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The Music Museum in Budapest is dedicated to exploring music in a place that has been well known as a top musical destination in Europe for centuries. Opening hours here vary by season as the museum is open from 4-8pm Monday, and Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm from March 16 th through November 16 th . For the remainder of the year however the museum is open Monday 3-6 pm and Wednesday through Sunday 10am -5pm. As you can see it is never too difficult to find a time to come visit this unique museum and learn firsthand about the music of the country.

The permanent exhibitions here include the Hungarian musical instrument manufacturing in the 18- 20 th century exhibit. This exhibit goes into very through details about the manufacturing process that creates the instruments used in this region and how they have been developed throughout the past 3 centuries. Another exhibit on display here is the musical like in the 18-20 th century exhibit. This exhibit explores the music that was created during this period in the region and its role in society. The last permanent exhibit is the Hungarian Folk Instruments exhibit which puts on display the unique instruments to this region which have contributed to the folk music genre here in Hungary.

Located on Castle Hill in the beautiful historical district of Budapest, The Music Museum features a vast collection of musical instruments as well as the Bartok Archive. Bela Bartok was a very influential composer here in Budapest who lived from 1881-1945. He is considered to be the greatest Hungarian composer and one of the most influential composers of the 20 th century. He championed Hungarian Folk Music, having a passion for ethnomusicology and the music of this region. He first fell in love with Folk Music while living in the Slovakian Countryside after hearing LidiDosa sing Pirosalma. From this point his interest in the music that came from this region was forever piqued and he would go on to make this type of music his life's work.

Though his work was never truly appreciated as much during his life than it was after his death in 1945, to this day Bartok's work and legacy live on here at the archives within the museum and his story alone is worth the price of admission to the museum. Bartok is represented in a statue outside the second Unitarian Church of Budapest, forever idolized for his stubborn style and musical masterpieces.

If you are a fan of 18 th through 20 th century compositions, this museum has a wealth of information on not only the musical history within this region, but from around the world. Bartok is seen as a symbol of the music that came from this region as his pursuit of purist folk music drew him to produce some classic unique works that changed the history of music within this region and preserved its existence internationally. Plan on spending a few hours here at the museum to get a feel for the story of Hungarian Music and the legacies left by those who produced it.


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