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Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi

| 24 Jun 2019


Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Str., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi
08.30 - 1700

Our rating
24 Jun 2019

Vietnamʼs most important collection of painting, sculpture, lacquer and other objects is set in a French colonial building not far from Ba Dinh Square and the Military History Museum. There are some wonderful pieces in the collection. If you've been visiting over the decades though, you'll be shocked at how little has changed in comparison to the amount of change on Hanoi's streets right outside.

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The National Fine Arts Museum is the last word on Vietnamʼs artistic evolution all the way from Bronze Age Dong Son Drums to the late 20th century.

Highlights of the collection include Buddhist art, objects, costumes from Vietnamʼs ethnic minority groups and some stunning lacquer work. The collection of 20th century paintings naturally includes some Socialist Realism - always interesting.

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Photo: Mark BowyerFine Arts Museum, Hanoi

The colonial edifice that houses the museum has had many of its best features shaved off in renovations. The collection inside seems to offer a slightly shaven view of Vietnamʼs rich artistic heritage also. There are some gaps in the presentation of the country's artistic heritage.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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