History of the libraries of the Budapest History Museum

The establishment of the library cannot be specified at one exact point in time. As the museum’s departments started to take shape at the end of the 19th century, separate collections consisting of books about certain disciplines developed as well. For a long time, there was no dedicated library room; rather, the books and periodicals were stored in the offices. When the departments were separated to move into different buildings, the accumulated collection of books was finally transferred to actual purpose-built reading rooms.

In 1967, the Medieval Department and with it, its library, has moved from Szentháromság tér to the southern wing of the Castle. Over the years, it has become the central location of the museum. In February 1973, it was decided that the separate book collections shall be united in one central library as an individual department. The unification resulted in an integrated inventory and cataloguing system as well as an elimination of duplicates and the professional maintenance of different departments.         


The collections

The library’s primary function is to support the everyday work of museum employees and to help the research conducted by them; however, it does provide services to outside researchers as well as university students. The collections consist of publications from the fields of archaeology, general, urban and cultural history, art history and contemporary art theory both in Hungarian and in foreign languages. Since the departments of the museum are located in various places around the city, the library has three separate locations as well. Its main focus being the period from prehistoric times to the Hungarian Conquest (895-896), the Bálint Kuzsinszky Archaeological Library can be found in the Aquincum Museum. The Medieval Library is located in building “E” of Buda Castle; it collects publications about medieval history from the Hungarian Conquest to the liberation of Buda from Turkish occupation in 1686. Finally, the Library of Modern History and Art History, whose collections are comprised of publications about history after 1686, is in the Kiscell Museum.


Medieval Library

Castle Museum
1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2. (Buda Castle Building E)
Phone: +36 1 487 8800/822

Opening hours:

Monday 9:00-15:30
Tuesday 9:00-15:30
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9:00-15:30
Friday 9:00-14:30

We are hereby informing our visitors that the Medieval Library in the Castle Museum is closed until the end of June 2019 due to construction works carried out in the building. Thank you for your understanding.    

Bálint Kuzsinszky Archaeological Library

Aquincum Museum 
1033 Budapest, Sujtás utca
Phone: +36 1 368 6046/103

Opening hours: 

Monday 9:00-15:30
Tuesday 9:00-15:30
Wednesday 9:00-15:30
Thursday CLOSED
Friday 9:00-14:30

Modern and Art Library

1033 Budapest, Kiscelli utca 108.
Phone: +36 1 250 0304

Opening hours:

Monday 9:30-15:30
Thursday 9:30-15:30
The librarians of the Medieval Library are on duty.


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