Quang Ninh Museum

Quang Ninh Museum, Halong Bay: Hours, Address, Quang Ninh Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Quang Ninh Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Located by Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Museum is a majestic black pearl overlooking the world heritage. Expect to immerse yourself in the most impressive architecture in the locality showcasing millennia of our geology, biodiversity, history and culture. In addition to the exhibition area, the museum provides large and multifunctional spaces for meetings, adorned with professional facilities to promise successful events.
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1-2 hours
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AvgMom2Travel
Long Island, NY347 contributions
Dec 2019
This museum is a nice intro to the Vietnam culture, especially the history of Quang Ninh Province, home to Ha Long Bay. There are enough natural history and artifacts to keep you interested for about two hours. After that, you’ll get tired from all the walking. (The museum has three floors of exhibits – all have English translation.)

You need to get your ticket before walking up the stairs to the museum. The ticket kiosk is located at the street level and costs 40,000 VND ($1.75) pp to enter. They are closed on Mondays and holidays and also at lunchtime between 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. They open at 8:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. If you have the time, definitely stop here and immerse yourself to the place and the people of Northern Vietnam.
Written January 11, 2020
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Paul R
43 contributions
Jan 2020
Most international tourists do the bus from Hanoi to cruise and back to Hanoi. Which is a shame as Ha Long city itself is a nice town with several attractions in itself

One of which is the Bao Tang Quang Ninh (the Museum of Quang Ninh). While the focus is on the local area, many of the exhibits talk of Vietnam and the importance of Quang Ninh to VIetnam history and culture.

Some say all the exhibits are labelled in English but the expansive Geology, Zoology and Marine areas are not. Which is a shame as the geology, fauna and flora are definitely strong reasons why many visitors come here in the first place. I also found the marine and botanical sections a little dated with many of the exhibits faded to a ubiquitous white (or brown for the botanicals).

But they have really done a good job overall, with many different sections covering the history, archeology, musical, artistic, industrial and warfare contribution this extremely rich province has made to Vietnamese history.

The top floor is given over to the coal mining industry and initially this might seems strange. However, not far to the north of Ha Long is Bai Tu, the site of the largest coal seam in Vietnam. It is ironic that the same geology that produced the natural wonder of the Ha Long - Bai Tu coast line has also given us the huge mineral deposits that are now, due to illegal and disastrous mining practices pouring millions of liters of polluted water into that self same bay.

The museum is modern, airconditioned, wheel chair friendly. I did two visits - one at 8 am on a Thursday morning where I had the whole place to myself! Utterly fantastic. I visited again the following Sunday and while the hoards of vistors were a distraction, it was a tour guide who insisted on using an amplifier to pontificate to her small group of Vietnamese and whose voice could be heard clearly from all three floors. Hardly what you would expect in a museum where one is bent on studing and appreciating culture. The idiot guide made it seem more like a market

As others have mentioned, the nearby shoreline is also scenic, with several of the iconic karst pinnacles within meters of the wide, well paved walk way. Several hundred meters further on is the huge, mushroom like Expo center that looks like an alien spaceship. Free entry but it does not always open at the posted times

