Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

Coming Ho Chi Minh City, foreign tourists are particularly interested in Uncle Hoa House a unique architectural work. Today, this palace functions as the Fine Arts Museum.

General information

Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00

Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Entrance fee: 30,000 VND

Website: www.baotangmythuattphcm.vn

Location

Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum is located at 97 Pho Duc Chinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, in the middle of four streets: Pho Duc Chinh, Le Thi Hong Gam, Calmette and Nguyen Thai Binh, near Ben Thanh Market. The building is in the middle of a large campus, with a letter U shaped design. The outdoor display area has the area of 2600m2, the inside display area has the area of 2900 m2.

Forming history

The building of the museum was designed by Mr.Mirera, a French Architect in 1929 and finished building in 1934. The owner of this building is Mr. Hui Bon Hoa (1845-1901), a wealthy and famous trader of old Saigon land.  He is also the owner of many other famous works such as Majestic Hotel, Tu Du Hospital, Saigon Emergency Center, Phung Son Pagoda. In 1987, the building was used as Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, but due to lack of artifacts, it was not put into operation until 1992.

Building Architecture

The building of the museum has 4 floors made of concrete material and the thickness is 40cm or 60cm. The building has 99 doors and windows. It looks rather majestic but friendly because of the graceful motifs and patterns and gentle colors.

The building architecture is a harmonious combination of Western architecture and Eastern architecture. The details are bold  West like the concrete balconies, the curling iron staircases, the floor covered with flower bricks, the stairs covered with marble, some windows set with colorful glass. The details are bold East like the red yin and yang tiles, the roof decorated with ceramics, the two main doors having parallel sentences, the upper part of each window having a circle frame in the middle with a swastika.

Especially in the building, there is a wooden elevator and this is one of the buildings in Saigon with elevator. Through nearly 100 years, the building architecture is nearly intact. It is massive, magnificent like a castle. The house has contributed to making Saigon become “the pearl of the far east” before.

Artifact Displaying

The museum has over 20,000 artifacts that cover picture and sculpture works having great value about history and art, related to famous authors. The building has 4 floors, every floor has a function as follows:

  • The ground floor: used as a working office and a painting display room.
  • The first floor: Used to organize art and cultural activities.
  • The second floor: space to display modern artworks, especially the battlefield sketches with high historical value.
  • The third floor: Space to display ancient artworks and modern artworks, traditional handicrafts.

In addition, every year the Museum regularly organizes exhibitions of fine artworks of domestic and foreign organizations and individuals. Each year there are average from 10-25 exhibitions, including many international exhibitions: the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, works of ASEAN countries, paintings of Russian, Chinese, American, Italian, Canadian, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, Korea, Indonesia. The Fine Arts Museum has always supported the policy of propagating Vietnamese art to the world. The museum has sent some artifacts to China, Austria, Belgium, Japan, America, Singapore and so on.

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