Three colonial French mansions comprise the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. Though smaller than its counterpart in Hanoi, this museum still exhibits thousands of works of Vietnamese art. The space is relatively quiet, making it a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the gigantic city outside.
Artifacts and Artistry
Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts will find pieces from various points in Vietnamese history. One building contains pottery and religious sculptures from ancient civilizations, while another contains modern art from the country’s up-and-coming visionaries. The main building features paintings primarily from the Vietnam War period–fierce women wielding guns, guerrilla soldiers creeping through the lacquer underbrush.
The museum is within walking distance from several other art galleries, as well as major tourist attractions such as Ben Thanh Market. There’s also a small cafe on the museum grounds. There’s no air conditioning in the buildings, and the floors are not always even, so visitors should be careful, especially during the warmer months. Open daily from 9 to 5, tickets cost only 10,000 dong per person.