Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum is located at No. 3, Le Truc Street, Hue City, under the management of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre. This is the first museum in Hue (in 1923), with the first name is Khai Dinh Musée. The Museum has been renamed several times: the Hue Ancient Museum (1947), the Hue Museum (1958), the Museum of Antiquities (1979), the Hue Antiquities Museum (1992) and the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum (1992).
The campus of Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum is 6.330 m2 wide. It consists of a main building in the middle of an area of 1.185 m2 and some auxiliary buildings used as stockpiles of antiques and garden.
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The main building is Long An Palace in Bao Dinh Palace, it was built in 1845 to be used as the Library of Quoc Tu Giam School under the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty, named Thieu Tri. Long An Palace is a beautiful structure by precious wood is built with 128 columns, on columns with carved four animals spiritual: Dragon – Qilin-Turtle – Fenghuang, more than 1000 poetry in kanji.Interior decoration is extremely rich, diverse, rich in art and very elegant. In 1923, at the suggestion of “Hội Đô Thành Hiếu Cổ”, this building was used as the Musée Khai Dinh.
Currently, the museum displays more than 300 artifacts made of gold, porcelain, royal items and royal uniforms, the costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty, giving visitors an overview of Hue court life.
The artifacts in the Museum were collected and stored since 1913 (when Hội Đô Thành Hiếu Cổ was founded) until before 1945. The number of artifacts is about 10,000 items. Amongst them, most of them belonged to the imperial household, the royal furnitures, the fine art works in the palaces … with many materials, gold, silver, pearl, bronze, ivory, glass and paper,…
Artifacts at Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum
It can be said Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum is a collection of ceramics of the Nguyen Dynasty and other countries. In the museum, there are up to 700 artifacts of pottery, glazed pottery from the Ly dynasty to the Nguyen Dynasty. In addition, there are Chinese ceramics, Japan, France, … The museum is a place to preserve to thousands of other artifacts. The most famous artifacts here are glazed earthenware, also known as “Bleu de Hue”. In glaze ware store, there are also some made in France, Japan, Britain, USA … About 100 clothes of kings, queens, princes, mandarins, soldiers are also kept in fabric store. In addition, the museum also stores a lot of artifacts are quite unique is considered invaluable.
On the campus of The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum, there is another storehouse that houses more than 80 Cham artifacts collected in the ancient Châu Ô and ChâuLý in the past, and archaeological excavations in Tra Kieu in 1927. The Cham artifacts have been evaluated by many researchers as rare cultural heritages.
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Featured gallery at Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum
In The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum, textiles play a very important role, reflecting a golden age of the dynasty, reflecting the life and activities of the people of the dynasty as well as proof of a historical period. And that is one of the living specimens reflecting the Vietnamese textile profession in a historical period.
Hue is the capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty, where the living and work of the imperial mandarin and the place where the game of entertainment is unique. The game of the imperial mandarins and upper classes was very rich at the time. In the reign of King Bao Dai appeared many more Western – style games. In particular, Bao Dai and Tu Duc have a very special game and they are very good at playing this game, it called touhu. In Hue Museum of Fine Arts is still presenting 3 types of touhu.
Collection of porcelain in Long An Palace
The costumes of the Nguyen kings are also of many kinds. Each type has its own name, color and is only worn on specific occasions. It can be divided into groups: ritual costume and finally, casual clothing,…. Each group includes: shirts, hats, belts, trousers, boots,… tailor made in their own way, called separately and bring different color patterns. Presently in The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum also kept quite full of the costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Antiques in the Nguyen Dynasty relics
Besides The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum, Hue is also home to the most ancient artifacts of the Nguyen Dynasty. There are monuments such as Thieu Tri tomb, TuDuc tomb, KhaiDinh tomb, Dong Khanh tomb, The Mieu shrine, Hue Nam Palace, Thai Hoa Palace, souvenir temple ĐứcTừCung… are places worshiping and displaying ancient the most precious of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Collection of coins
Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum has a unique and valuable collection of coins which arranged in a unique way in Vietnam. The theme “The currency that circulated in Vietnam from the Northern domination to the Nguyen Dynasty” reflects the lives of the Vietnamese people at that time, giving visitors and researchers a new perspective on the collection of coins.
All the artifacts displayed at The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum are valuable works of art made by skilled craftsmen. To see the unique artifacts, and to understand more about the history of the national culture, do not miss the opportunity to visit The Hue Museum of Fine Arts when traveling Hue.
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