Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is one of the most fascinating museums in Vietnam. It’s home to several cultural artifacts in the Central and Central Highlands of Vietnam, preserving the spirit of the ancient Champa kingdom.
If you’re in Da Nang, this museum is a must-see!
I visited this museum and was impressed by its relics and details. In this travel guide, I’ll share useful information about Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, including the opening hours, things to see, and other tips.
About Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
The construction of Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture started in 1915, and it was opened in 1919 with French architecture.
However, its foundation started a long time before that. Archaeologists have been collecting Champa sculptures since the late 19th century.
Da Nang Cham museum has undergone three restorations and expansions in 2002, 2005, and 2016.
It was designed in the Gothic style by two French architects. The highlight of the main building is the arc-shaped roofs with pointed tips. Thanks to the design with large windows, most of the museum’s display areas are naturally lit.
Nowadays, the museum collects, preserves, and displays rare and precious artifacts of Cham cultures found in Cham towers and ramparts in the South Central Coast and the Central Highlands provinces.
How to get to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is located at the intersection between 2/9 Street and Trung Nu Vuong Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City.
The museum is about 3 km from the airport and 4 km from the train station.
You can easily get to the museum by taxi, private car, or motorbike.
If you travel in a group, renting a private car charter for half a day or a day is an excellent idea. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter in Da Nang for just $4.5 a day. You can also join a Da nang day trip and explore the city.
Da Nang Cham Museum opening hours
Cham Museum opens from 7:30 am to 5 pm, with a lunch break from 11 am to 1 pm.
- Morning: From 7:30 am to 11 am.
- Afternoon: From 1 pm to 5 pm.
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture ticket prices
From January 1, 2022, to the end of December 31, 2022, the Museum of Cham Sculpture will be free to visit for all domestic and foreign visitors.
You can use the audio guide to understand more about the Cham culture.
- Step 1: Log in to the museum’s wifi;
- Step 2: Open a web browser, and access the address: https://chamaudio.com;
- Step 3: Choose 1 of 3 languages: Vietnamese, English, and French, and choose the name of the object you want to hear information about.
- You can follow the guide in the app or scan the barcode in the object to hear the information faster.
You can also hire a tour guide for groups of 5 people or more in Vietnamese, English, and French. You’ll need to contact the museum three days in advance.
- Phone number: (84-236) 3572935
- Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture has more than 2,000 large and small artifacts. About 500 of them are on display, and the rest are stored in the warehouse.
They are arranged into galleries based on the geographical area where they were excavated, such as Tra Kieu, My Son, and Dong Duong.
By visiting the museum, you’ll see more than 500 artifacts and learn about Cham cultures and ruins.
These antiques are made of 3 materials: sandstone, terracotta, and bronze.
They are from the 7th to the 15th centuries and reflect the spiritual, cultural, and religious life of the Champa people.
Most of the works depict the Hindu gods such as Shiva, the Naga snake god, and Laksmi.