The exhibition is well organized and tells the history of the house since the Arrow Cross Party acquired the house at Andrassy ut 60 to be the party headquarters at the 30´.
For those who had never been to Budapest, Andrassy ut (street) was at that time and it is still among the main streets downtown. That time was like a boulevard. To make a roughly comparison, it was a Hungarian Champs Elisée. The party made the decision to be located there to always be present at the city life and visible to all the inhabitants that crossed that building. What they didn’t know was that the house would be so unforgettable to the Hungarians and the witness of such horror for decades.
During the time when the Nazi party dominated Hungary the house was used for imprisonment and torture. When the country was released and dominated by the communists, under new management the purpose of the house and the barbarities were maintained for long years. The museum tells the history of the house. A history of torture and death. The history of freedom and ideals withdrawn.
I don’t tell you what you are expected to find inside. My only recommendation is to read a little about the Hungarian history before you go to the museum. I am sure you will understand better the facts and sequence of events. Also, take a long breath and safe the darkest for the last: the underground.
A tiny room, at the end of the tour and so unimportant in comparison to the other floors was full of postcards sent by refugees in other countries to their relatives who were left behind in Hungary. Families separated by terror. This definitely made me cry today!
About the House of Terror (extracted from the website: http://www.terrorhaza.hu/en/index_2.html)
Having survived two terror regimes, it was felt that the time had come for Hungary to erect a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times.
In December 2000 ˝The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society˝ purchased the building with the aim of establishing a museum in order to present these two bloody periods of Hungarian history. Dr. Mária Schmidt is the Director-General of the House of Terror Museum, which was completed in February 2002.
During the year-long construction work, the building on 60 Andrássy Avenue was fully renovated inside and out. The internal design, the final look of the museum´s exhibition and the external facade are the works of architect Attila F. Kovács. The reconstruction plans for the House of Terror Museum were designed by architects János Sándor and Kálmán Újszászy; the contractor was Architecton Share Co. The background music to the exhibition was composed by Ákos Kovács. The work with a timeless scoring for string orchestra in multiple movements goes well with the historical theme of the museum´s exhibition and contains special stereophonic mixes and sound effects.
During the reconstruction, the building has turned into a monument; the black passepartout (the decoration entablature, the blade walls and the granite sidewalk) provides a frame for the Museum, causing it to stand out by its sharp contrast to the other buildings on Andrássy street, and befitting its historic significance, focuses attention on the house itself.
Opened on February 24th, 2002 at 5 pm, the House of Terror Museum – the only one of its kind – is a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building. The Museum, while presenting the horrors in a tangible way, also intends to make people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain. Ultimately, the fight against the two cruellest systems of the 20th century ended with the victory of the forces of freedom and independence.
1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60.
Open every day except Monday: 10.00 am-6.00 pm
The cash desk closes at 5:30 pm
Source: pictures from http://www.terrorhaza.hu/en/index_2.html