(above photo © Lorenzo Raffio)
(Museum of Fine Arts)
(36) 1 – 469 7100
Dózsa György út 41, 1146
10:00am – 5:30pm Tuesday – Sunday
The Szépmûvészeti Fine arts museum is in a neoclassical building located on Heroes’ Square -across from Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and next to Varosliget (the largest city park in Budapest). It is also close to the zoo and the Széchenyi Baths. Designed by by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, groundbreaking was in 1896 to commemorate the millennium of the Hungarian State and it was completed in 1903.
The art collection is home to works from Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Manet, Pierre Puvis de Chavanes, Paul Gauguin, Mark Chagall, Paul Cezanne, Henri de Touluse Lautrec, Delacroix, Corot, Rodin….
Check the website or local listings for information on special exhibits; they are normally quite fantastic, definitely worth the trip. On our last visit there was a Mucha exhibition, ‘In Praise of Women” that was so touching; I am still hoping for it to come to NY so I can see it again!
The museum is very easy to get to by Metro, just take it to the Heroes’ Square Station.