Are You a Bela Bartok Fan?

If you are a Bartok fan and you like time travel in a beautiful environment in the tranquil part of Budapest, you must see Bela Bartok’s house turned into a museum, now called the Bela Bartok Memorial House. The good thing is that it is more than a museum: in 1981, there was a concert hall established on the first floor by connecting the adjacent rooms and the staircase. The house itself was built in 1924.

Bela Bartok Memorial House Museum in Budapest

The museum will take you back in time on two levels: one on the civil level and the other on the folk art level. As you know Béla Bartók was one of those of handful of composers who took up his boots and went from village to village with now weird and cumber some equipment to collect original folk songs in the Carpathian-basin . Not only he, but also Zoltán Kodály. You can evoke Bela Bartok, as the museum site writes:

the man who wrote his masterpieces, the Sonata For Two Pianos, the Contrasts, the Divertimento for Paul Sacher and the Chamber Orchestra of Basel, and the Violin Concerto dedicated to Zoltán Székely in the middle of the thirties right here, in this tiny upstairs workroom, originally protected against the noise of the outer-world by cushioned doors.

Just listen to this lively and gentle re-interpretation of folk music! The title is Rumanian Folk Dances. In a true multicultural style, the piece is performed by the gypsy Rajkó Orchestra in the Jewish Synagogue in Budapest.

What’s more the museum is located in a beautiful green hilly part of Budapest on the Buda side. Here is the map locator:

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Tue- Sun) (Closed on Mondays)
Entrance fee: 800 HUF (or free with Budapest Card)
Getting here: Go to Moszkva tér by the red line metro. Then take the number five bus & get off at Pasaréti tér.

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More about upcoming Concerts on the Bartok Museum official site.


  1. Estelle Shields says:

    I am a Bartok fan. I have been a piano teacher in Sydney Australia for forty years. I had the great privilege of learning from Nancy Salas, who was the No 1 Bartok fan. She converted all her students. Of all the composers, Bartok’s music is the best for the teaching of youngsters. Not only did Bartok know music, but he also knew children.
    It is a great disappointment to me that on my very first visit to Budapest from the other side of the world, I find that the Memorial House is closed. A visit here was my first priority. I guess I will have to come back another time – maybe in the summer.In Australia, we shut down almost everything over Christmas and New Year – it must be the same in Hungary!

    • Anna from Budapest says:

      Dear Estelle, I am really sorry about the unsuccessful visit to the Bartok Museum in Budapest. Hope to welcome you back to Budapest. It may be worthwhile contacting the Bartok Museum before your next visit to avoid unnecessary hassle. Happy Holidays!

  2. ülkü bassoy says:

    It is a marvellous Memorial House.
    Very knowledgably organized. Easy to visit .
    Ms Barbely has been the kindest guide to show and instruct us about Bartok Béla.
    It is a special privildge for any Turkish men to visit the House as one can see the original photographs of Bartok Béla in company of Adnan Saygun and other Turkish Composers visiting the Anatolian villages for recording the Turkish folk music.
    The most imteresting item to see is his hand writing at the end of the music sheets of his unfinished 3rd piano concerto the word “finished” in hungarian.
    Thank you.
    Ulku Bassoy

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