Another “must see” during our five day visit to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam was the History Museum. We stayed at the Sheraton and the door attendant clapped his hands and a comfortable taxi with an English speaking driver took us directly to the Museum in about 15 minutes. We were driven along busy wide streets with a mixture of well restored colonial and modern buildings…..
The museum entrance fee was the equivalent of a dollar fifty and we were told not to take photos inside the museum. A free brochure came with the ticket and the two of us walked a short distance to the Museum entrance. Outside pictures were permitted so I had my photo taken in front of the Museum’s decorative pond. The building itself is a piece of the former Saigon’s colonial history. A large well ventilated Vietnamese styled structure. No air-conditioning inside but the exhibits took our minds off the sweltering heat outside.
We did manage a few photos inside the building using a handphone, but this is not to be advised as there are uniformed guards everywhere.
Lots to see and you’ll need several hours just to look over the contents of the museum. Vietnam has been involved in conflicts over hundreds of years including a long war with Siam (now Thailand)…weapons used back then seemed primitive and there were massive canon, swords, and battle models.
I spotted some Roman Gold coins in one exhibit, not sure why these are there……maybe they found their way into the country centuries ago via the Silk Road?
Some artifacts go back several thousand years.
All in all it was a grand experience looking through this museum. Right next door is the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo, which we visited the next day.
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