The Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum was established in September 1987 by the Ho Chi Minh City People Committee. It is housed in an impressive colonial building constructed at the turn of the century. The building once served as a commerce center. Housed in a three-story colonial building, the Art Museum in Saigon has a rich collection finest artworks ranging from classical sculptures to contemporary paintings.
The museum huge collection of displays include contemporary paintings by renowned Vietnamese and foreign artists, traditional handicrafts created by the nation’s ethnic groups, Vietnamese antiques like red-lacquered and gilded products, ceramics, mother-of-pearl inlaid wood and exhibits of Western art.
Some priceless Cham, Indian and Khmer pieces are also kept in this museum. The museum has three exhibition floors. The first floor displays contemporary art by local and international artists. Most exhibits on this floor are from traveling shows and are only temporarily on display.
The second-floor galleries display contemporary art from the museum’s permanent collection. This collection features sketches, paintings, and statues, the theme of which concentrate on the resistance to the various foreign rulers throughout Vietnamese history.
On the third floor are displays of traditional works from the 1st century to the early 20th century, for example, traditional handicrafts created by the nation’s ethnic groups, Vietnamese antiques such as red-lacquered and gilded products, ceramics, and mother-of-pearl inlaid wood.
The museum also owns some priceless Cham, Indian, and Khmer art pieces, created between the 7th and 17th centuries. On the interior of the building is a unique old elevator reminiscent of the ones found in Paris. It is a work of art in itself!.