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Museum of History (Bao Tang Lich Su)

Address: 1 Trang Tien St., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04/825-3518
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in this educational museum.
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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

To us here. This is a war memorial museum somewhat behind the Citadel a bit. There are American planes and tanks on display as well as a wonderful history museum of their struggle against "imperialism" stretching back further than an American involvement. This is a striking museum for it's rather one sided portrayals, but that is to be expected. Go.... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Vietnamses History Museum was established on Sept 3rd, 1958 on the basis of inheriting Lousis Finot Museum built by the French in 1926 and began operating in 1932. This is the Museum of the Far East museum school. At that time, this was the place to exhibit the artifacts collected from countries in Southeast Asia. In 1958, the French handed... More 

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The collection of images and artifacts from the 18th-20th century shed a useful perspective on the move away from colonialism. Surprisingly Ho Chi Minh wasn't mentioned for the first 2/3 of the 20th century, perhaps to give other voices a place to show? A marked contrast to the proud-but-world-friendly approach of the women's museum. We arrived very late and found... More 

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50 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The museum has an extensive collection of over 7,000 artifacts tracing Vietnam's history. Its exhibition system is arranged chronologically from primitive life in Vietnam to the August 1945 Revolution and the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Today, the museum is one of Vietnam's cultural and scientific centres that preserves the nation's valuable tangible cultural heritages. In addition, the... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This museum is spread over two buildings, the first covering the period in Vietnamese history from pre-history up until the mid-nineteenth century, the other covering the period to the present day. The first of these is the better presented, but both suffer from lack of context; if you don't know what the significance of a particular dynasty was, or who... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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373 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This review is quite late. We visited the Museum of History in Hanoi as part of our walking tour. The museum building is a splendid example of Indochina architectural style, a fusion of French colonial and Vietnamese traditional elements. The museum is a repository of artifacts from different periods of history, dating back to Nguyen Dynasty era, the Vietnam-American war,... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The museum is split into 2 buildings: one covering the 20th century, the other covering the old days. We actually enjoyed the latter better. Taking an audio-tour is recommended if you have time, otherwise too much pottery makes you start searching for a coffee pot

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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Not really a museum lover. It costs around 60,000 VND for an adult entrance ticket. the museum has two levels. gave a lower rating because there is not much explanation or description in english. unable to fully understand the history by looking at the items or the limited description. but generally gives a brief overview of the very old history... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Museum is conveniently located in the Old Quarter, near the historic Opera House. Its collection is rather expansive, spread out over at least a couple of decent-sized buildings. I may have been somewhat swayed by the fact that it was sweltering outside (July) while relatively comfortable inside. That said, it had a broad scope of Vietnamese history. Keeping that... More 

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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

An older museum, a lot of the writing is in vietnamese with very simple english explanations. You're better going to the Museum of Ethnology. Cheap entry fee of about $2-3 USD per adult.

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