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Between terror and dread - the House of Terror Budapest Museum

The House of Terror Museum is nowadays the Hungarian capital, an iconic building, and symbol of Budapest. The XX. The first half of the century left bloody and cruel clues on Andrássy Avenue, which the decades that followed have failed to wash. The museum, which is tortured and cruel to death victims, is the building that offers many lessons for its visitors.

Forty-six years after the communist-state authority left the palace below Andrássy Avenue, Budapest, in 1956, the property was given the chance to re-emerge. The building on Budapest's most beautiful avenue - a multiplicity of symbols of Hungarian history - reminds us of the suffering and violent death of thousands of innocent people.

Visit the House of Terror Museum and become part of a unique exhibition featuring the XX. century history of Hungary with terror and dread.

The history of the Neo-Renaissance estate of Andrássy út 60 dates back to 1880, according to plans by Adolf Feszty, was originally built as a dwelling house. In 1937, the Szálasi wing of the Hungarian National Socialist Movement rented premises here, which foreshadowed the later fate of the building, and its walls over the next two decades witnessed countless cruelties.
The most loyal followers of Stalin, at that time, were fully aware of the vacant headquarters of the Arrow Cross, so that they no longer determine what is guilty, who is to suffer and who is in a cruel death. At that time, the building was named House of Faith, with its primary function as a collection center or as a prison. The building became the headquarters of the then political police since 1945 and the new owners took possession of cellars under the surrounding buildings as a result of the growing number of detainees and a cellar-maze labyrinth. Liberation was brought to the building by the Revolution and War of Independence of 1956, but by then all its stones absorbed a great deal of human suffering and cruelty. As a result, it was impossible to fill the building of Andrássy Avenue 60 with a different function. The museum and exhibition set up in recent years have become the most powerful and one of the most significant symbols of Hungarian democracy after the change of regime.



The real turnaround occurred in December 2000 when the Central and Eastern European History and Society Public Research Foundation purchased the Andrássy út palace to create a museum that presents these two bloody epochs of Hungarian history to those interested. With the leadership of the museum dr. He was entrusted with Maria Schmidt.

During renovations and transformation works of about one year, the building has been renewed and remembrance. The House of Terror looks at the black gable walls and brick walls as well as their contrasts and stands out from Andrassy Boulevard's buildings. The design of the interior design, the exhibition of the museum and the external facade are praised by the architect F. Kovács, architect. The reconstruction plans of the building were made by János Sándor and Kálmán Újszászy. The music of the exhibition was made by Ákos Kovács, which harmoniously fits the historical exhibition with its purity and timeless arrangement. Walking in the museum, visitors can listen to a multitasking orchestra work that makes the show even more dramatic with special surround effects and sound effects.

Enter the House of Terror Budapest and get to know the XX. Two of the two horrors of the twentieth century - especially from the point of view of Hungarian history - particularly cruel and instructive. Pardon these two cruel, fearful and fearful victims of the age; to look into their everyday lives and to the suffering, they had to experience between the walls of Andrássy út.

When the House of Terror opened on February 24, 2002, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in front of the museum building to expose their grace and express their sympathy with the tortured and executed victims. The museum is the 20th century. commemorates the victims of centuries-old dictatorships. The House of Terror has thus become not only a place of memory but also a commonplace of commemoration. The exhibition and community space in the building burst into many of the memories of memory. After many years of silence, the House of Terror has become a place that finally names the victims and the perpetrators alike, perhaps this is the secret of real rebirth.

The House of Terror has lived in both of the two terrorist systems in Hungary, a worthy symbol not only to commemorate our tortured and murdered compatriots but also to show what it meant to live in the years of terror and horror. The rooms, exhibits, and stories presenting the visitors present the horrors of the 1900s, as well as an example for the posterity. It is learned that the enormous sacrifices of freedom were not in vain since, in the end, both cruel systems overcame liberty and freedom independence.



Language and Liberty


„Language: now, as always, it all started with the language. The expropriation, the aggressive seizure of language has swept us frighteningly far from reality. The crisis could not be more serious. Anyone trying to break free from the stranglehold of half-truths and contrived thought experiments risks nothing less than expulsion from the „paradise” of lies. True, in a few decades from now – or a few centuries – such people could become icons, but the prisoners of the putrefying present are doing their utmost to mercilessly annihilate them here and now. With this volume, Mária Schmidt is again taking a risk. According to her ironic profession of faith, however, she has no choice: what is at stake is liberty."

The House of Terror Museum also awaits you with its permanent and temporary exhibitions in the heart of Budapest, on Andrássy Avenue.

Our permanent exhibition includes four levels: basement, ground floor, first and second floors. Our visitors can see contemporary objects, furnished cellar murals, all with spectacular elements from the modern technology that make the exhibition more lifelike and creepy.

The cellars of a former cellar prison in the basement reveal the shattering, fatal human reality in the eyes of those interested. As we descend into the basement with the elevator, in a small film, the method of the cruel execution was revealed by a neutral person, neutral in its terrifying simplicity. When the movie finishes, the elevator stops and arrives in the basement - here the dramatic silence becomes almost tactless, the space and time around us disappear.

The ground floor rooms, as well as the staircase and the inner courtyard, do not belong to the tightly-presented exhibition space, but can be seen as unalterable parts of the museum at the exhibition. The premises on the first-floor showcase collective pursuits following the Second World War, illustrating the process of migration and deportation.

The permanent exhibit of the House of Terror Museum begins on the second floor, where there are eight exhibition rooms and one showroom. Through these chapters we can follow the chronological order of the total dictatorships in Hungary.


During our periodical exhibitions, we always try to present a topic that is directly related to the Terror House. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence are just one of these, yet objects and memories left over from this era are one of the foundations of our periodical exhibitions.

Also enter the Terror House of Andrássy Street, number 60, which has become a place of common memory today. With the theme, design, and atmosphere of the museum, it seeks to preserve the past and link it with the memory of commemorating the victims of bloody decades. Using the technological innovations of modern times, it brings even closer to its visitors to the 20th century. century Hungarian history.