Located in the center city, the Art Museum is an ideal destination for those who love culture and art.
The museum founded in 1987 is the place that collect, store and display art objects of Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding areas. Currently, there are more than 21,000 artifacts and precious collections of the artists from the Indochina Art School, Gia Dinh, the works after 1975, the resistance sketches, the statues privacy the Revolution war…
In addition, visitors can also admire the collections of ancient artifacts such as the Southern stone tools, the ancient Saigon pottery, Bien Hoa art pottery, Champa Art, Nam Bo ancient pottery… With this number of the exhibits, the museum becomes a major art center of Vietnam. In particular, there is a building with many windows – 99 windows – in Saigon.
In the past, the museum was the residence of the Chinese bourgeoisie. At first, the house used for housing and working, not for the function of a museum. The building built in the French architectural style of the late nineteenth century – the early twentieth century combines harmoniously with the oriental architecture in the outside decoration, roof tiles, ceramic tiles, and columns decorated with the pottery on roof… In this building, there used to be many valuable objects made from different materials.
The museum is designed in the Baroque style, which is very popular in France. This is one of the houses with the first unique architecture in Saigon. Through the ups and downs of almost one century, this work still retains the characteristics of the architecture. When visiting the museum, the visitors can see the first elevator that was installed in Saigon.
Today, the buildings in the museum are recognized as the art architectural relic with the municipal level. Two of the three floors of the exhibits are fixed, others are used for the short-term exhibitions. The Art Museum has just expanded the area according to the process of the art history of the city and the region, especially the modern ancient artifacts.
Annually, the museum regularly organizes the exhibitions of the units, organizations, and individuals of the nation and the foreign countries. Each year, there is an average of 10 to 25 exhibitions, including lots of the international exhibitions: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the work of the ASEAN countries, paintings of the artists from Russia, China, US, Italy, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, … The museum always supports the policy of propagandizing the art of Vietnam to the world; send the items to China, Austria – Belgium, Japan, USA, Singapore…
Visitors often come here on the weekends, the majority coming from the foreign countries. Many student groups, students also choose this museum as the place to refer the artistic classes or take place the extracurricular activities.
The museum opens 9 a.m to 17 p.m, from Tuesday to Sunday. The ticket: 10.000 VND for foreigners and 3.000 VND for the Vietnamese. Address: 97A, Pho Duc Chinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City