Opened in 1966, the museum has an impressive collection of around 20 thousand objects and artworks organized on three floors. It displays roughly 2000 pieces representing Vietnamese arts from prehistoric times to this day. Over the years, the museum secured in its collection 9 National Treasures, the most famous of which is the Statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokisteshvara, Uncle Ho in the Viet Bac War Zone by Duong Bich Lien, and a door carved with dragon motifs from the interior gate of Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh province.
Besides the national treasures, the museum has an extensive collection of paintings including lacquer, oil, silk, paper, various folk paintings, and a remarkable collection of sculptures.
You can also examine Vietnamese Ceramic Art from between the 11th and 20th century. The museum has a notable media presence, recording workshops on various topics, for example, how to restore old paintings.
It is recommended to check the museum's website before your visit for numerous events and exhibitions. The museum is closed on Mondays.