Well worth a visit!
Written January 12, 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Dec 2019
This cube looking museum was much better than I expected. The top floor is a simulated coal mine, along with many displays about coal mining. The next floor has several rooms, each with different topics. Not sure what the ground floor had as I ran out of time and the place was mobbed with school children.
Written January 7, 2020
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Denise L
Melbourne, Australia835 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
We were lucky to get here when it was open as it is closed for 2.5 hours a day for lunch!! Very interesting museum & well laid out. Ground level is natural history oriented, Second level has pots & artefacts dating back a very long time. There was a very, for me, disconcerting American wartime display including clothing of people who were killed on both sides of the conflict. My American friends were a bit surprised to read some of the commentary and see some of the display material. Top floor was interesting with a very good coal mining display plus displays of how families would have lived & this includes on the ground floor some of the boats that are similar to those lived on today.
This whole area is being developed with an enormous Sheraton going up close by & in the nearby town a very modern shopping centre next to a very old & rather pungent market!!
We walked along the boardwalk from one to the other. Very picturesque with the boats & the Karsts in the background.
Written May 4, 2016
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theproudmary
Moreton Bay Region, Australia74 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We attended the museum twice on the same day as we got there the first time at 11am & it closes from 11.30am-1.30pm every day. Adult ticket price 30,000 dong. Ground level is all about flora & fauna of the region with some impressive sized moths & butterflies! 2nd floor has some ancient artefacts dating back 2000BC. Also impressive display of US wartime military artefacts & photos. 3rd floor is predominantly about the coal industry in this region & its history (very detailed displays of coal minors & historical artefacts used for digging etc). Also has a dedicated area to Ho Chi Minh himself which was very well presented. We thoroughly enjoyed both visits & would recommend to anyone.
Written April 16, 2016
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Navine C
Cape Town, South Africa37 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
A modern, well-resourced, brilliantly-planned, interesting and large installation on Halong bay. This multi-level architectural monolith houses several different themes and demonstrates Vietnamese origin specific to the region, by displaying archaeological, biological, geological and cultural artefacts. The building is surrounding by thought-provoking sculptures and war artefacts. There is something of interest for everyone, including children, who playfully enjoy larger exhibits of coal-mining, musical instruments and animals ; scores of lively 7-year-olds lit up my second visit to the museum. For the more serious observer, stone and bronze-age, as well as ceramic artefacts depict the history of the area. Television screens and viewing rooms are available in some spaces, providing a much-needed break from being on your feet. The museum is next to the convention centre and with a short walk in the other direction, one gets to a public park and the city centre. The fresh market, also along the bay, provides some interesting (if unknown) foods, which are always worth trying - the "calamari cakes" fried in front of you, are well worth it ... I do not know the Vietnamese name. A modern shopping mall is right next to the market, if that environment is more suitable. This is a useful way to spend the lunch break because the museum closes from 11:30 to 2pm. The museum will appeal to those who are academically inclined, is a good way to spend a few hours to get a feel of the place and can keep children busy for an hour or so. The location is convenient and one could spend half-a-day there and in the surrrounding area. Enjoy it.
Written August 10, 2017
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PTP111
Prague, Czech Republic31 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This museum focuses on the Halong bay area. There are numerous exhibits displaying the indigenous tribes of the area and some of the more modern aspects of the town. I had not realized coal mining was, and remains, such a huge part of life in Halong Bay.
Written April 29, 2017
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Nathan S
7 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Only 20 minutes from the Halong city, this is such a cool one for me. I was shock of huge coal right in front of museum which is around 2 tons in weight. The sea life and marine fauna display is great as well. Coming here you know more about Halong history.
Written December 26, 2016
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citruscyanide
Blenheim, New Zealand29 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
This museum is formidable on the outside, and has some really good displays, but the information is often lacking. The translations to English all seem to have been run through Google Translate from French - there are often occasional French words in the text. The information is also in large part audiovisual, with subtitles in English also similarly hard to follow. The big display signs are better overall, but even they start to make less sense on the third floor. By all means, come and have a look at the artifacts, but be prepared to be very persistent and patient if you actually want to learn anything useful.

I am a museum bunny, and managed to spend 3.5 hours here despite the quality of presentation of the available information, but I suspect most people would be through here in an hour tops. OK for the price, but the museums in Hanoi were far better for the same.

What this museum adds: information regarding the geology of the region, the local coal mining industry, and the way of life of the people in Ha Long Bay, particularly regarding fishing. Also some concerning the Vietnam War, and the local flora and fauna.

Note also that the museum closes over lunchtime, and is closed on Mondays.
Written March 17, 2016
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Mortred N
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
The museum was not very big so it could not show you the most descriptive details in the history of Quang Ninh, but the place was organized with disciplines so it was easy for us to understand the timelines of the area's history. There were also English explanations so international tourists might not need a guide here. The ticket price was very cheap (40,000 VND / adult) compared to what inside the museum so the visit was worth it for us. The scenery outside of the museum was also a nice photography spot.
Written July 12, 2019
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