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Worker's Movement Memorial, Statue Park

Memento Park is a unique museum in Budapest, including Statue Park with monumental statues from Hungary's Communist period (1949-1989). In the open air museum you can see statues of Lenin, Marx and Engels, as well as Hungarian Communist leaders such as Béla Kun, Endre Ságvári or Árpád Szakasits. The park was designed by Hungarian architect, Ákos Eleőd, who won the competition announced by the Budapest General Assembly (Fővárosi Közgyűlés) in 1991.

After the fall of the Communist regime in Hungary in 1989, many of the Communist statues and monuments were immediately removed. These formed the basis for the current collection in statue park. On June 29, 1993, the second anniversary of the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Hungarian territory, the park celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening as a public an outdoor museum. In 2006 marks a new chapter in the history of Memento Park. A life-sized copy of the tribune of the Stalin Monument in Budapest was built in the Statue Park with the broken bronze shoes on top of the pedestal. This is not an accurate copy of the original but only an artistic recreation by Ákos Eleőd.

In 2007 a new exhibition hall and a small movie theater was opened in Memento Park. The photo exhibition called “Stalin’s Boots” in the exhibition hall takes you through the history of the 1956 revolution, of the 1989-1990 political changes and of Memento Park – with both English and Hungarian captions. In the barrack-theatre you can see The life of an agent, a documentary on the methods used by the secret police, directed by Gábor Zsigmond Papp. The film is being shown with English subtitles. Memento Park, beyond its role as a tourist attraction, also functions as a cultural and educational sight housing art projects, festivals, professional and public events. There are Retro Festivals, Film Festivals and several cultural programs. To the youngest visitors, there is a museum-education program that sheds light on the exhibits and helps students to process what they learn. The park is a popular site for tourists. It is opened every day from 10 o’clock in the morning until sunset. It is accessible by public transportation as well as a direct bus.

The basic cost of entrance to the park is 1.500 HUF (+1.200 HUF for a guided tour), however there is a direct bus that leaves from Deák square from the bus stop distinguished by the Memento Park-timetable. Tickets cost 3.950 HUF, with a Budapest Card 2.450 HUF [1], which price includes the return ticket and the entrance fee for Memento Park. If you choose public transport you have to take bus number 150 from Kosztolányi Dezső square that drops you at the entrance of the Park. The Volán bus from Etele square leaves every 20 minutes from gate No.7 toward Diósd. Get off at the Memento Par bus stop, after an approximately 15-minute ride. It worth visiting the website, where you will find detailed and up-to-date information on the Park, its history, media and public reception and the plans.


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