My Thuat Museum
A good introduction to Vietnamese painting, lacquer and ceramics, the collection inside Hanoi's My Thuat Museum includes everything from 1,000 year-old silk paintings to more modern work, much of which depicts the war and its aftermath. My Thuat _ or Fine Arts _ Museum is housed in a building that was originally occupied by the French Ministry of Information. First opened in Hanoi in 1966, the museum is in need of much restoration.
You'll find a vast collection of relics and contemporary works inside Hanoi's My Thuat Museum. The architectural style of the building is mostly classical, with a few Asian design flourishes at the roof. My Thuat Museum's displays are spread across two wings. In the main wing's ground floor you'll find the oldest treasures such as sandstone and lacquered wood sculptures; head up to the second floor to appreciate paintings. The museum's new wing is home to ethnic Vietnamese decorative arts and costumes. Find the My Thuat Museum west of Hanoi's Old Quarter on Nguyen Thai Hoc.