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Hanoi Museum, Hanoi

| 16 Nov 2011
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Hanoi Museum, Hanoi
Pham Hung Street, Từ Liêm, Hanoi

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16 Nov 2011

You’ll need to have a lot of time, patience and enthusiasm to make the journey out of town to Hanoi’s newest museum. Impressive only in architectural ambition, the collection is light on and there is precious little information. Disappointing.

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Hanoi’s newest museum opened in 2010 as part of the city’s 1000th birthday celebrations. In architectural terms this is far and away the country’s most ambitious museum project. The inverted pyramid design is visually striking and is surprisingly functional. It seems to have been inspired by some of the more flamboyant modern creations in Beijing and Shanghai and was designed by German architects GMP.

Focused on the history of Hanoi and Vietnam, for now at least, the collection is poor and not worth the effort and cost of making the half hour journey from downtown Hanoi. Much of the collection is unidentified or poorly captioned.

The massive investment in this building might have been better spent on improving the curatorial quality of the city’s existing museums. There are plans to improve the collection and the information. This can’t happen quickly enough.

In the meantime, the building has the architectural world talking.
Mark Bowyer
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