For anyone with an interest in Roman history or a fascination with Roman ruins, the Aquincum Museum is a must-see while visiting Budapest. Displaying archaeological findings from the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, the museum boasts the largest collection of intact Roman era artifacts in Hungary and Central Europe. Visitors can tour both indoor exhibitions and an outdoor archaeological park, with highlights including the remains of a Roman amphitheater, sarcophagi, mosaic floors, coins, wall paintings, sculptures and a reconstructed 3rd-century water organ.
The museum also hosts a traditional Roman spring festival known as Floralia each year. Named for Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, the popular festival is held at the end of May and features gladiator shows, theater performances and children’s programs, as well as plenty of eating, drinking and dancing.
The indoor exhibitions at the Aquincum Museum are open November-March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April-October, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The surrounding park is open April-October, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November-March, only when the weather is dry and the ground is not slippery. Both are closed on Mondays. To get there, take the suburban railway from Batthiany Square to Aquincum or take bus 34, 106 or 134 from the Arpad bridge to the Zahony street bus stop. Tickets are 1600 HUF and buying a ticket to this museum, the Castle Museum or the Kiscelli Museum gives you free entry into other two for 30 days.