Vietnam attracts a lot of tourists every year. Besides natural landscape and amusement parks, Vietnam owns many places that preserve historical and cultural values. In this article, we will together explore Vietnam: Four cannot-miss museums including Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Cham Sculpture, Oceanographic Museum and Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Art.

Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

Inaugurated in November 1997, Museum of Ethnology is where objects and documentation describing customs, cultures and daily life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam are preserved and displayed. The museum is located on Nguyen Van Huyen street, Cau Giay district.

Located on a three-hectare campus, the Museum of Ethnology displays about 10,000 exhibits, 15,000 photographs and other materials about the ethnic groups. The displaying area consists of 9 sections that are given the scientific arrangement to makes it easy for visitors to recognize the cultural identity and traditional values of each ethnic group in Vietnam.

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Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

Museum of Cham Sculpture, Danang

The Museum of Cham Sculpture was established in 1915 in a quiet area at the beginning of Trung Nu Vuong street and September 2nd street, Danang. At first, the museum was named after the French expert Musée Henri Parmentier, who was the first one to discover the My Son Sanctuary. This is the last collection of Cham culture in the world. The museum shows stone and terracotta objects that existed from the 7th to 15th centuries and were unearthed from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh.

Going into the museum, on the left are the objects found out in My Son Sanctuary. The next room is the scene of daily activities of the people of Tra Kieu and a Buddha statue and the Dharmapala statue detected in the Indochina. More than 450 objects in the museum can help visitors to see the zenith of Champa kingdom.

Oceanographic Museum, Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa

Established in 1922, the Oceanographic Museum is a research center, serves education and preserves natural, cultural and scientific heritage. Here there is the largest collection of tropical marine organisms in the area with more than 20,000 specimens of 10,000 species.The most impressive ones are the giant rare animal skeletons such as hunchbacked elephant skeleton with the length of 18 meters and the weight of 10 tons that is buried in the ground more than 200 years ago; giant flying squid that is 120 kilograms in weight and 1.2 meters in length; Dugong that is 500 kilograms in weight and 2 meters in length and many other precious specimens.

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Oceanographic Museum, Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts is located on Pho Duc Chinh street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, This building designed according to the Baroque style by a French architect. This style was used to be very popular at that time.

With a detailed layout, the museum gives visitors great convenience. After more than 20 years of establishment and development, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum has become one of the leading art centers in Vietnam. The museum now contains more than 20,000 works of fine art throughout many historical periods.

If you desire to get more knowledge of Vietnamese history, culture & art, it is suggested that you should visit these museums that will surely bring you exciting experiences.

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