During your Hoi An travel journey, visiting Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An should be one of the top activities on your bucket list. This museum currently stores and exhibits more than 60 authentic traditional costumes, hundreds of photos, and many valuable artifacts of several Vietnamese tribes, which will provide you with abundant knowledge of Vietnam’s cultural diversity and richness.
1. Who is the founder of Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An?
Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, located in Hoi An Ancient Town, is the culmination of 7 years of exploring Vietnamese ethnic groups of a French photographer named Réhahn. Before settling in Hoi An in 2011, he had been to more than 35 countries. Réhahn is particularly well-known for his attractive pictures of people in Vietnam, Cuba, and India. He is a photographer who can successfully capture the soul of his models.
He observed the intricate diversity and fragility of some ethnic groups' cultural legacies during his journey in Vietnam and interacted with 49 out of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. All his pictures of strikingly different cultures, rare artifacts, and traditional clothing are now stored and displayed at Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An.
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2. How many areas does Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum have?
Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum has five main areas, spreading across more than 500 square meters in a building of 19th-century French architecture. There are hundreds of photographs, more than 60 traditional costumes displayed in the museum. Here, you will see Réhahn’s ten years of adventure and explore 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups as you go through each area.
2.1. The Fine Art room
Your first stop on your tour of the museum will be the Fine Art room. All of Réhahn's classic and best-selling pictures are here. The French photographer's career, vision, and artistic development are all shown through these photos which are deeply personal to him.
2.2. The Indigo room
As its name suggests, the room is painted in indigo, which is the color of the dye used by ethnic groups like the Dao, Nung, Hmong, and La Chi to make their extraordinary textiles. You can read about their sustainable method to create this non-toxic "paint" as well as the time-honored textile making art in the Indigo Room.
2.3. The Northern Vietnam area
Northern Vietnam is regarded by visitors as the most breathtaking area in Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An. It exhibits pictures of several ethnic groups living in remote areas in Northern Vietnam like the Cong, whose traditional history was largely lost when they fled from Laos to Vietnam, and the Si La, whose silver coin-lined outfits are thought to bring good luck. You can also find numerous pictures of the Dao, Pu Peo, Kho Mu, and Hmong here.
2.4. The Central and Southern Vietnam area
The Central and Southern Vietnam area of the museum offers tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to admire pictures of ethnic people and their traditional costumes living in the Central and Southern region. This area also displays pictures of the O Du, the smallest ethnic minority in Vietnam, consisting of only 376 people.
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3. Other famous museums in Hoi An to visit
Besides Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, there are several well-known museums that tourists should visit during their trip in Hoi An Ancient Town:
- Museum of Trade Ceramics
The Museum of Trade Ceramics is an ideal place for travelers to admire unique and sophisticated artifacts made of ceramic. The 361 exhibits on display all date from the 9th to the 19th century. Each artifact vividly reflects the development of Vietnamese pottery.
- Sa Huynh Culture Museum
This Hoi An museum stores up to 971 artifacts related to the ancient Sa Huynh culture and its people, who are believed to be the original residents of Hoi An 2000 years ago. Here, visitors will have an opportunity to admire unique ancient artifacts, such as jewelry, utensils, and clothing. The museum's exhibition also helps visitors learn about the customs and habits of the ancient Sa Huynh people, such as weddings, funerals, burial customs, and their concept of life and death.
- Folklore Museum
Hoi An Folklore Museum has been preserving the cultural values of Hoi An Ancient Town since its formation. This two-storey old museum displays many impressive sculptures and carvings that clearly represent the culture of Hoi An, along with some folk art forms such as Bai Choi, Thien Cau Dance, Ba Trao Singing.
- Museum of History and Culture
Hoi An Museum of History and Cultural provides tourists an opportunity to explore the historical periods of this heritage land, from the time it was discovered to the time it became a busy trading port. This place currently displays 434 artifacts with many themes that are arranged chronologically.
- Hoi An Silk Museum
Hoi An Silk Museum is an ideal destination for you to gain a deeper insight into the silk industry of Hoi An. Coming to this museum, visitors will have a chance to admire the rustic beauty of traditional Vietnamese houses and see the process of making silk with ancient looms. Visitors can also watch silkworms creating cocoons on mulberry branches and releasing shiny silk threads.
Besides Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, there are many other famous Hoi An tourist attractions that you should visit, such as Japanese Bridge Hoi An, Tan Ky Old House, Quan Cong Temple, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Hoi An night market, VinWonders Nam Hoi An, etc.
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Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An is a wonderful place for travel enthusiasts who want to explore the cultural diversity and richness of Vietnamese ethnic groups. If you are planning to spend your holiday in this ancient town, it is highly recommended that you visit this art space.
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