Top 7 History and War Museums in Vietnam

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If you want to learn about the history and the wars of Vietnam, then, you should not forget to pay a visit to the history and war museums. In this post, we will introduce you Top 7 History and War Museums in Vietnam.

1. Museum of Vietnamese History (Ho Chi Minh City)

The Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City is the first and the largest museum of this city. This museum was founded in the early 20th century.

The Museum was designed by Auguste Delaval – a French architect and was built in two years, from 1926 to 1928.

From the early time, the museum just included 2 893 antiquities (mainly from the collection of Holbé. This collection was bought at the price of 45 000 VND later). While nowadays, the Museum of Vietnamese History possesses an extremely valuable collection, consisting of 32.000 artifacts of Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi MInh

The museum is divided into many different rooms. The topics covered by the exhibits include the Stone Age, the Ngo – Dinh – Tien Le – Ly dynasties, Tay Son dynasty, Vuong Hong Sen’s antiquities, costumes of king and queen in Nguyen dynasty, etc.

Besides, this museum also exhibits many topics, which is relevant to a lot of featured cultures of the southern region of Vietnam such as Oc Eo culture, ancient culture of Mekong Delta, culture and art of Champa, Ben Nghe Sai Gon and Vietnam’s ethnic groups.

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Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, except for Monday.

2. War Remnants Museum (Ho Chi Minh City)

The War Remnants Museum is one of the most favorite destinations in Ho Chi Minh City for both foreign and domestic tourists. On paying a visit to this museum, you will have the opportunity to learn about the wars of Vietnam in the most pathetic and harsh period. The appearance of the War remnants museum is such a strong evidence for the atrocities of the wars.

War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum

This museum includes three floors. The ground floor is used for ticket office, multifunctional room, collection of photos and posters showing the support of the world for stopping the war in Vietnam. And especially, the “tiger cage”, which is the most brutal imprisoned method of America to torture the prisoners at Con Dao prison in that period.

War Remnants Museum 1

The 1st and 2nd floor are devoted to the collections of guns, bombs, tanks, helicopters, artillery pieces and other photo collections of the pathetic and brutal Vietnam War. Besides, there are also spaces for collections of Cambodian – Vietnamese War in 1975 and Sino -Vietnamese War in 1979.

On the other hand, the War Remnants Museum also includes the souvenir shops, which sell the traditional products of Vietnam, so that you can buy them to present your relatives and friends.

Address: 28, Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM every day.

3. Con Dao Museum (Con Son)

Con Dao is a heroic land, which is a proof of the woeful and majestic sacrifice of many Vietnamese heroes and heroines as well as the brutality and atrocities of the invaders in Vietnam. As a consequence, the Con Dao Museum is the storage place of this powerful evidence.

Con Dao museum

This museum has welcomed its visitors from 6th September in 2013. It is located on Nguyen Hue Street, near the French tiger cage remnants. The total area of the museum is more than 2 hectares, and the area for exhibiting is about 1700 m2.

The Con Dao Museum includes exhibition room, storage of artifacts, restoring documents, halls, offices, and other ancillary works.
The indoor exhibition making up of 1700-meter squares consists of the welcoming space and a collection of 4 main topics: Con Dao – Nature and People; Con Dao – the Living Hell; Con Dao – the battle and the revolutionary school and Con Dao today.

Besides, the museum also has a separate area to exhibit documents, photos, and artifacts of Vo Thi Sau – a famous and brave heroine, who sacrificed her life during the war, for the sake of this country.

Almost of the artifacts here clearly demonstrate the brutality and atrocities of the invaders at that time. On the other hand, they also prove that Con Dao is not only a battlefield but also a revolutionary school of many patriots and Vietnamese communists during the harsh period of the country.

Con Dao Museum

Address: 10, Nguyen Hue Street, Con Dao District, Vung Tau.
Opening time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM daily.

4. Ho Chi Minh Museum (Ha Noi)

Ho Chi Minh Museum of Ha Noi is one of the biggest museums of Vietnam. The building is 20.5 meters in height with 4 floors. The total area of this museum is 10 000 m2. The museum is designed in the shape of a blossoming lotus, which represents for the exalted virtue of President Ho Chi Minh. There are many famous historic vestiges in this area such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, etc. This area has such a strong attraction to many foreign and domestic tourists.

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi

The Ho Chi Minh Museum mainly exhibits about the artifacts and documents about the life of Ho Chi Minh President. It also consists of the artifacts storage, library with documents about Ho Chi Minh and the 400-seat-hall for meetings and playing documentary films about President Ho Chi Minh.

The exhibition area of Ho Chi Minh Museum is nearly 4000 m2 with more than 100 000 antiquities and photos. Those are important photos, which directly link with important events of the history of Vietnam and the world from the late 19th century until today.

Address: 19, 158/193 Ngoc Ha, Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi.
Opening time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

5. Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum was officially inaugurated on 29th February in 1996. The museum is located in a 6000-meter-square area in the city center, on Le Duan Street, District 1. The appearance of this museum is a symbol for the win of Vietnam in the Vietnam War, especially for the success of Ho Chi Minh Campaign in 1975.

Ho Chi Minh campaign museum

Address: 2 Le Duan Street, District 1.
Opening time: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

6. Ho Chi Minh Museum – The Dragon Wharf

Nowadays, the Dragon Wharf is Ho Chi Minh Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. It is also a part of the Ho Chi Minh Museum system all over the country. During the period of 20 years, the museum has welcomed a great number of both foreign and domestic tourists, which is nearly twenty million. Especially, Ho Chi Minh Museum of Ho Chi Minh City also visited by the heads of state, who come here to search and learn about the life of President Ho Chi Minh, from both inside and outside the country.

Ho Chi Minh Museum – The Dragon Wharf

In 1980, the museum only included 400 documents and artifacts but now, there are more than 11 600 documents, artifacts and 3300 books about the life of Ho Chi Minh – a wondrous life that has inspired millions of people around the world.

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Address: 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4.
Opening time: from Tuesday to Sunday
  • Morning: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Afternoon: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM        

7. National Museum of Vietnamese History

This museum was the Louis Finot Museum, which was built by a French architect in 1926 and inaugurated in 1932.
With the total area of 4 000 m2 and more than 10 000 documents and artifacts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History will offer you a complete and detailed view of the historic periods of this country, from the Stone Age to the revolution and founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Museum of Vietnamese History

The most highlighted feature of this museum must be 7 Dong Son drums. They are placed around a big pillar, which is sculptured with the image of “Chim lac” (an ancient bird) and the ancient ancestor of the Vietnamese. The Dong Son Drum is a famous cultural symbol of Vietnam as well.

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is the place that store and exhibit a lot of valuable cultural heritages of the country. Paying a visit to this museum is also paying a visit to the root of the country. You will learn about the founding and collapse of many dynasties, the customs, and lifestyle of the ancestor as well as the bravery of many heroes, who sacrificed their life for the freedom of this country.

Address: 1, Trang Tien, 25 Tong Dan, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Opening time: opens daily, except for the first Monday of each month.
  • Morning: from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Afternoon: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
If you have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and you want to learn more about the history and war of this country, then, you should note these 7 History and War Museums in your list of destinations. We wish you a happy and memorable trip!
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