The museum was inaugurated by Franz Joseph I of Austria on 1 December 1906.
The architectural ensemble made up by Heroes’ Square, the Hall of Art (Műcsarnok Kunsthalle) and the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most noteworthy in Budapest.
The Museum of Fine Arts was designed in a neoclassical style by the architects Fülöp Herzog and Albert Schickedanz. The portico and eight columns that preside the entrance are very similar to ancient Rome and ancient Greek temples.
The museum’s interior design isn’t any less exceptional and is well worth exploring, with the museum containing more than 120 thousand works of art. It has recently undergone significant renovation, re-opening in late 2018 with the collection of pre-1800 Hungarian art returning to the museum after nearly 60 years.
The Museum of Fine Arts houses masterpieces by renowned painters like Raphael, Picasso, Tiepolo, Cézanne or el Greco.
The museum’s collection also includes, as well as paintings and sculptures, Egyptian and Antique departments. The Egyptian section of the museum includes several mummies.
Even if you are not an art fan, the departments on classic culture and the building’s stunning architecture make the visit well worth it. Definitely worth including this museum in your holiday itinerary.
Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 am – 6 pm.
Adults: 3200Ft (US$9.5)
EU Citizens (aged between 6 - 26 and 62 - 70): 1600Ft (US$4.8)
Children (less than 6 years old) and EU Citizens (over 70 years old): free entry.
15 March, 20 August and 23 October: free entry.
Budapest Card: 10% discount.