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Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts

Welcome to the artistic extravaganza housed at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City – a.k.a. the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, standing tall and cheekily opposite the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam.

This cultural haven has a backstory as intriguing as the art it holds, initially built in the ’30s by the French as a swanky study spot for their daughters.

Fast forward to 1962, and the Ministry of Culture decided to give it a Vietnamese makeover, turning it into a permanent showcase of fine arts.

Talk about a makeover that would make even Cinderella envious!

Art Odyssey: From 20th Century Western to Vietnamese Village Chic

Witness the architectural rollercoaster from Western glam to Vietnamese charm as you stroll through the 4,200 m² wonder.

Inaugurated officially in 1966, it expanded faster than your Insta followers in 1997-1999, boasting a total area of 4,737 m² and an art display area of 3,000 m²—the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts – where art meets architectural evolution.

Time Capsules of Vietnam’s Artistic Journey

Dive deep into the 18,000 domestic artifacts, a visual odyssey spanning prehistoric times to the present.

Marvel at Stone Age and Iron Age wonders, or get your fix of Ly-Tran dynasty finesse.

The museum is a time machine with stops at Tay Son-Nguyen dynasty extravagance, wartime resistance resilience, and a peek into 20th-century iconography.

Copycats and Canvas Stars

Meet the maestros behind the strokes – Nguyen Gia Tri, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Phan Chanh, and Luong Xuan Nhi – all showcased in the museum.

But hold on to your art appreciation hats because, according to Nora Taylor, about half of the displayed paintings are cheeky duplicates!

A wild twist – during the Vietnam War, the originals pulled a vanishing act, and the copies took center stage.

The originals played hard to get post-war, never entirely returning to their rightful spots.

Wrapping It Up: A Museum with Attitude

The Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts isn’t just a building; it’s a sassy storyteller narrating Vietnam’s artistic saga with flair.

Step in for a dose of history, drama, and artistic attitude.

It’s where the past meets the present, and the originals play hide and seek!

Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts

Masterpieces and Mayhem: Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts

Location66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City
Architectural EvolutionBuilt by the French in the 1930s, transformed into Vietnamese charm in 1962
SizeTotal Area: 4,737 m², Display Area: 3,000 m²
Artistic JourneyPrehistoric to Present – Stone Age, Iron Age, Ly-Tran Dynasties, Tay Son – Nguyen Dynasty, Wartime
Resistance, 20th-century Iconography
Featured ArtistsNguyen Gia Tri, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Phan Chanh, Luong Xuan Nhi
Originality QuotientAbout half of the paintings are copies, a post-war mystery!

Time Capsules of Vietnam’s Artistic Journey

SectionArt Style
Fine Arts of Prehistoric – Early HistoryVarious artifacts from prehistoric times
Stone Age ArtArtistic wonders from the Stone Age


The entrance fee to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is 40,000 VND.

While there isn’t a strict dress code, it’s always a good idea to channel your inner art connoisseur with comfortable and respectful attire.

Leave the swimsuits and flip-flops for the beach, and you’ll fit right in with the artistic ambiance.



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