museums & galleries
The Ho Chi Minh Museum is actually two attractions in one, and both of these are unique to the City of Da Nang. There can be no doubt that Ho Chi Minh was the most influential Vietnamese person to emerge within the last century. Within the Ho Chi Minh Museum the visitor will find a veritable wealth of information and artifacts about not only the life of Ho Chi Minh, but also the events which he influenced.
The museum is split into four separate parts. Each section tells a slightly different story of the life of Ho Chi Minh. The visitor learns to appreciate the deep love and respect he had for Vietnam and its people, the loyalty he felt towards the soldiers of the Fifth Division, and the depth of his understanding of world politics and the effect they had upon Vietnam during his life.
Within the grounds of the Ho Chi Minh Museum are Uncle Ho’s Stilt House, Gardens and Aquarium. This is an almost perfect reproduction of the house he lived in whist in Hanoi. Within the grounds of the house is a well maintained and still productive orchard, as well as an impressive aquarium.
There can be no doubt that the man Ho Chi Minh, and the events he instigated and influenced, had a far ranging effect upon Vietnam and its people. No other South East Asian personality did so much in such a short time, wining the hearts of their nation in entirety. If you have any interest in modern Vietnamese history, or even world history in general, then you absolutely must visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Uncle Ho’s Stilt House, Gardens and Aquarium whilst you are visiting the City of Da Nang.
Located on Le Duan Street, the Da Nang General Museum is something of a hidden wonder. Outside the street is full of the hustle and bustle of Da Nang life. However, upon passing through the small entry gate, a visitor to the Da Nang General Museum discovers a space of tranquility within the chaotic Da Nang City.
The museum grounds are landscaped, and plenty of small Bonsai trees, flowers and shaded groves add to the serenity. Entirely peaceful yet very Vietnamese.
Within the museum the visitor will find a wealth of interesting artifacts and exhibits, all of which tell the stories and legends of Da Nang, as well as demonstrating the history of the city.
Exhibits include old tools and other working instruments which give a glimpse of working life in old Vietnam. Interactive exhibits including the folk songs of the Quang people allow the visitor to taste Vietnamese life in an older time. Every exhibit and object within the museum instills a specifically Da Nang focused fact into he mind of the visitor.
Much of the Da Nang General Museum is given over to war artifacts. War has been a constant of Vietnamese history for many centuries. Within the museum the visitor encounters every possible facets of war in Vietnam, from the ancient conflicts using spear and bow to the more recent hostilities using shell and bullet.
This homage to the violent history of Vietnam makes the museum very popular with local Vietnamese people. Many visit it to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the many wars which Vietnam has suffered under.
Any visitor to Da Nang, who has at least a passing interest history, would definitely be advised to spare some time to visit the Da Nang General Museum.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture is one of the more unique attractions which the City of Da Nang has to offer. As the name suggest, this is a museum which specializes in exhibiting early Vietnamese sculptures. Almost every sculpture on display within the museum was originally from Da Nang (named Tourane at the time these sculptures were crafted) and Quang Nam. The Museum of Cham Sculpture is located Hai Thang Road and is quite easy to find.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture was originally opened in 1919, although it was quite small when it was first opened, with only a handful of sculptures on display. Over the years it has slowly grown, with some overflow of sculptures being sent on for display in Ha Noi, Sai Gon and even Paris.
The museum is split into several parts, each presenting a different exhibition. The Quang Tri Gallery holds some dozen or more works from the 7th and 8th century. The Quang Nam gallery holds over 30 words form the 8th to the 10th century. The Quang Ngai Gallery holds 14 works from the 10th to the 12th century. The Kieu Gallery which holds only works and relics located in the Duy Son Village. The My Son gallery which holds relics from this sacred location. The Thap Mam Gallery which contains a collection of sculptures from the Bing Binh province and the Enlarged Gallery, this is the main collection consisting of over 150 exhibits.
The museum also hosts a full yearly schedule of events and guided tours, almost all of which are conducted in English. The Museum of Cham Sculpture is definitely a venue which history and art lovers will want to visit whilst they are in Da Nang. This is the only museum of its kind to be found anywhere in Vietnam.