The Országgyűlési Múzeum (Parliamentary Museum) in Budapest is a prominent cultural and historical institution. Established in 2014, it aims to gather, preserve, and present the memories of Hungarian parliamentarianism to the public. The museum comprises four permanent exhibitions, spanning 1700 square meters, which utilize both traditional and multimedia museum techniques.
A Thousand Years of Hungarian Legislation
- This exhibition offers a chronological overview of the roots, formation, and development of Hungarian parliamentary systems up until the political transformation of the late 20th century. The narration is broken down into three main eras, highlighting the earliest assemblies to the modern parliament’s establishment. Additionally, visitors can benefit from a complimentary audioguide available in 14 languages, ensuring they grasp the full extent of the exhibition. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.
History of the Parliament Building (Országház)
- Located in the Neÿ Béla Hall, this exhibition showcases fascinating artifacts related to the Parliament building, including the red star that once adorned the building’s dome and a 1:100 scale model of the Parliament. Modern technology offers visitors an immersive experience, revealing hidden aspects of the building, including its technologically advanced central clock system. The exhibition also pays tribute to Pilisi Neÿ Béla, who played a significant role in the construction of the Parliament building and documented its architectural grandeur in a magnificent album. The exhibition is open to the public with a ticket for the walk through the Parliament House, the final stop of the program in the Neÿ Béla Hall of the Parliament House.
Kőtár (Stone Repository)
- This unique lapidarium displays replaced stone statues from the Parliament building and the surrounding Kossuth Square. The narrative captures the construction of the square and the building, from its foundation in the 19th century to recent renovations. One intriguing highlight is the transformation of the building’s initial brick cladding to a more gothic-inspired stone façade, which later deteriorated due to harsh weather conditions. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. Technical break: 13:15-14:00.
In Memoriam: October 25, 1956 Memorial and Exhibition
- This exhibition pays tribute to the victims of the tragic events that unfolded during Hungary’s 1956 revolution. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.
In addition to these permanent exhibitions, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, drawing in visitors eager to delve deeper into Hungary’s rich parliamentary history.