Appropriately housed within the former headquarters of the communist secret police, the House of Terror Museum was established in 2002 to present two truly horrific periods of Hungarian history: its fascist and Stalinist regimes.
A Soviet tank in the atrium serves as a stark welcome to the museum. The basement, where prisoners were once tortured and killed, now displays recreations of the prison cells where suspected enemies of the state were held. The Hall of Tears displays the names of the executed on its walls. Exhibits on the upper floors highlight period propaganda, Social Realist art and photographs of the men responsible for the atrocities.
Most of the exhibit information is in Hungarian, but English-language printouts are available in each room. Audio guides are also available in English and a few other languages for an additional fee.