Budapest’s Museum Festival: A Cultural Celebration in the Heart of the City

Múzeumok Majálisa

If you’re visiting Budapest in late May, don’t miss the annual Museum Festival, also known as the “Museums’ Carnival” (Múzeumok Majálisa). This beloved event takes place on the last Saturday of May in the beautiful gardens of the Hungarian National Museum.

The Museum Festival is a delightful celebration of Budapest’s rich cultural heritage, bringing together over 100 museums, galleries, and cultural institutions from across the city. For one day only, these organizations set up interactive exhibits, performances, workshops, and activities right in the museum gardens.

As you wander through the festival grounds, you’ll encounter everything from traditional folk dancing and music to hands-on crafts demonstrations and opportunities to try on historical costumes. Kids will delight in the special children’s programs, which often include storytelling, games, and art projects.

But the Museum Festival isn’t just for families – adults can enjoy guided tours of the National Museum’s exhibitions, lectures by experts and curators, and tastings of Hungarian wines and culinary specialties. The festival also features a lively flea market where you can browse for unique souvenirs and antiques.

With so much to see and do, the Museum Festival is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Budapest. Best of all, admission to the festival grounds is free, though you may need to purchase tickets for certain special exhibits or programs.

The next Museum Festival will take place on Saturday, May 25th, 2024 in the gardens of the Hungarian National Museum on Museum Boulevard. Mark your calendars and get ready to experience one of Budapest’s most vibrant and engaging cultural events!

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