Located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Ba Dinh
district, Hanoi, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a national museum
established by the Vietnamese government to preserve and present the country’s artistic essences.
Like many other buildings that house museums in Hanoi
, it was built in the 1930s as a Girl School for Indochina high-ranked officers.
In 1962, with the permission of the Government, Ministry of Culture, it is renovated and added the decorative architecture of Vietnam village in order to display arts of Vietnam. In 1966, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum was officially inaugurated with a surface area of 4200 m2 and a display area is 1200 m2. In 1997-1999, it has been expanded with a total area of 4737m2.
With more than 20,000 works of art of which about 3,000 objects are on display, the permanent exhibition of the museum is presented into six major themes:
- Prehistoric arts
- Arts from the 11th to 19th century
- Arts from the early 20th century to present
- Traditional applied arts
- Folk arts