The Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most significant museums when it comes to storing the cultural and art heritage of the Vietnamese ethnic community. Take a few steps from the main street into the museum, and you'll discover a whole beautiful, peaceful, new world that's lying in the heart of dynamic Hanoi.
This house (museum) was built by the French in the 30s of the 20th century to provide a place for daughters of French officials from all over Indochina to come to study in Hanoi. In 1962, the Ministry of Culture was assigned to renovate the house with the architectural details of the Vietnamese communal house to display Vietnamese artworks. In 1966, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi was officially opened.
The Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi is truly a place to honor the arts, which is hard to find anywhere else in Vietnam.
It consists of 2 buildings with the architecture of ancient French villas and more than 30 main gallery rooms. The Museum also has a specialized gallery for art exhibitions and internal/external events. There is also an area for children located on the third floor of the main building with the desire to bring art closer to the youth.
One of the other areas that is also attractive is the museum courtyard where visitors can sit on the stone chairs, under the trees, to read or chat.
The collections displayed in the Museum are introduced with their history, genre, and materials, which is convenient for visitors to enjoy and admire. The collections contain over 2,000 works of:
- Fine arts from prehistoric and ancient times
- Fine arts from the 11th century to the 19th century, divided into different periods: Ly Dynasty - Tran Dynasty, Le Dynasty - Mac Dynasty, Tay Son - Nguyen Dynasty
- Fine arts from the 20th century until now, divided into two periods: before and after 1945, and divided by materials, such as canvas paintings, oil paintings...
- Traditional applied art
- Folk art with unique folk paintings
- Vietnamese ceramic collections from the 11th century to the 20th century, including ceramic samples from 5 ancient ships
The collections contain over 2,000 works.
Buddhism was a signature feature of the arts in the Ly - Tran dynasty.
Nghê - a half dog, half buffalo holy creature in the ancient Vietnamese people's belief.
The impressive display of the 18 Arhats statues.
A glimpse into the feudal architecture.
The impressive display at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts include:
- The 327 centimeters tall statue of Guan Yin Buddha from the 16th century
- Statue of Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc from the 17th century
- The oil painting "Two girls and a baby" by the late painter To Ngoc Van
- "Em Thuy" by the late painter Tran Van Can
- Lacquer painting "Admitted to the Party at Dien Bien Phu" by the late painter Nguyen Sang
The famous "Em Thuy" painting.
Also, there are many works of famous artists of Indochina Fine Arts College through many generations such as Nguyen Phan Chanh, Nguyen Van Long, Nguyen Van Ty, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Nguyen Sang, Bui Xuan Phai.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
- Wednesdays, Saturdays: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
- Mondays: Closed
- Adults: VND 40,000
- Between the ages of 6 and 16: VND 10,000
• Children under 6 years old: Free
Paintings on display at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi
Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi is an area with good traffic, easy access, and only 2 kilometers away from the Old Quarter, so if you go by taxi from the Old Quarter, it won’t take much time and money.
You can also hop on the 09A bus right at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, then get off at the “Hanoi Flag Tower," and go straight to the museum or spend time wandering around the legendary Flag Tower before visiting the museum.
There are many ways to go and see these art treasures.
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi is a place for anyone who loves art and wants to get to know about Vietnamese culture in the most artistic way. Find some time to visit this incredible museum when you pay a visit to Hanoi.
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