Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum)
Budapest, Dózsa György út 41., Hungary
The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts is regarded as one of Central Europe's most significant museums: its multi-faceted material, historical continuity and profusion of masterpieces assure it a deserved place in the front rank of collections.
The Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors in 1906, but its material and organisation testify to the acquisitions and cultural aspirations of almost two centuries. For a long time it also embraced Hungarian works of art; when the Hungarian National Gallery was established in 1957 the two collections gradually separated, and since 1974 the Museum of Fine Arts has provided a home for relics of all art from ancient times to the present day.
The various departments - the Egyptian Collection, the department of Calssical Antiquities, the Old Masters' Gallery, The Old Sculptures Collection, the Department of Prints and Drawings, and the Department of Modern Art - display to visitors a series of world-famous works of art such as a black-figure amphora by Exekias, Raphael's Esterházy Madonna, pictures by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, Dürer's Portrait of a Youth, Leonardo's Equestrian Statue, Manet's Lady with a Fan, and Chagall's Village in Blue. The virtual tour offers a taste of this enormous material, with the help of 300 colour reproductions and expert commentaries by members of the museum's staff.
Free guided gallery walks of the Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Tuesday thru Saturday at 11 am in English.
These are standing tours, no reservation required, meet your guide in the museum lobby.
(Service provided by the volunteer docents of the Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest)