Ho Minh City, locally known as Saigon, is a popular city of Vietnam known for its modern and chaotic city life. Amidst all the high-rising buildings and jam-packed city streets, what one fails to notice is that there are a lot of magnificent art galleries and museums hidden here which are worth exploring. There are several significant museums which beautifully display the ancient and historic past of Ho Chi Minh. Here are the most famous and popular museums in Ho Chi Minh city which offer a fascinating experience for every visitor.
War Remnants Museum
Established in 1975, Vietnam’s most-visited museum tells the tragic story of the war that shook the world. The War Remnants Museum examines the scars of the Vietnam War through well-arranged exhibits of pictures, documents, and artifacts. The experience can be gruesome enough to leave a lasting memory, especially Monsanto’s Agent Orange section. You will leave the museum thinking one thing, war is hell.
Ao Dai Museum
It is one of the most spectacular Ho Chi Minh city museums which is aimed at making the locals and tourists aware of the traditional fashion of Vietnam. It is a fascinating museum which displays the 30 different and unique designs of the traditional Ao Dai. These original designs date back to the 17th and 18th century. This idea was first invented and promoted by the famous designer Le Sy Hoang. Several small dolls with the traditional long dresses are sold as souvenirs here.
Vietnam History Museum
The Vietnam History Museum is another amazing piece of architecture, clearly influenced by French colonialism when it opened in 1929. Through a varied collection of artifacts and documents, the museum explores the country’s pre-war eras, Cham and Khmer culture, and prehistoric times such as the Bronze Age (Dong Son civilization). Set beside the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, this makes for a great detour while on the tourist circuit.
FITO Museum (Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine)
As the first museum of Vietnamese medicine, FITO museum does provide an in-depth glance at the interesting world of the county’s traditional medicine, which is heavily impacted by Chinese philosophy. This spectacular building is said to store and display around 3000 items dating back to the Stone Age, such as tools, medicinal herbs, decorative containers, medicinal charts, books, journals and wooden paintings. What leaves deeply in your mind when moving from room to room is the fluid combination of architecture!
The idea is just like a home you can see in the North, blended with different aspects of Hue style in the open air balconies. From the top, there is also a representation of the Cham style. So, there is no denying the fact that why your feeling frequently changes after moving another room.
Artinus 3D Museum
The Artinus 3D art museum is one for families. The concept is interesting, all the images are optical illusions designed to trick and entertain your mind. Stand on the indicated spot and you will no longer be a passive observer, but a participant of the 3D painting the artist has created. The museum is located a little out of town but it is well worth the visit, as you will easily spend a couple of hours here. There is an entrance fee of VND 200,000 (USD $10).
Fine Arts Museum
Fine Arts Museum is one of the largest galleries in the city, dedicated to contemporary Vietnamese and international art. Built in September 1987, it stands out as a yellow and white colonial mansion. In general, inside the museum of art, displays are arranged in 3 primary floors. The first 2 floors showcase a collection of paintings by well-known Vietnamese and international artists. Meanwhile, the third floor is considered a repository of art which was created between the 7th and early 20th centuries.
Further, you can also broaden your knowledge and vision by a collection of traditional artworks from many regions of the country. Under the cleverness and skillfulness of talented artists, visitors will gain an insight into the evolving art scene of the whole country for sure.