A few of our favourites
Published/Last edited or updated: 22nd July, 2019
While you could argue the tombs dotting the landscape around Hue are in their own way museums, Hue is no slouch when it comes to the more traditional variety of museum. Here are some of our favourite museums and galleries in Hue.
Hue Royal Antiquities Museum
If you have time to see just the one museum in Hue, this should be it. Established in 1923, the museum contains a stunning collection of items, lovingly presented within an equally lovely building. Presentations include traditional clothing, bronze wares, musical instruments and ceramics. The museum is right by the citadel. No photography is allowed within and you need to take your shoes off before entering. Allow an hour.
Nearby is the History Museum, whose collection is nowhere near as impressive, but war junkies may find the outdoors display of war booty, including cannons and aircraft of some interest. If you are already in the area, swing by for a look, but don’t miss the Royal Antiquities Museum. Allow thirty minutes.
Ho Chi Minh Museum of Thua Thien Hue
In Vietnam, it can seem like museums dedicated to the man himself are a bit dime a dozen, but Hue’s effort, the Ho Chi Minh Museum of Thua Thien Hue is a step above the crowd and is worth thirty minutes to an hour of your time.
Within, a collection of over 1,000 photographs document the life of Ho Chi Minh. Much of it will be familiar to those who have visited other Ho Chi Minh museums, with blow by blow accounts of the wartime period. Some displays stand out–we especially liked the map detailing Ho Chi Minh’s travels—he hit 56 countries between 1911 and 1969.
The museum backs onto the Perfume River near La Residence. Allow thirty minutes to an hour depending on your level of interest in the man frequently referred to as the father of modern day Vietnam.
Diem Phung Tri Art foundation
As with Hanoi, Hue has no shortage of art galleries, but the riverside Diem Phung Tri Art foundation was our favourite.
Diem Phung Tri was born in 1920 and spent much of her life in France, where she was a member of the European Academy for Science, Literature and Arts. Especially known for her bronze and stone statues, she passed away in 2002. This gallery is worth a visit as much for the beautiful villa as the sculpture within. It is set on the bank of the Perfume River on Le Loi Street.
Not far from here and also by the river, Le Be Dang Gallery, devoted to the abstract works of Le Ba Dang, is also worth a look for the artistically inclined.
Diem Phung Tri Art foundation: 17 Le Loi, Hue.
Ho Chi Minh Museum of Thua Thien Hue: 7 Le Loi, Hue. T: (0234) 382 2152 Mo–Su: 07:30–11:00 & 13:45–17:00
Hue Royal Antiquities Museum: 3 Le Truc, Hue. Tu–Su: 08:00–11:30 & 13:30–17:00
Le Be Dang Gallery: 15 Le Loi, Hue. T: (054) 383 4800 Mo–Su: 07:30–11:30 & 13:00–17:30
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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