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.