Con Dao Musuem

Con Dao Musuem, Con Son

Con Dao Musuem
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,063 contributions
A Really Important First-Stop
Oct 2020
Not only do you have to go to the museum first in order to purchase tickets for all of the prisons (as a package), this is a good place to get some basic understanding of the context of the prisons. It should come as no surprise to anyone the history is written from the context of the current government (so the South Vietnamese are referred to as the American "puppets") but that doesn't detract at all from the message the museum seeks to communicate. I highly recommend spending a bit of time here first. The signage is in English and Vietnamese.
Written October 13, 2020
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dravinash23
Maldives14 contributions
A must see to learn about the history of Con Dao island and Vietnam.
Jan 2020
I would recommend to come here prior to visiting the prisons and other places.

You can learn about the history of the island and the prisons first, so that when you go visit the prisons, you would already know about the history regarding them and their significance.

Check the timings of opening and closing hours.
Written April 20, 2020
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kevspain
Sandbach, UK116 contributions
Interesting museum
Mar 2020 • Friends
The museum was interesting giving an overall view of the island as place where they kept political prisoners. It was worth the visit to get an overall flavour of the history of the island.
Written March 4, 2020
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Sam
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Interesting and informative
Nov 2019 • Couples
This museum was very interesting to read through, detailing the reality of the horrors that happened on this island and during the war. There are even gas masks and other pieces of clothing from the victims. 100% recommend a visit if you are on the island as it is an eye opener
Written November 21, 2019
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Thexder
Singapore, Singapore840 contributions
Come here first to learn the island's history
Aug 2019
I would recommend to come here first before visiting the prisons since you can learn about the history of the island and the prisons first. At least when you go visit the prisons, you would already know about the history regarding them and their significance. History is told from the viewpoint of the communists so it's probably cognitive dissonance for many people.
Written September 16, 2019
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IngridB_Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands88 contributions
Very impressive
Aug 2019 • Family
Very impressive museum, all about the history of the islands and prisons and labor camps. Sometimes a bit too much to take in, not suitable for young children. Good to first visit this museum and afterwards the prisons etc
Written August 13, 2019
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Claire
82 contributions
Loved the museum
Jul 2019 • Friends
We only had time for the museum and one of the prisons but it was really eye opening. It was less than £1 for us to each in each and we spent a few hours there, and it got us out of the awful rain! The museum shows the history of the island and how it was used for prisons, through its liberation and right up to the plans for its future. If history is of interest to you then this is a great place to visit.
We also visited one of the prisons straight afterwards (some of the photos included)
The only downside is the opening times
Written July 25, 2019
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peter w
Chicago, IL75 contributions
You need to visit
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visiting Con Dao, you really must visit the museum to understand the terrible history of the island so we can learn for future generations.

The history on display is obviously from a communist perspective so if you're american, it doesn't seem quite accurate. Not enough was said about the Vietnamese imprisoning their own and the reasons why.

Also the timeline was a little mixed up and you need to concentrate to fully understand.
Written March 31, 2019
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Hà N
9 contributions
If you love history...
Dec 2018 • Friends
You should to come here to know about history of my country. Con Dao Museum shows documents and photographs of the island's history form the French colonial era and the time of the prison period.
Written December 1, 2018
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea7,814 contributions
Shouldn't be forgotten
Aug 2017 • Solo
It's a humble museum preserving former prison operated by Frenches.
- Prison cells a.k.a. tiger cages are well-known. They still have torture scenes implemented by dummies.

- Very few visitors mostly.

- Descriptions aren't enough to learn what happened in detail.
Written July 28, 2018
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Con Dao Musuem is open:
  • Mon - Sat 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Mon - Sat 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM