Millennial Culture Centre
Budapest’s major arts complex, Millennial Culture Centre (Milleniumi Kulturális Központ), is set by the riverfront in south Pest. Developed in the first years of the new century, the site first welcomed the opening of the National Theatre as part of National Day on 15 March, 2002. After its controversial removal from Blaha Lujza tér in 1965, the National Theatre had been dogged by decades of uncertainty over its future. The Müpa Palace of Arts was opened beside it in 2005, comprising the Bartók National Concert Hall, the Festival Theatre and the Ludwig Museum. The pristine acoustics at the concert hall make it one of the finest of its kind in the world, attracting the most renowned conductors and orchestras. The Ludwig concentrates on the contemporary art of Hungary and the surrounding region, always displaying part of its significant permanent collection and staging challenging temporary exhibitions all year round. Müpa has its own stop on the tram 2 route that runs along the Danube through the city centre.