Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum is an ideal destination for art lovers. The artworks displayed here reflect the artistic life in Vietnam following the development of history and society. The museum is the pride for the people working in art and a tourist attraction in Hanoi for domestic and international visitors.
Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum
- Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Dien Ban Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Opening hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm from Saturday to Sunday, closed on Monday
- Entrance fee: 40,000 VND/ adult, and 10,000 VND/ child from 6 – 16 years old
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is an architectural work built in the French colonial period in the 30s of the twentieth century. Its original function as a residence was for the children of French officials all over Indochina to study in Hanoi, Vietnam.
After 1945, this site was used for many different purposes. Since 1962, this building has been renovated to become a place to collect, display, and store typical Vietnamese artworks from prehistoric times up to now.
Since 1966, the museum has opened to welcome visitors, with an area of about 4,200m2, and an exhibition area of 1,200m2. Until now, the museum owns the acreage of 4,737 square meters and the exhibition rooms of over 3,000 square meters.
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum stores national treasures, such as:
- A wooden statue of the Buddha, Guanyin, 327cm in height from the 16th century
- A statue of Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc 17th century
- The oil painting “Hai thiếu nữ và em bé” (Two girls and baby) by the painter To Ngoc Van
- The famous oil painting “Em Thúy” (Miss Thuy) by the painter Tran Van Can
- The lacquer painting “Kết nạp Đảng ở Điện Biên Phủ” (Admitting the Party in Dien Bien Phu) by the late painter Nguyen Sang
The museum also has displayed the arts with different topics:
- Prehistoric art
- Fine arts from the XI century to the nineteenth century
- Contemporary art (twentieth-century statues)
- Applied Arts
- Folk art
- Vietnamese ceramic art from the XI century to the twentieth century
In addition, the museum has stored 18,000 valuable relics with different themes:
- Fine arts of all ethnic groups in Vietnam
- Stone and Bronze Age fine arts
- Fine arts of Vietnamese feudal dynasties
- Folk arts and handicrafts
- Vietnamese modern art
Besides, this place has an art space for children. The activity is on the 3rd floor of the main building in the Museum of Fine Arts. Here, the artists, sculptors will guide to explore folk and contemporary arts in Vietnam and the world. Then, the kids can paint the statues, draw freely, and print paintings.
The museum will become an exciting playground, creating opportunities for children to access and learn about the precious artistic heritage of Vietnam and other countries, thereby helping them develop creative artistic thinking from a young age.
Note when visiting the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is not to touch any of the exhibits on display there. You have to observe this rule because any object in the museum carries great value. And, if touching, you can damage them or break. Even a light touch can ruin a work of art or exhibits. Typically, when you travel with children, please pay more attention to this rule.
The Fine Arts Museum is an invaluable treasure of Vietnamese plastic art and is an attractive cultural destination.