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Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat)

66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hanoi, Vietnam
(84.4) 37332131
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Ranked #13 of 99 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Art Museums
Description: This museum was opened in 1966. Though in need of updating, some interesting artifacts are on display in its three floors organized chronologically.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderful collection of all periods of Vietnamese art history. My favourites are the pieces of To Ngoc Van and Tran Van Can, also the works from the "communist" are very interesting. The museum (which is beautiful too) has a nice collection than the museum in Saigon. Worth visiting. It is just behind the Van Mieu (Literature Temple). (When oh when... More

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the architectural features of the building as much as the collection. Especially enjoyed the fine examples of lacquer paintings. Quiet and air conditioned. Perfect for hot afternoon. Very short cab ride from Hoan Kiem Lake. Admission charge for 2 adults less than $2.

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Hue, Vietnam
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Better for showing history and culture than any museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Shows Hanoi as the cultural city of Vietnam. Wonderful French colonial architecture.

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The art we saw was outstanding yet we were almost the only people in the Museum. Not the easiest place to find but well worth a visit.

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Canberra, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Housed in a French designed building, this museum is packed full of beautiful artwork from Vietnam's history from sculptures to silk paintings to oil works and wood paintings. There are lots of stairs so wear comfy shoes!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I used to visit this museum many times but still want to come back if having free time. The museum showcases a lot of Vietnam's cultural and artistic heritages which are arranged in chronological order. A visit to this museum will provide you an insight into Vietnamese history and understand Vietnamese spirit through different time, under talented hands and eyes... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The facility is older, with confusing layout. Only some of it is air conditioned. But...the collection is really outstanding. From the historical and tribal artifacts to the beautiful lacquer paintings to the fascinating contemporary items, the museum was a wonderful surprise. Unfortunately, most Vietnam tours concentrate on historic, if not ancient sites, ignoring the contemporary efforts of a developing nation.... More

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The lacquer and silk paintings are always a pleasure to visit here, but don't miss the new ceramics wing and especially the temporary exhibition space which often shows contemporary artists and can be visited for free.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A particularly interesting insight into to history of art and artists of Vietnam .Sculptures and Buddhas landscapes ,silk painting ,beautiful lacquer work.The artists paid by the state ,the art reflects the moods of the country from propaganda inspired pieces to modern sculpture.Great for a rainy day.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect, but this was great and stood comparison with any art museum in the West (and for my money better than the equivalent in HCMC). Well displayed and labelled, good clear layout. Some excellent early sculpture. But the real highlights for me a room of remarkably realistic eighteenth-century lacquer Buddhist figures; lacquer paintings, something I'd not... More

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