When I had the personal mission to visit every museum in Budapest one summer, I thought this would be one I could spend 10 minutes in and check it off of my list. Almost 3 hours later, I left in awe. Beyond the unappealing entry, the museum itself is modern, bright, and air-conditioned. Admittedly this is my first stamp museum ever, but the displays were ingenious with rack after rack of the country's finest stamps starting from the first stamps ever ordered by royalty to almost current times totaling over twelve million. The Madonna with Child in Rack 49, which was mistakenly printed upside-down, is said to be Hungary's most valuable stamp. Variations on Lenin and Stalin can be seen in Racks 68 to 77, and Racks 70 to 80 contain numerous brilliant examples of Socialist Realism. Aside from Hungarian stamps, stamps from around the world are just as impressive, though obviously not as complete. Make sure you go into the little dark room with the audio in English that plays while you view a U.S. stamp with a magnifying glass. The staff seldom sees visitors so they are extremely friendly and welcoming. My only regret was that photos are not allowed.
- © Frommer's 2013
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