Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is housed in a French colonial-style building painted in the distinct yellow with white trimmings. This massive building has elegant columns and wrought-iron work on its windows and balconies. Chinese style roof tiles are used on the roof.

Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
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The Fine Arts Musum houses some of the best Vietnamese art. This includes oil paintings and sculptures along with Vietnamese ceramics and lacquerware. Work by both Vietnamese as well as foreign artists are on display here, spread over three levels.

The first level of the museum displays a combination of traditional Chinese art, modern art, Belle Époque and Soviet propaganda art. On the second floor, you find mostly political art - meaning more propaganda - this time relating to Vietnam War. There are also Chinese-style porcelain here.

The third floor of the Fine Arts Museum has its most interesting exhibits. They include works of art from Vietnam's ancient civilizations. Among the items on display here include Cham statues, Oc Eo pottery and sculptures, and a fine set of wooden funerary statuettes from the central highlands of Vietnam.


The Fine Arts Museum is located at 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
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