Fito Museum is the first museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine (FITO).
Nearly 3,000 items are relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age.
Implements used to prepare traditional medicine: knives, grinders, mortars and pestles, pots and jars.
Objects found in a traditional pharmacy such as scale, cabinet, advertising board, printing mold, spirit gourd, teapot, bowl, lime pot, and other ceramic articles. And some books, documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.
Books for traditional Vietnamese medicine.
There is a total of 18 rooms in this museum, each room with different content :
Room 1: The Historical Chronology of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Room 2: The Altar of Medicine: This room dedicated to 2 greatest physicians in Vietnam: Tue Tinh (14th century) and Le Huu Trac (18th century).
Room 3: A Prehistoric Traditional Instruments. This room displays some items from the Stone and Bronze Age that were used in traditional medicine.
Room 4: A Vietnamese Physicians
Room 5: The Cham Tower
The architecture of the museum shows a unique traditional architecture of Vietnamese regions. There is house in the style of North, of Red River valley (a portal of the temple), the Hue style (a balcony) and some styles of Cham people. The other side of the Cham tower looks like the gate of Thang Long which was built in Ha Noi in 1780. Its top has 2 stone-carved words “Medical Temple”.
Room 6: The Oriental Traditional Medicine
In this room, we’ll introduce an oriental medicine along with a history of Chinese medicine, a history of Vietnamese traditional medicine and medicine in Korea.
Room 7: The Tree of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Room 8: The Collection of Medical Ingredients
This room displays a medical tree, animals, minerals that were used in traditional medicine. There also displays a collection of paintings “Vietnam Ban Thao” - it includes 20 pages (1,2 meters high) and images of nearly 300 medicine herbs.
Room 9: The Oriental Apothecary Instruments: knives, boat mortars
This is a collection of tools for preparing traditional medicine such as knives and apothecary’s mortars. An apothecary’s mortar is a tool to grind dried herbs into powder. Every visitor can try to wear doctor's traditional clothes and take photographs here.
Room 10: The Pharmacy House Model of XIX Century
In the corner of this room is situated the full-size model of oriental pharmacy.
Room 11: The Collection of Wine Jars
This room shows some jars to keep medicine wine. Almost in all the houses in the countryside was made wine in the past. A herbal wine was one of the main methods of medicine preparing.
Room 12: The Collection of Ceramic Teapots
This room is called “Tang Kham Khai”. Some pictures are describing traditional medicine operations such as picking, preparing medicines, feeling the pulse and writing a prescription. An exposition of this room shows items such as bowls and teapots.
Room 13: The Collection of Scales and Mortars
This room shows items from drug stores or usual life of Vietnamese people such as mortars and pestles, scales and set of weights of the 19th century.
Room 14: The Collection of Metal Teapots
This room shows some pots collecting from the whole of Vietnam (from Ha Dong, Lai Thieu, Hoi An &, etc.).
Room 15: The Collection of Tincture Jugs
This room displays some items in the collection of our museum such as small bottles of wine, wine jars, wine pots. Their styles and materials are much diversified with different dates from Han Viet pottery (1st-3rd century) to modern pottery (20th century).
Room 16: The Royal Medicinal Academy
Architecture Fito Museum
Model of a 19th-century Chinese pharmacy
Nacre-encrusted painting "Traditional Medicine in the life of Vietnamese communities"
Bat Trang ceramic jars used to steep medicine in spirits
Baked clay pot used to cook medicine
Snake wine medicine
Herbal Foot Bath area
Two greatest physicians in Vietnam: Tue Tinh (14th century) and Le Huu Trac (18th century).
The Pharmacy and Souvenir Shop
Visitors could try and buy tea, wine and other medicine made from plants.
Fito Museum is very rewarding and I think it is necessary for those who study medicine and for those who want to learn about traditional medicine. Many images provide useful knowledge to serve our lives. I think you should try to visit and discover more and more...
Add: 41 Hoang Du Khuong Street, Ward 12, Dist 10, HCMC, Viet Nam
Opening hours: 08:30-17:00 daily
Ticket : Adult (120.000 VND) & Child shorter than 1.2m (60.000 VND)