Da Nang - Cham Museum

The Museum’s first building was opened in 1919, but many Cham sculptures collected in Da Nang and elsewhere were brought to the site over the preceding 20 years.

The collection was begun by French archaeologists and experts from L’École Francaise d’Extrême Orient (EFEO). Some artifacts were sent to Paris and others to the Ha Noi and Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) museums, but many typical objects were left in Tourane (now Da Nang).

The establishment of a Cham sculpture museum in Da Nang was first proposed in 1902 by the Department of Archaeology of EFEO. Henri Parmentier, a prominent archaeologist of the department, made great contributions to the campaign for its construction. The first building was designed by two French architects. M. Deleval and M. Auclair. The Museum has been extended twice, but the character of the original architecture has been well preserved.

What to explore:

The sculptured artifacts in the collection of the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are mainly of sandstone and terra cotta with a few bronze pieces. There is also a collection of clothing, photographs, films and digital discs.

The sandstone sections are the most important and include pedestals, statues of gods, holy animals and symbols and architectural decorations from Cham temples and worship sites.


The gods are identified with reference to the Indian mythology based on the holy animal the god often rode or the objects carried.

The pieces are identified according to where they were found or excavated, or the form or function of the object, including the round, relief, pedestal, and architectural details.

Some researchers have used similarities, e.g. decorative design, the shape of hair curls, costumes, etc., to classify the Cham sculpture into several styles. Then, by referring to dates, which in some cases are clear enough, or to the styles in neighboring countries, they have decided on the evolution of the styles. Each is named for the locality where a typical object of the style was found.

For example, “the My Son E1 style” is applied to all objects bearing main features similar to those found in temple E1 at My Son in Quang Nam. The Dong Duong style refers to all objects similar to the sculptures from the Dong Duong relic in Quang Nam. The method of classification depends primarily on the conceptions and interpretation of different scholars.

How to get there:

From ADAMO Hotel (about 4 km to the museum)

From Da Nang airport (about 4 km to the museum)

From the Da Nang railway station (about 6 km to the museum)

From Hoi An (about 30 km to the museum)

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