Gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s history through its compelling art. Travel with an art historian to Ho Chi Minh City’s museums, galleries and private collections to view incredible works from the past and present. Whether an art lover or passionate historian, this exclusive tour is a memorable day out.
9:00 am meet at a local cafe
English speaking guide only
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees for mentioned visits (if any)
What’s Not Included
Other services than mentioned
International and domestic Flights
Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
The day begins at one of Ho Chi Minh City’s local cafés. Meet with either Sophie or her colleague, Stuart, both local expats who are deeply involved in the city’s artisan community, for an introduction to Vietnam’s arts scene and overview of the tour.
The first stop on this fascinating Ho Chi Minh city art tour is an exclusive look at a private collection of colonial-era pieces. Using images on a tablet, see how European styles fused with traditional Vietnamese materials and techniques to give birth to modern Vietnamese art.
Continue to the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a stunning example of Sino-French architecture. Learn how artists have been tools of the government during resistance, revolution and reconstruction of a nation. The artworks from Northern and Southern artists before and after re-unification demonstrate how politics lead to Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom.
The last stop is a contemporary art gallery which works with Vietnamese and international artists, nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. End the tour with a final discussion about the future of Vietnamese art in an international context and what that means for the next generation of local artists. Following this insightful look into the local arts scene, say farewell to the guide and return to the hotel.
Note: this tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays due to closure of the museum & galleries. The tour is offered on a join in basis, so there may be other guests joining you on the tour. Our maximum group size is 10 people. For guests that do not want to go in a group, we also offer a private tour option for an extra charge.