A quiet afternoon at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum

Located near the Bến Thành Market, the Fine Arts Museum exhibits some of the greatest artworks created throughout the history of the Vietnam. There are also works from renowned foreign artists being exhibited.

The museum is housed in an impressive colonial building with both Chinese and French influences. Both influences complement each other very well and are produce an architecture that’s very pleasing to the eye.


Admissions into the Fine Arts Museum costs 10,000 VND and tickets can be purchased outside the museum.


The interior of the building is just as impressive as the exterior. I love the simplicity and large space. There is also an antique lift (non-working) at the main staircase.


Walking up the stairs, I noticed the well-restored French influenced windows and stair railings.


On the second and third floors, vintage sliding gates are installed to lock portions of the floor, retaining the vintage look of the building.


On the first floor, the museum displays modern and contemporary art. Each room contains several art pieces of sculptures. Again, the large space allows visitors to take their time to browse through the art collection.



The second floor showcases art collections related to the country’s resistance to the colonial rulers in the past.





The third floor is probably my favorite because it showcases historical artifacts from the 7th – 17th century. Having visited Cambodia previously, I’m glad to be able to recognize the Khmer and Indian artifacts on display (at least I learnt something).



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I enjoyed myself a lot when visiting the Fine Arts Museum because although it had a good collection of art, it seems that not many travellers visit this museum. During my visit, I pretty much had the entire museum to myself. If you are into art and history, I strongly encourage you to visit the Fine Arts Museum.

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