

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Reviewed January 10, 2015

Not being very popular, this museum is quite hard to access - you have to tell the concierge in the lobby that you're heading there, he will call the museum staff and then take you to the elevator. The entrance fee is 500 HUF. In spite of the fact that the museum is absolutely deserted, the staff (a young man) seemed quite grumpy to have been disturbed (woken up?) He was quite rude, and but for him, my experience of this museum would have been much better!
There you will find different exhibits connected with Hungarian post, some snippets of information about the history of development of the postal system. Some information is only available in Hungarian (like in most of their museums).

1  Thank OlgaMinchina
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Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was a highlight for me in Budapest, as a keen stamp collector. The museum had items related to postal history in Hungry, from post boxes, to postal cars, motor bikes, telegram, signs, and a few examples of old style post offices. I thoroughly enjoyed this museum and my travel com pagan who is not a stamp collector also enjoyed it. Staff very helpful, large range of stamps available for purchase.

Thank Yvonne V
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

This museum is located in the last remaining mansion on Andrassy boulevard in Budapest that is in original condition and owned by an individual. It's a palace, and the museum is an exhibition in two senses. First, it's a set of sumptuous rooms in original condition inside this palace. Second, the collection itself is fascinating. They have incredibly interesting things. For example, they have a room with a range of transmission devices, such as teletype and morse code, etc. going back 100 years. A section showing mail delivery vehicles going back a century. A variety of really old switchboards. A full post office reception area from way back when.

I went to most of the major Budapest museums, and I stumbled on this one. It's close to the Opera and I wanted to look inside this mansion, which is undergoing renovation. I walked up the inside steps (snapping a bunch of pictures of the incredible interiors) and came to the doors of the museum. I am so glad I went in and you will be too.

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