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Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

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The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has one of the best and most diverse art collections in the country, and a visit here will provide some good insight into Vietnamese culture and history.

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The museum is set in a stunning three-storey, 1930s-era building, originally ordered built by the French to house the daughters of the colonial elite, who travelled from all over Indochina to Hanoi to study. After a renovation in the 1960s, during which some traditional architectural elements of Vietnamese communal houses were added, the museum was opened in 1966.

Beautiful artworks, beautiful building. Photo taken in or around Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Beautiful artworks, beautiful building. Photo: Samantha Brown

Some 3,000 permanent exhibits are on display, including sculptures, paintings and lacquerworks, arranged chronologically from bottom to top. While some information is provided in English, to get a real sense of the meaning of the works and how they relate to Vietnamese history, we'd advise either hiring a guide here—though we didn't try one so can't say how good they might be—or hopping on to one of Sophie's Art Tours. No audio guide is ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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