The ancient town of Hoi an has several museums housed in historic buildings. The four best museums in Hoi An Ancient Town include:
1. Museum of Trade Ceramics
This museum is my top pick, and you can enter with the Hoi an ancient town ticket. On display in the museum are ceramic pottery which dates back from 9th to the 19th century.
The exhibits are largely from China, Vietnam and Japan. Highlight of the Ceramic Museum are the pottery from Bao Tang Dynasty which dates way back to 7th-10th century.
The old timber wood building of Ceramics Museum has also a beautiful inner courtyard. You can climb up the stairs to the creaky wooden floor atop for a lovely view of the walking street. Located on 80 Tran Phu Street,
The Museum of Trade Ceramics, your perfect answer to what to see and do in hoi an, remains open from 08:00 to 17:00 everyday.
2. Sa Huynh Culture Museum
Sa Huynh Culture Museum highlights the Sa Huỳnh culture which prevailed in the Hoi An area some 3000 years back. The museum has a collection of pottery originating from the 1st and 2nd centuries.
The museum was established in the year 1994 and collection has kept on growing over the years. On display in the Sa Huynh Culture Museum are the collection from Cham culture, Bai Ong (an Island in Hoi an).
There are several artifacts that you can see in the Sa Huynh Culture Museum belonging to Cham people in Vietnam. The Cham artifacts include Jewelry, items of daily use, and work tools like axes.
During your trip to the Sa Huynh Culture Museum you can also see objects used in funerary rituals such as jar burials. You will get familiar with burial customs of the Champa kingdom and their concepts of life and death.
Statues of Hindu Gods – including Shiva, Vishnu, Garuda and Apsara, from the Champa kingdom can also be found in the museum. The museum provides fascinating addition to your trip to another cultural heritage site near Hoi An – My Son.
The museum is located on the Tran Phu Street and you can simply walk-in by showing your Hoi An Ancient Town ticket. Truly, a visit to trip to culture museum is one of the top things to do in Hoi an old town.
3. Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
One of the places to visit in Hoi An Old Town, Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, presents unique collection of artifacts related to the town’s history.
The highlight of Hoi An Museum of History and Culture are the old photographs; the vintage black and white pictures of Hoi An area good enough to keep you busy for some time.
In the Hoi An museum you will also find ceramics and pottery ranging from the times of Champa kingdom (7th-15th AD) to Da Viet (5th to 19th AD).
Visit to the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture is a must if you are looking to get a feel of how Hoi An evolved over the period of time. The museum remains open from 8 in the morning to 5 PM.
4. Museum of Folk Culture
Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture was started more recently, in the year 2005. The Museum of Folklore documents the daily lives of the Hoi An people.
On display in the museums are objects depicting the life traditional Vietnamese villages, folk arts, trademark Hoi An lanterns, silk items and the costumes that people in the villages once wore. There are life size models of some of the folk dance forms – Bai Choi, Ba Trao and Thien Cau.
Pay a visit to Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture if you are interested in seeing in details the local culture and the insights into the daily lives of Hoi An people.