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Museum of History (Bao Tang Lich Su)

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Address: 1 Trang Tien St., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04/825-3518
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History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in this...

History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in this educational museum.

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Old style museum

This museum is housed in a gorgeous old building, the origins of which aren't described to visitors. The collection covers the various dynasties & ethnic groups that comprise... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is housed in a gorgeous old building, the origins of which aren't described to visitors. The collection covers the various dynasties & ethnic groups that comprise modern Vietnam, but does NOT include the Vietnam war. There are some fascinating pieces displayed, though many are not captioned in English. The museum can be easily covered in 60-90 minutes. If... More 

Thank ssyja
Hong Kong, China
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501 reviews
317 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was extremely disappointed with the displays - second floor were all Hindu status displays, part of the first floor displays were dated in the Pre-historical and the other half in the different Nguyen, Tay son dynasty... If you're looking for the modern history go to the revolution museum just across the street, you won't be able to find any here.... More 

Thank Man_U_canuck
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the first of three museums we went to today. The layout of this museum made it hard to follow its models and content. I would say information overload. Defiantly not as engaging as the prison or women's museum.

Thank samhudson2015
Hong Kong, China
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very impressive 1930 building in a composite Oriental deco style. Things are more than a bit disappointing inside, with (to me) incoherent sequence of exhibition, very uneven quality and dated displays. The same ticket gives you access to the Museum of Vietnamese Revolution, across the street, which may appeal to professional historians and Party faithfuls looking back on their humble... More 

Thank RayAnh72
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of ancient artefacts and historical items to look at. Most of them are described in English also - but the writing was a bit small for those with poor eyesight. Very interesting to see Vietnamese history and the beautiful craftsmanship of the items.

Thank ian369
Virginia USA
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting exhibits provide an understanding of Vietnamese cultural development over the centuries. Worth a visit in order to gain a better understanding of Vietnam.

Thank BobVirginiaUSA
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was mildly interesting, but it's not a walk through time - rather it's several leaps. As you walk around you can learn about the occupation by China, then suddenly the French occupy Vietnam, then suddenly there's a war with the Americans and then communism. Each of these events has no information on the build up and causes to... More 

Thank MillionsKnives
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here to learn about the history of Vietnam, and while I gained some knowledge I went away still craving more, scouting bookshops till I finally landed a pirated copy of Stanley Karnow's war book, Vietnam: A History, which had some background on the early Vietnamese history. The museum had some interesting information though not necessarily excitingly presented, but... More 

Thank ChrisMaher
Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I was disappointed with this museum. The best part was the air-con which was freezing which was great in the heat! It is curated in a very old school way with lots of objects but little context or explanation. I'd suggest going to the War Remnants in Ho Chi Minh City instead.

Thank Josh G
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Yes, you will get some history, which can be read easily online. The only worthy thing is the Imperial from the Chinese Emporer...the real thing that was to be read by the Imperial Envoy . Tip - So don't miss that if you are going. And if you can understand Chinese characters. Check out my pictures. Please click."Helpful " if... More 

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