HO CHI MINH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Resting just a few step away from CCentral Hotel, the Museum is the second of its kind that exhibits Vietnamese artwork collections in different forms.
Museum of Fine Arts in HCMC
A relic in the museum
Being constructed in the early 1920s, the Museum of Fine Arts located in the area of 3,514 sqm., reflected the Asian and French influences. The 4 floor building has the first elevator in Sai Gon since its first day. Step by step you can go and see every art-works varied from the ancient age of the Southern Vietnam, to the modern art-work after 1975…
The former owner of this place was Hui Bon Hoa (1845-1901), a popular rich businessman in the ancient Saigon. In 1987, the building was constructed into The Museum of Fine Arts, however in 1992, the museum came into service as there were lack of historical artifacts. Walking into the 4 floor building, you will see beautiful contemporary art exhibitions right in the first floor. The second floor is filled with antique statues, sketches and paintings with the main focus on the battle with colonial rulers. Older art pieces of Vietnam from the old days are exhibited on the third floor. And the highlight is the amazing antique lift – one of the first lifts in Saigon, is still sliding well through all the floors.
Assembled inside an elegant French colonial villa, the main color theme of the building is yellow and white loaded with details in ancient era. As one of Saigon’s first lifts, the Museum is heartily decorated with exquisite stained glass all over the the wall and stairway. The museum is painted with splendid selection of arts, starting from 4th century historical pieces mostly inspired by the war to contemporary art pieces in modern times. The Museum of Fine Arts introduces the 7th to 14th century Cham art fragments, Vishnu sculptures from Funan-era, and Buddha figures. It also shows works from famous foreign artists and handcrafted figurines of Vietnam’s ethnic people. Beautiful painting prints can be picked up at the shop with the price ranging from 100,000 VND.
Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: From 9:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)