Just across the street from the Temple of Literature, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum can be found spotted easily from afar.
Just across the street from the Temple of Literature, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum can be easily spottedfrom afar. Like many other buildings that house museums in Hanoi, it was built in the 1930s as a Girl School for Indochina high-ranked officers. In 1966, it officially became Vietnam Fine Arts Museum where store many of Vietnamese artistic essences.
The museum displays not only paintings, ceramics and lacquers created by modern Post-war artists but many of its contents date back as far as pre-historic and feudalism time.
It is a museum showcasing Vietnam's fine arts from a range of historical periods. It is the country's primary art museum, the second being the smaller Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. Much of the 20th Century art presented in the museum is concerned with folk narratives of a nation in defence.
As a collection it draws on themes of martyrdom, patriotism, military strategy and overcoming enemy incursion. The museum presents a small collection of late 20th and early 21st Century painting, including works by artists exploring abstraction and abstract impressionism, giving greater attention to the individualist artist.
Unfortunately, many of the art work found here are replicate, for the original has by and large been destroyed during Viet Nam war. It is worth heading here after you have visited the Temple of Literature. Guided tours in English and French are available at entrance door.
Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi
Opening hours: Everyday except for Monday, 8:30-17:00
Entrance fee: 20,000 (USD 1)