Founded in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchenyi, it occupies a Neo-classical palace fronted with a portico with Corinthian columns. Even if the magnificent crown jewels that it used to hold have been returned to the Parliament, a visit to this museum is still worthwhile. All the history of the country will unfold there before your very eyes, from the arrival of the Magyar tribes the till after communism.
The National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum) is what’s Múzeum Boulevard (Múzeum körút) is named after being its most prominent sight. According to urban legend, this was the site where Sándor Petőfi, the great Hungarian poet, recited his Nemzeti Dal (National Song), which proved to be a kind of ignition to the movements that grew to become the Revolution of 1848-1849. The garden of the museum is a favorite studying spot of college students.
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