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The Best Museums in Da Nang, Vietnam to learn about Vietnamese history, art, and culture

The Best Museums in Da Nang, Vietnam to learn about Vietnamese history, art, and culture

Of all the cities in Vietnam, Da Nang might be my favorite. Sure, it might not have the history of Hanoi, the culture of Hue, or the modern lifestyle and convenience of Saigon, but Da Nang offers a great balance of the three. Vietnam’s largest city in the central region is located right in the middle of the country along the coast. It’s a place where cultures intersect at a developed and beautiful oceanfront city.

Da Nang is close to the gorgeous and spiritual Marble Mountains, and is just half an hour or so from Hoi An, where you can join in the world-famous monthly lantern festival.

Da Nang itself is home to some really great attractions, too. Among them are some of Vietnam’s most interesting museums. I’ve chosen three of the best museums in the city. These are the ones that I think give visitors the best look at Vietnamese history and culture.

Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

Champa, or the Cham Kingdom was an ancient kingdom that ruled parts of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from the 2nd century until it was absorbed by Vietnam in the 19th century! While the Cham Kingdom is culturally related to the ancient Khmer Empire in Cambodia, it thrived and lasted much longer. In fact, you can still see Cham cultural societies in Vietnam today!

Khmer-style Cham artifacts at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

Khmer-style Cham artifacts at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

If you’ve been to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat, the Angkor National Museum, or the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, you’ve probably seen art and artifacts similar to the ones kept at the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Cambodia. However, as the Cham Kingdom and Khmer Empire were two different cultures, the art is actually different.

Khmer-style Cham carvings

Khmer-style Cham carvings

I’m a huge history guy, and I found this museum to be completely fascinating. The museum has an extensive collection and it impressively laid out and organized with plenty of information to present to the visitors.

Cham-style carved elephant at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Culture

Cham-style carved elephant at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Culture

Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture Location, Hours, and Admission

  • The Cham Sculpture Museum is located at Số 02 2 Tháng 9, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

  • https://goo.gl/maps/poHPax5yFEx

  • The museum is open daily from 7:00 - 17:00.

  • Admission to the museum is 60,000 VND.

Want to learn more about the history and culture of the ancient Cham Kingdom? Nha Trang is just a few hours south of Da Nang. There, you can find the Po Nagar Historical Park, a small but endlessly fascinating Cham ruin.

Da Nang Museum

Da Nang Museum

Da Nang Museum

The Da Nang Museum is centrally-located, and contains exhibits all about Da Nang and the central region of Vietnam. The majority of the exhibits are focused on the region’s war-era history - central Vietnam was the border between North and South Vietnam and as such, the fighting here was the heaviest - as well as the culture of several ethnic minority groups that live in the area.

entryway and interior at the Da Nang Museum

entryway and interior at the Da Nang Museum

Admission to the museum costs only $1, and you can spend several hours wandering through the interesting exhibits.

exhibits about local life along the sea in Da Nang, Vietnam

exhibits about local life along the sea in Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang Museum Location, Hours, and Admission

  • The Da Nang Museum is located at 24 Đường Trần Phú, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

  • https://goo.gl/maps/eqYoDgxYDVy

  • The museum is open daily from 8:00 - 17:00.

  • Admission to the museum is 20,000 VND.

Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts

carvings at the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts

carvings at the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts

When we were traveling in Vietnam, we really came to appreciate art museums. Unlike some museums, art museums are always air-conditioned (climate control helps to protect the paintings and other artwork on display), so you can always count on a cool and comfortable place to sit and rest for a few minutes if the sunlight and temperature are starting to wear you out.

art and artifacts at the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts

art and artifacts at the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts

Even more than an escape from the Vietnamese heat, though, the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts houses a beautiful collection of art from Vietnam’s past, as well as modern art from the contemporary period.

art from Da Nang’s past at the Museum of Fine Arts

art from Da Nang’s past at the Museum of Fine Arts

Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts Location, Hours, and Admission

  • The Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts is located at 78 Lê Duẩn, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

  • https://goo.gl/maps/HsePMFMB58v

  • The museum is open daily from 8:00 - 17:00.

  • Admission to the museum is 20,000 VND.

Other great museums in Vietnam:

The Best Museums in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

The Best Museums in Hanoi, Vietnam

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