Haunted house

The House of Terror (in Hungarian , Terror Háza ) is a museum located at number 60 of the Avenue Andrássy in Budapest , Hungary . It contains related exhibitions dictatorial regimes fascist and communist Hungary in the twentieth century and is also a memorial to its victims, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or executed in the building.

The museum opened its doors on February 24, 2002 and its director general has since been Mária Schmidt. 2


The creation of the museum began in 2000, during the government of Viktor Orbán , including a complete renovation of the building inside and out. The reconstruction plans were designed by János Sándor and Kálmán Újszászy . The interior design, the final appearance of the exhibition hall and the external facade are work of the architect Attila F. Kovács . 2 After the restoration, the building became a kind of monument; The black exterior structure provides a framework that makes it stand out from the other buildings on Andrássy Avenue.

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition is about the country’s relations with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union . It also contains material on fascist and communist organizations in the country, as the Party of the Arrow Cross -similar to the German Nazi Party – or ÁVH -similar to the KGB Soviet. You can also visit the basements of the building and see examples of the cells that the ÁVH used to break the will of the prisoners.

Much of the information the museum is in Hungarian , but the rooms have sheets with texts in English. Audioguides can also be arranged in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian and Italian. 1

The background music of the exhibition was composed by Ákos Kovács , former member of the Hungarian group Bonanza Banzai .

It is prohibited to take photos or videotape inside the building. There is a reduced and free rate for various groups of people, but not for members of the International Council of Museums . 1


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b c d «House of Terror – Visitor Information» . Terrorhaza.hu (in English) . Retrieved on July 29, 2015 .
  2. ↑ Jump to:a b «A múzeum története [History of the museum]» . terrorhaza.hu (in Hungarian) . Retrieved on July 29, 2015 .