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Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat)
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Owner description: This museum was opened in 1966. Though in need of updating, some interesting artifacts are on display in its three floors organized chronologically.
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 912 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is something a bit different from the focus elsewhere in Hanoi. It gives a great insight into a lot of Vietnamese history with some very good exhibits.
An oasis of tranquility if you feel the need to get away from the hubbub of the main tourist attractions.

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

Loved the building the museum was housed in. Lots to see here with a great range of ancient statues and many contemporary pieces as well.

Visited January 2014
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Bloomington, Indiana
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“Good overview of Vietnam's fine arts tradition”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

The museum contains a few prehistoric pieces and some Buddhist statuary of note. Bit it focuses primarily on 20th century art that resulted after the establishment of the first fine arts school under French colonialism. There are many gorgeous lacquer paintings and paintings on silk, very much in a Vietnamese style. The topics of the modern pieces are village life or the fight for independence; there is next to no abstraction or unique innovation in the works, but the museum does a good job in presenting its holdings.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
“Nice art”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

The museum is located quite near to the temple of literature and some nice restaurants so you can make a nice day of it in this part of Hanoi. The museum features ancient as well as modern Vietnamese art and it's quite a treat to see the two! I particularly enjoyed the modern paintings, depicting the war and daily life in Vietnam. The paintings are not abstract, they all tell an obvious story and I find that refreshing in 20th century art. It's just $1 entry, so go have a wander for a few hours!

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“LOCAL art history...worth the time to realize the context and content”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

We usually avoid anything called "fine arts" but this was worth the visit because it was truly Vietnamese. It was fascinating to see how the usual European vogues were translated -- more or less successfully -- into the local context. There is a LOT here, because the good collection of the historic carvings and statues to rooms and rooms of painting, silk painting, lacquer works etc. Yes, some of the standard revolutionary approaches and hymns to independence, but that's what the country is about and it is important to recognize the passion behind the positions. Not strong on explanation, but just amble and ramble and you will absorb a lot. Bracket it with the ethnography/history museums and a visit to contemporary galleries (such as Suzanne Lecht) and you will have a good grasp of the artistic whole.

Visited February 2014
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