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MÜPA (Palace of Arts)

The National Theatre and the Palace of Arts
The National Theatre and the Palace of Arts Photo: funiQ

Müpa (originally Művészetek Palotája: Palace of Arts) opened in 2005 opposite of National Theatre on the Pest side of Rákóczi Bridge. Externally it is characterized by simple lines and large glass surfaces while the interior is dominated by a selection of natural materials. It is a multifunctional cultural facility including three institutions:

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

It has a capacity of 1656 seats. The depth of the podium is adjustable and the front stage when lowered may function as an orchestra pit. The hall has special acoustic properties ranked among the highest in Europe. The 42-ton canopy suspended overhead, the movable resonance chambers and the special wall and floor coverings all allow for fine-tuning. Even the reliefs of the auditorium contribute to outstanding sound quality. Together with the custom-made pipe organ these features make this hall one of the most reputable concert venues. It also home to the renowned National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Music Library.

Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall Photo: funiQ

Festival Theatre

It covers an area of 14,400 sq meters in the eastern wing with a stage of 750 sq meters and 452 seats. Besides prose and dance performances it is a venue for classical concerts, chamber operas, jazz concert and world music shows. The theatre is home to the National Dance Theatre as well.

Ludwig Contemporary Art Museum

On west side to the Danube it displays a considerable collection of international and Hungarian contemporary art. The first floor is for temporary exhibitions and event hall, while the third floor functions as the permanent exhibition area. Exhibition rooms are adjustable to specific collections. They offer interactive show rooms, a media corner, a library and a kid’s corner also..

Tickets for Müpa performances are valid for the Ludwig Museum the same day.

Besides cultural programs the lecture hall, the mirror room and other smaller rooms are available for conferences, receptions, gala dinners and banquets.

The National Theatre and the Palace of Arts
The National Theatre and the Palace of Arts Photo: funiQ


Address: 1095 Budapest, 1 Komor Marcell Str.
Phone: +36 1 555 3000

Opening hours

Open every day 10.00-18.00 (or until the end of performances) Visitors are welcome. Guided tours to Béla Bartók Concert Hall and Festival Theatre are available.

Recommended tours

Universities and parks on the two sides of the Danube The bike trip from the university campus to Kopaszi levee lets you discover the riverbanks crossing the Danube twice. Riding along the river you will a beautiful spa, a university building that dominates the riverside, significant cultural spots and probably the most popular park of the city.