Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár) Tours
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Housed within the Dohány Street Synagogue complex—Europe’s largest functioning synagogue—this museum spotlights Jewish traditions and the plight of the Jewish people in Hungary. Among the items on show are menorah, centuries-old Jewish gravestones, hand-engraved Torah scrolls, and rare manuscripts.
There is a single admission ticket for both the Dohány Street Synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár), which are housed within the synagogue complex. With this ticket, visitors can explore the synagogue and museum at their leisure, and see the Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial, which is inscribed with the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims.
Visitors can also see the synagogue and museum on guided walking tours around Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. Guides on these tours typically recount the history of Budapest’s Jewish community and the role Jewish culture plays in contemporary Hungarian society.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in Hungarian history and Jewish culture.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the museum.
- Wear conservative clothing (avoid sleeveless tops, short skirts, or shorts) to ensure access to the synagogue. Scarves and hats (mandatory for men) are available at the entrance.
How to Get There
The museum is situated within Dohány Street Synagogue. To get there, take the M2 Metro Line to Astoria station. The Great Synagogue is less than five minutes from the station on foot.
When to Get There
The museum can be visited throughout the year. To experience it at its quietest, come for opening (10am). Alternatively, come later in the afternoon and then stick around the Jewish Quarter to see its buzzy bohemian bars and pubs fill up as night falls. Note that the Hungarian Jewish Museum is closed on Saturdays.
Exploring the Jewish Quarter
The Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, and the Great Synagogue are just two among many landmarks in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, which makes up part of Erzsébetváros, or the seventh district. Within walking distance of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, you’ll find the Islamic-style Rumbach Street Synagogue and the art nouveau-style Kazinczy Street Synagogue, as well as a range of Jewish cafés, restaurants, and kosher bakeries.
Address: Dohány utca 2, Budapest, Hungary
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár)
Travel through Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter on a walking tour and learn about the community that remains active there today. See the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and more, as your guide discusses in-depth the Jewish heritage behind the streets that you pass. With two routes to choose from, you’ll hear about the community’s past and the important role that the Jewish culture plays in contemporary Hungarian society.
Taking safety measures
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Take a 2- to 3-hour walking tour of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter and absorb the rich history of the area. Visit the Holocaust Cemetery, the Jewish Museum and the Dohány Street Synagogue, the third-largest synagogue in the world, among others. Your guide will discuss the important role that the Jewish community has played in the country’s economic, cultural and political life and why their history has been so entwined with the history of Budapest and Hungary as a whole.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
If you don’t know the history behind Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, you could miss out on a lot while exploring on your own. Opt instead to travel with a private guide during this private Budapest Jewish Quarter tour, and listen to stories about the area, including its part in WWII. Budapest hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
Roaming Budapest’s Jewish Quarter—the Seventh District—without a guide may leave you with only a sketchy picture of its past. Gain deeper insight on a private walking tour with a guide who’ll ensure you see the highlights and hidden gems, learn their history, and let you tailor your route to suit. Visit synagogues, sample Jewish delicacies, and hear tales of Jewish history you’d probably miss if alone.
This program is recommended for visitors who wish to understand the Neologue, Status Quo and Orthodox Hungarian Jewish movements and see their main synagogues in order to have an insight into the Hungarian Jewry's past and present. Learning about the Hungarian Jewish history is a wonderful travel back in time during which the whole, one thousand year - old European history of Hungary also unfolds for the visitor. Learn about Hungarian Judaism, discover your Hungarian Jewish roots and explore the Hungarian Jewish heritage on this program. After visiting the Dohany Synagogue's complex the tour continues with the walk in the Jewish district, the visit of the Kazinczy Synagogue and the orthodox neighborhood. At the Pest Jewish History Collection, we take visitors into the homes of Jewish families from different social backgrounds and show them Jewish households from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century that help the learned history come alive.
Rich in heritage—and now also full of trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques—Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is one of the city’s most vibrant areas. Get to know the neighborhood on a seamless, private driving tour. Meet your guide at your hotel at a time that works best for you, and hop aboard your vehicle. You’ll see the Great Synagogue (among the largest synagogues in the world), will visit the Jewish Museum, and will discover a number of other key landmarks.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár) ?
The best ways to experience Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár) are:
- Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking Tour
- Private Jewish Budapest Walk with Great Synagogue & Kosher Dessert
- Budapest City Walk in Jewish Quarter
- Budapest Jewish Customised City Walk
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