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Submitted on Jun 25, 2020 Useful Info

Cham Sculpture Museum Da Nang

Cham Museum Da Nang Introduction

Museum of Cham Sculpture Da Nang is the largest museum of exhibiting Cham artifacts in Vietnam, belonging to Da Nang Museum. This is a museum built by the French, specializing in collecting, storing and displaying relics on the sculpture art of the Champa Kingdom found in Cham towers and strongholds in the coastal provinces of South Central highland from Ha Tinh to Binh Thuan provinces.

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Champa Museum History

In the late 19th century, Quang Nam's envoy, Charles Lemire, from France, carried out the archaeological work of Cham cultural relics and brought the relics to be exhibited in Da Nang. Later, in 1900, the Vien Dong Bac Co Institute (École Française d'Extrême-Orient) conducted archaeological excavations on a larger scale. Since then, the need to build a museum in Da Nang for Cham antiques. In 1902, Henri Parmentier of the Vien Dong Bac Co school officially proposed the construction project and was carried out by two French architects, Delaval and Auclair. The result is a building with some Cham architectural features was built in Da Nang.

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The Cham Museum was built in 1915 until 1919 by the Vien Dong Bac Co Institute, completed and inaugurated with 160 sculpted antiques.

The original collection, collected by 19th-century archaeologist Henri Parmentier, is supplemented by the following findings. In 1927, architect J. Y. Claeys proposed to expand the museum, but the project was delayed until 1936. On March 11 in the re-opening of the museum in the presence of Parmentier, the Vien Dong Bac Co Institute honoured him by changing the name of Cham Museum to Musée Henri Parmentier. The new area is used to receive additional collections of excavated artifacts in Tra Kieu and Thap Mam in Binh Dinh province.

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In 1946, when the Franco-Vietnamese War spread, the Cham Museum Danang was raided. Archives and artifacts were stolen. By the year 1948, 150 antiques were collected, some of them lost in Laos.

Under the Republic of Vietnam, this facility was named the Cham Museum. In the 1950s and 1960s, Nguyen Ba Lang architect of the Archeological Institute enlarged the area of ​​the exhibition halls in a harmonious way, in keeping with the original architecture. Nguyen Xuan Dong, who had worked with Parmentier, was appointed director. In 1972, Nguyen Khon Lieu took charge.

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During the Vietnam War, through the movement of the Guimet Museum in France, the Cham Museum in Da Nang was well-guarded, and there were always regular guards so it was not damaged.

Only after 1975 did the authorities acquire it and by the end of the 1980s were a number of antiquities stolen by intruders.

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More than 40 years later, in 2002, a 2-storey building with about 2 thousand m² of the display area and about 500 m² of the warehouse was built in the back.

Cham Museum Da Nang Vietnam Location

Located at the junction near the junction of the 2 most beautiful streets of Da Nang city at No. 2, 2/9 Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang, right at the junction of Trung Nu Vuong, Bach Dang and 2/9 streets, opposite with Vietnam Television Center in Da Nang city, the Cham Museum of Cham Sculpture has a total area of 6,673 m², of which the display area is 2,000 m².

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The shape of the museum's facade modelled after the Gothique architecture, in harmony with the surrounding space, is an attraction for visitors when visiting Danang. The museum is open to visitors seven days a week.

What to see at Cham Museum Da Nang?

Currently, the Champa Museum of Sculpture Art - one of the most popular tourist attractions in Danang, owns nearly 2000 large and small artifacts. In particular, the total number of art objects on display is up to nearly 500 items and is divided by the geographical area where they were discovered or excavated, including Quang Tri room, Tra Kieu room, My Son, Dong Duong, Thap Mam - Binh Dinh, Quang Nam corridor, Quang Ngai corridor and an expanded gallery.

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With this division by geographical origin, visitors will have good experience with cultural monuments will easily recognize the typical imprint of the Cham architecture of each locality due to the cultural influence and lifestyle of each region of ancient Vietnam.

The main materials of most of the existing sculptures at Cham Museum are sandstone, earthenware and copper. Sandstone was used most in the period from the 7th to the 15th century with a very sophisticated and unique engraving pattern, showing an extreme development of Cham sculpture at that time.

Cham Museum Entrance Fee

To visit Cham Museum Da Nang, you have to buy entrance ticket and it costs VND 60,000 for adults. Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

Cham Museum Danang Opening Times

Cham Museum Vietnam opens from 7 am to 5 pm daily and even on the New Year.

How To Visit Cham Sculpture Museum Da Nang

If you stay in Da Nang city, you can walk there to visit, ride a bike or drive a scooter. If you would like to visit Cham Sculpture Museum and other highlights of Da Nang, you should book Da Nang City Tour. If you stay in Hue and would like to to visit Cham museum on the way to Hoi An, you should book Hue To Hoi An Private Car.

For more information about Da Nang Attractions, you should read our article: Things to do in Da Nang City from our blog.