When visiting Budapest, Hungary, the Hall of Art (Műcsarnok) located in Heroes Square is a must see for singles and other adults interested in architecture, fine art, and special events. As one of the finer exhibition galleries for contemporary art in Hungary, the Műcsarnok does not actually house its own exhibition. Instead, it is run by the artists and features rotating exhibits and events.
Conveniently located near the Museum of Fine Arts, the Műcsarnok Gallery is a very fine example of neo-Renaissance architecture built in 1896. The Műcsarnok is vast and spacious. It is made up of several separate halls featuring great expanses of clean white and cream colored walls and rows of classical columns. These areas are kept open for events, and are decorated especially for each event that is hosted. Keeping an eye on the Műcsarnok calendar would be a good way to know when events and exhibits of interest are in place.
People with babies and children, as well as older people or people with disabilities may not enjoy visiting the Műcsarnok Gallery. One of the downsides is that the Gallery is a three level building without an elevator. If you use a wheelchair, have a baby in a stroller, or just have a difficult time with stairs, you will find this problematic. Other downsides for people with disabilities and people with babies in strollers include the fact that the only restrooms are on the floor below street level. Additionally, there is no changing table in the restroom.
On the upside, when visiting with a small child, you are sure to enjoy the café and the wonderful book store that features lots of very interesting books, toys, calendars and posters. The staff at the Műcsarnok are very polite and kind, and it is easy to get to the Műcsarnok Gallery via the metro line, which stops nearby. Entrance fee is 1400 HUF or approximately $6-$7, which is, overall, a good price for a very pleasant day at the Műcsarnok Gallery.
Műcsarnok Gallery address and hours
1146 Budapest, Dózsa György u. 37.
Transport: Millenniumi Underground – Hősök tere megálló (Heroes’ Square) stop / Trolley bus: 75, 79 / Bus: 20, 30, 105
Hours: 10 AM - 6 PM daily, 12 AM - 9 PM on Friday, closed on Monday
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