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Museum of Vietnamese History

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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This collection of historical treasures and artifacts is one of the few Vietnamese museums with helpful English explanations.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 8 829 8146
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history is diverse but with a strong Chinese influence. The historical perspective is laid out logically with relics from all eras gone by. You could easily spend 2 hours here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank William M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a couple days to kill in Saigon and this was within walking distance. Like so many things in Vietnam it assumes you know what the provinces are when talking about the later developments, But some of the displays and histories are worth a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank northengineer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it is quite big museum with a lot of information But for natural speak english . it is quite hardly to full understand what the image said . they need must more decription details in the bottom of each pictures

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank deury306
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are 54 ethnic groups belonging to 5 ethnolinguistic families which make up approximately 86% of the population of Vietnam. This museum presents excellent exhibits of the craft, dress, arts and spiritual practices, as well as some habitats of the general population.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travelbug291
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is in 2 buildings so make sure you go to both. One is very interesting and big, while the other is pretty average. Allow about 2 hours for both. Not a good place to go with for little kids but we managed to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HPScottie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visted the museum at noon , and was sent out in 30 mins, as they have lunch hour and it reopens at 2 pm only , plan your visit either in morning or at noon, they close the museum at noon and send out...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ashwathram r
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average museum. Lots of maintenance going on. Not a lot of exhibits on display. Some interesting artefacts. Almost more souvenir shops inside than exhibits. No soap in the bathroom. If on a tight budget or schedule I would skip this and go to the war...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JustinGoodFun
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My first disappointing experience whilst travelling that I felt like I needed to share with other travellers. I arrive at the museum just shy of 10am so I can go see the Water Puppet Show, I confirm at the ticket office that it is going...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mxqqy
Reviewed December 13, 2018

The museum houses a very good and interesting collection of relics, statues, and other historical artifacts. Much of the information is on the cultural background and history of Vietnam, its people, its wars, and dynasties. The collections are well organized, with most of the signage/descriptions...More

Date of experience: November 2018
25  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Not too big yet still substantial and informative.. Really nice collection of Buddha statues from around Southeast Asia.. The building is a charming colonial right outside the botanical gardens and across from a temple built by the French to honor war dead..

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 15, 2018|
Response from kkkk512 | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge
Sara D
December 22, 2016|
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Response from Catkin31 | Reviewed this property |
The ticket was only 15,000 VND (about 50p), it cost more to take the camera in but that was only 40,000 (just over £1).
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Hot and humid there I thought, no air con.
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Seattle, Washington
seeing museums in Hanoi (13 Replies)
We will be in Hanoi for 3 nights and 2 days, which includes a Monday. because we want to see museums which close on Monday, we will need to see them on Sunday. We want to see: National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hoa Lo Prison, Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and house. Is this doable in a day? What kind of transportation should we use? ( We will be staying in the Old District) Thank you!
November 20, 2012|
Response frommaz1|
that's a lot of culture in one day......you'll have to take taxis I guess. how about Museum of Ethnology? that's really worthwhile although also closed on a Monday I think. you can spend many hours there alone though
Joan H
Ann Arbor
Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi (1 Replies)
This is not a question, but an endorsement. I went there today. and it was wonderful. Exhibits cover family life, women at work, women in the revolution and ethnic cllothing. All descriptions are in English and French in addition to Vietnamese. I enjoyed it much. more than the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
January 27, 2018|
Response fromcrellston|
I agree, it is excellent, one of our favourite museums in Hanoi. Also like the Military museum and the Police Museum across the road from Hóa Ló prison was also surprisingly interesting.
Melbourne, Australia
what your thoughts (13 Replies)
hi all i be going to Veitnam this year on a cruise and i am thinking a doing a onshore exurcison the palces i will be visit is National Museum of Vietnamese History Water puppet show China town Thien Hau Pagoda Lacquer factory with some shopping Reunification hall.
February 12, 2015|
Response from1-24-2013_kp|
Nothing wrong with that. If you only have one day, you will need to hurry to get through everything.