The Fine Art Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is spread over three buildings. Each building focuses on a. Specific period of art and history so you can work backwards or forwards as you want. The cost to see the entire museum is 30k VND which is more than reasonable. I found that the displays are more organized and contiguous in the first building and there is more contextual information for that period. Each of the buildings has three stories with the most beautiful interior architectural components. Part of the fun and enjoyment is seeing the beautiful home to the art work. There is no AC since they are older colonial buildings so I stopped afterwards for some water at a minimart across the street.
In no particular order or trying to preserve how I visited, here are a few pictures of the exhibits and the wonderful architecture. I stopped taking photographs after awhile to more enjoy the displays but some I think deserve to be showcased since their display was done so well.
I got the feeling that the museum is being actively developed so some areas seem well done while others are in the process of being complete. As an example, contextual history for the prehistoric artwork collection is not as comprehensive as the revolutionary or modern periods.
If you have the chance and are staying in District One, you should get to a set of the museums here. I will try to publish some kind of guide on the blog for the ones I saw as I get ready to leave the city. There is just so much to see here that if you only have a limited time you may need to pick things carefully.
The 30 days here is winding down to only a few weeks left. The remainder of this week before I leave for Vung Tau I will be working on seeing more museums and galleries and stuff here and also doing my daily walks and seeing the sights. I also am still finding new coffee shops every day to get to which is fun!
Another place I must get to next week is Cho Lon or China Town here. I am going to go one day next week for a day trip there by riding the bus there and back. More on that later!