San Art is the place to be for young artists. Being the usual rendezvous for art aficionados, it provides young artists with an opportunity to showcase their work to national and international partners. San Art is among the most active non-profit art organizations in Vietnam, forming a connection between contemporary art and our generation. When you are there, check out ‘San Art Laboratory’, a studio and residency program, which aims to promote and support young talents.
Add: San Art – 48/7 Me Linh, District Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh city
This gallery, located in the heart of District 1, makes clever use of its long, narrow interior by placing art work on sliding panels to reveal several paintings underneath. The gallery owners are friendly and informative and will gladly provide details of each piece, as well as a brief history of several artists hailing from all over the country. This private gallery has operated since 1990s and also features a range of works from portrait style canvas paintings to contemporary pieces.
Add: 100 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Giant Step Urban Art Gallery
If you ever find yourself wandering in 3A Station, don’t forget to check out Giant Step Urban Art Gallery. Giving art lovers a peek into an empire of street art, the gallery makes way for local artists’ unpublished works, new experiments, photographic memories, and personal sketches. It is a platform for street artists to converse and collaborate, with exhibitions and activities every month.
Add: 3A Ton Duc Thang street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The Factory Contemporary Art Center (FCAC)
With a spacious area of 1,000m2, the Factory is one of Saigon’s most happening contemporary art centers. Besides the open space for art exhibitions, it also features reading zones, teamwork rooms, and coffee areas. Its opening exhibition, Technophobe, featured exciting art forms such as 3D printing, video holograms, and audiovisual performances. Looking for avant-garde and new media art? Drop by the Factory!
Add: FCAC, 15 Nguyen Uu Di Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh city museum of fine arts
This is the top-rated art museum within the city. Here, you can catch a glimpse of what the local art scene looks like and what local artists are creating. This dauntingly huge complex features an appealing mix of French and Chinese architectural styles, as it was owned by a Chinese-born businessman who was one of the city’s richest men at the time it was constructed.
Add: 97A Pho Duc Chinh street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Duc Minh Art Gallery - Private Museum
This expansive private art collection is one of the best in the country. Duc Minh was one of Vietnam’s most important art collectors, saving pieces from potential destruction during the Vietnam war. His son, Bui Quoc Chi, has continued the family legacy by preserving the vast amount of pieces that range from from 1920–1990.
The current collection has expanded to feature more contemporary works and occasionally, Quoc Chi also offers guided tours. If you do find a tour date, grab it, tickets are a little bit expensive, but they sell out fast.
Add: 31C Le Quy Don street, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city