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Unveiling Vietnam's History Through Art - Hanoi
Unveiling Vietnam's History Through Art - Hanoi

Unveiling Vietnam's History Through Art - Hanoi

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Vietnam’s tumultuous history is certainly colourful. And its talented artists have told the country’s vivid tales with imagination. On this journey guests will gain a better understanding of the nation by visiting Hanoi’s venerable museums and its leading contemporary art galleries.



Transfer from your hotel to a charming art café for an introduction to modern Vietnamese history. The next stop is the National Museum of Fine Arts housed in an impressive former French convent. Beginning with artworks from the colonial era guests invited to see how European styles fused with traditional Vietnamese materials to give birth to modern Vietnamese art.

Continue to the adjoining room where works made during the two Indochina wars are displayed. War time sketches, propaganda poster and impressive, government commissioned lacquer works will help visitors understand essential role of artists in revolution and reconstruction of a nation.

The tour continues in an air-conditioned vehicle to one Hanoi’s longest running galleries. Here visitors are invited to see the rapid changes Vietnam underwent after the war with the arrival of a contemporary art market. Guests will also see the works of the first generation of young contemporary artists.

The final destination is a vibrant art space cafe housed in a stunning colonial era villa. Here guests will have the opportunity to view the current exhibition before being given a lively and informative presentation about the work of Vietnamese contemporary artists. The future of Vietnamese art and the next generation of Vietnamese artists are discussed. Afterwards transfer back to your hotel.



This tour is delivered by a resident of Hanoi with a wide art background, and is the result of extensive research, working with renowned researchers and historian, artists and gallery owners, curators and collectors. This tour will usually be conducted by either Fabiola Buchele or Bill Nguyen. Fabiola is an Austrian arts and culture journalist who moved to Hanoi three years ago from London to start the online publication & of Other Things which covers the alternative arts and culture scene in Vietnam. Bill studied art history in the UK before returning to his native Hanoi to work as an artist and is the co-founder of Manzi.



  • The itinerary may be slightly modified to give an opportunity to view current exhibitions.
  • Booking minimum 24 hours in advance.
  • This tour is on private basis and is only operated in the morning from 9.00 until 13.00. Afternoon tours upon request.
  • This tour is not available on Sundays due to closure of the museum & galleries.


Price : Please contact us for pricing


Our services include:

  • English, Vietnamese, German speaking guide only
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by  air conditioned vehicle
  • Tea or coffee at the beginning of the tour and light snack during the tour
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits


Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, tips, telephone calls, travel insurance,  and expenditure of a personal nature

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icon-quote-l  Part of the magical journey was meeting Daniel Hoyer (our wonderful cooking guide in Hanoi). Daniel was wonderful and we experienced a day that we would have not had otherwise. We loved sitting on our little milking stools and eating food cooked by families on the bottom floors of their homes.  icon-quote-r

Jennie & Vi

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