Fine Arts Museum Hanoi is a must-see attraction if you are going to have a Hanoi travel journey. Here, you can immerse yourself in a world of thousands of artworks representing Vietnamese art, which date back to prehistory even and also demonstrate some famous features of other countries' art.
1. About Fine Arts Museum Hanoi Vietnam
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is situated at No. 66, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh Street, Hanoi. It can be easily seen and reached from the Temple of Literature. From the temple, you just need to cross the road to get to the museum.
- Opening hours
The museum opens from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM every day. On special Vietnamese occasions such as Tet Holiday, opening hours may change under notice from the museum.
- Ticket fee
- Children under 6 years old: Free
- Children from 6 - 16 years old: 10,000 VND
- Students: 15,000 VND
- Adults: 30,000 VND
- If visitors want to hire a presenter for the trip around the museum, the fee is 150,000 VND
Fine Arts Museum has been preserving and promoting the cultural and artistic heritage of Vietnamese ethnic groups. It is part of the system of Vietnamese national museums under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
This museum was built during the French colonial period in the 1930s, serving as a study place for French officials’ daughters.
In 1962, the building was renovated to exhibit Vietnamese artworks that date back to prehistory. As a result, the architecture of Hanoi Fine Arts Museum was modified from its original European style to incorporate Vietnamese architectural elements.
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum was officially opened for visitors in 1966 with a total area of 4,200 square meters and an exhibition area of 1,200 square meters. Between 1997 and 1999, it was expanded to a total of 4,737 square meters and an exhibition area of 3,000 square meters.
2. How to get to Fine Arts Museum with convenience?
There are many ways to get to the National Fine Arts Museum as it is located near the center of Hanoi. You can either:
- Take a taxi or motorbike taxi
- Take a bus, there are many bus routes that pass by the museum: 02, 18, 22, 23, 32, 33, 38, 45, 50
3. What are the interesting things to do at Fine Arts Museum?
Hanoi Fine Arts Museum is a great place to enjoy artworks and learn about the unique cultural and historical features of Vietnam and some countries around the world. Below are some activities that you can try at the museum:
3.1. Admire a valuable collection of artworks
More than 18,000 artifacts have been preserved in Hanoi Fine Arts Museum. One-ninth of those are on permanent display. The exhibited artworks show:
- Fine arts of Vietnamese ethnic groups
- Art in the Stone Age and Bronze Age
- Fine arts through Vietnamese feudal dynasties
- Folk art and handicraft art
- Modern art in Vietnam
The permanent exhibits of the museum show:
- Prehistoric art
- Fine arts from the 11th to the 19th century
- Contemporary art
- Applied art
- Folk art
- Vietnamese ceramic art from the 11th to the 20th century
3.2. Explore the creative area for children
As part of the museum's Fine Arts Education program, the museum opened a creative space in 2011. Children can try becoming painters and sculptors at this area, which is on the third floor of the building. Through experiential activities such as making collages or paintings, children are introduced to folk art and contemporary art in a simple and understandable way.
3.3. Enjoy coffee in an artistic space
After exploring the museum, you can take a rest at the coffee area on the premises. The foods and drinks here are quite tasty. This area is also where many young people take beautiful pictures when they visit the museum.
4. Important notes for your trip to Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi
Here are a few notes to keep in mind for your visit to Fine Arts Museum:
- Do not touch the exhibits
All the exhibits in the museum are of great value. Touching can damage them, making them lose their inherent unique beauty.
- No filming or taking pictures
Most museums do not allow photo taking. Here, it is better to admire the exhibits with your eyes than taking pictures.
- Tour with a guide
If you really want to learn about the things on display, you should hire a guide or bring a guidebook. The guide will let you experience and enjoy the art in the most professional way.
As Fine Arts Museum is located near the center of Hanoi, from here, visitors can easily get to many other tourist attractions, such as Hanoi Opera House, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Ly Thai To Monument, etc.
Additionally, for an unforgettable experience in Hanoi, make sure to stop by VinKE, a big indoor playground with a wide variety of fun games for both kids and adults. And don’t forget to come to the adjacent Vinpearl Aquarium to discover more about diverse aquatic life.
There are also many other wonderful destinations in Vietnam that have many scenic views, which will inspire the birth of many future artworks. Some famous destinations include Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, etc. While you are there, it is recommended that you choose a high-quality resort to have a great experience. Vinpearl is a prestigious Vietnamese hospitality brand, where you can experience many exceptional services to make your stay unprecedentedly comfortable.
Hanoi Fine Arts Museum is definitely an interesting spot where art-holics and others can immerse themselves in a world of art. The museum plays a crucial role in terms of introducing and promoting Vietnamese cultural and historical values.