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“Always Interesting”

Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat)
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Owner description: This museum was opened in 1966. Though in need of updating, some interesting artifacts are on display in its three floors organized chronologically.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Always Interesting”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

This was my 4th visit to Hanoi in 7 years and each time I have visited this Museum. It's in a rambling old French villa and has lots of fine exhibits. The museum shop which is a little hard to find is well worth looking for/buying at.
At $1 (20KDong) this is a bargain and being very close to Craftlink, KOTO and the Temple of Literature all in Van Mieu makes a lovely day out.

Visited November 2013
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Verona, Virginia
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“Surprising museum”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Quite a surprise to find such a good fine arts museum. Well worth a visit, and close to the Opera House.

Visited November 2013
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“Second half was much better (in my opinion)”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

I loved the second part of the gallery with the painting and carvings made from different materials. It was unique and the gallery was in an attractive building. The first part didn't really interest me, more contemporary.

Is it worth a visit?.... Yes, but not if time is limited.

Visited October 2013
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Walt Disney World, Florida
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“Great Art Museum”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

A very comprehensive collection of Vietnamese art, from ancient to present times. Many different media are represented - painting, sculpture, posters, etc.

The Fine Arts Museum is across from Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) and the two can be combined, although that would make for a tiring day. Or, save this for an impossibly hot or rainy day. If you're visiting in the summer you'll have your pick of both!

Visited September 2013
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South San Francisco, California
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“must-see if you're in Hanoi and you love art”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

I really enjoyed visiting this museum. There was so much amazing art in there across the entire span of Vietnam's history. I was really impressed, not only by how gorgeous much of the art was, but also how unusual and unique to Vietnam. There were many images combining imagery of both war and nature. A few soldiers crossing a small footbridge in a huge steamy green jungle, for example. Another popular theme was the inclusion of modern elements in what seems at first to be a very traditional painting. Village scenes scattered with communist flags. Fishermen casting nets with freighters and smokestacks in the background. I especially loved the lacquer engraving and lacquer painting in the main building. The use of color and composition by Vietnamese artists is spectacular. It reminded me a lot of Klee, one of my favorite artists.

I would have to agree with some of the reviewers who commented on what a shame it was that the building itself is probably not very kind to the art. It didn't appear to be very well climate- or humidity-controlled. Also, the official policy is no photos at all, without the museum director's express consent. I really wish they at least allowed photos without flash. There was so much art I loved and would like to remember. They didn't seem to be enforcing the policy very strongly though, so if you have a camera with a discreet setting, you should be able to quietly sneak in a few shots.

There is a cafe on the premises, but I didn't get a chance to check it out. Also free lockers next to the ticket window. Tickets 20,000 dong. Quite a bargain! I might go back to check out their applied art exhibit since I didn't have time to view that. Which reminds me...they started kicking people out as early as 4:45pm, even though closing time is supposed to be 5pm.

Visited November 2013
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