s excellent Fine Arts Museum is housed in two buildings that were once the French Ministry of Information.
There’s some outstanding art here, with a collection of superb textiles, furniture and ceramics in the first building, which also showcases some terrific temporary exhibitions. But over in the magnificent main building things get even more impressive as room after room reveals artistic treasures from Vietnam including ancient Champa stone carvings and some astonishing effigies of Guan Yin (the thousand-eyed, thousand-armed) goddess of compassion. Look out too for the remarkable lacquered-wood statues of robed Buddhist monks, complete with drooping earlobes and fabulously expressive faces, from the Tay Son dynasty. There’s also a large collection of contemporary art.
Fine Arts Museum
There are a couple of galleries with contemporary art and folk-naive paintings. Reproductions of antiques are available, but ask for a certificate to clear these goods through customs when you leave Vietnam.
Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street