“A little different. Well worth a visit.”
Another place in Saigon where you can spend a pleasant, interesting and worthwhile hour or two and learn about some of the more ancient history of Vietnam. Tag it on to a visit to the adjacent zoo and you can have a fine afternoon out.
The museum is a little different from most others that I have visited in Vietnam dealing with history in that there is no mention of the American (Vietnam) War although they can't but help themselves lapse into fervent revolutionary language when describing past battles with assorted aggressors be they Chinese, Mongols, Thai or French.
In the main, exhibits have reasonable Vietnamese, English and French descriptions and are laid out in chronological order through history. Some displays look a little tired and it would be useful if they could update some of the fading photographs with better quality reproductions.
What I found most interesting and quite unique were the displays of relics and artefacts from Cham and Oc Eo cultures which included statues of Hindu gods as well as the more usual Buddha ones.
All in all well worth a visit.
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