Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

Hospital in the Rock
Nuclear Bunker Museum
Lovas út 4/C
1012 Budapest


Opening Hours:
Daily 10 am - 8 pm



The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is situated in the heart of Europe, beneath the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. The hospital had a crucial, historical role as an emergency institution during the Second World War and the 1956 revolution. It was upgraded to a nuclear bunker during the Cold War era and classified as top secret until 2002. Doctors, nurses and volunteers had proven their courage and humanity here in the most difficult times of the 20th century. The museum pays tribute to those inspiring everyday heroes to preserve and strongly emphasize the real and most important human values.

The test season of the museum and reconstruction work started in 2007. The museum was opened in 2008. It belongs to the state and is maintained by a public benefit, non-profit organization.

Cold War Interests: 

| The hospital was upgraded to a nuclear bunker due to the Cold War between 1958 and 1962. Instead of a shelter, the government wanted to have a hospital that could function in case of a chemical or a nuclear attack, so the whole facility was modified to be nuclear resistant. In the second part in the exhibition, visitors can see the bunker section of the facility.

| With this museum, we would like to draw attention and raise awareness of the nuclear threat that is still present since those days. The exhibition "Now, I am become Death, the Destroyers of Worlds" is unique in the region and was opened in June 2016. It is the first permanent European exhibition that is intended to express the horror of those who were eyewitnesses of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The exhibition contains photographs of the cities as well as 50 drawings made by the survivors as a way to communicate and share their grief.

| English guided tours depart every hour.