Hoi An Museum
Hoi An Museum
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The Quan Yin pagoda houses this history museum that contains artifacts covering two thousand years of Hoi An culture.
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Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,034 contributions
Oct 2019
visited this musuem last year when travelled to hoi an in september,time passed so quick,already one year.this museum is the last sightseeing place i visited in Hoi An.after breakfast at my hotel,i walked to here.it is a big building.it features history and culture of Hoi An.you can see old photos, maps,revolution history, antiques, all about the town. from champa period to modern period. though not great if compared to other musuem, still have something to learn. there is a room exhibit some painting. the view on the higher level is great.if have time,can come here and have a look.
Written September 1, 2020
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,342 contributions
Dec 2022
We walked by this building several times as it was near our guest house but it was not until our last day in Hoi An that we decided to take a look at it. Unfortunately there did not appear to be a visible sign outside. The museum has 2 floors and several rooms displaying artifacts from the wars as well as exhibits from the early settlers. Yes, try and visit the museum as you will not be disappointed.
Written December 31, 2022
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,609 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
There is a signboard outside the museum that stipulated the opening hours of the museum are from 7.30 am to 11.30 am and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. If not for this signboard, I would not have know that there is a museum inside the building.

There is no admission counter that direct us to buy entrance ticket so we just walked in and climbed up the stairs of the building. None of the staff approached us to ask for any admission ticket. At each level there are exhibition halls and many artifacts on display. We were there at about 4 pm quite near to the closing time and other than me and my friend, there were no other visitor.

The exhibition panels told of the history of Hoi An since the prehistoric and early years of the Cham kingdom. There were sculptures of Hindu deities on display showing the deep influence of Hinduism when the religion spread to Central Vietnam of which Hoi An was part of the Cham Empire.

There were also display of bronze bells engraved with dragons, a typical royal symbol of the Nguyen Dynasty.

I like a photograph of Hoi An taken at a time when trade was flourishing between Japan, China and the Muslim traders from the Far West. Her rise to prominence as an maritime trading port has a lot to do with the decline of maritime exploration during the Ming China.

From the old photographs on display, one could find the local female attired in traditional ao dai dresses with the conical Vietnamese hats. Also from the photograph, one could observe that the architectural designs of the many halls and dwellings and the geographical layout of the streets remained well-preserved till these days just like what I saw in Hoi An on the day of my visit. Historians have also identified some of the tombstones of Japanese traders who died in Hoi An and buried there during those trading years. Despite much catastrophic damage during the Vietnam War, Hoi An Ancient Town remains one of the world most well preserved cultural heritage cities..

One part of the exhibitions showcased the support of the people of Hoi An in their revolutionary cause against French colonialism and US Imperialism and the implementation of agricultural reforms after liberation by the Vietnam Communist Party.

I saw a large map of China on display in the museum. I was puzzled why was the map of China displayed here in a museum in Hoi An and there was no explanation or illustration as to the reason for displaying this map.

When I was at Danang Airport on the day of my departure, few days after my visit to Hoi An. I saw a similar map of China at the departure lounge and it stated that this was the official map of China endorsed by the Ching Dynasty and the map shows that Hainan was the southern most territory of China with no indication on the map that qualified Paracel Island as territory belongs to China. It became apparent that the territorial dispute in the South China Sea has now spread from the sea to the land.

There was a bar at the upper floor. I ordered a cup of coffee and relaxed for a while with my friend sipping the nice flavored drink while admiring the panoramic scenery of Hoi An. It seem the building is one of the tallest buildings in Hoi An and you see the rows of old shop houses sprawled like tiny boxes separated by the alleys and streets of this quaint old town.
Written May 8, 2016
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Chris G
Manchester, UK85 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
I didn't known whether to give this 1 or 5 stars. The museum is frankly sole destroyingly bad, but i feel really sorry for them because they have tried so hard. honestly its worth going for the translations alone, my particular favourite exhibit was an a picture of a field in which an important metinge happened, as there was no photo of the actual meeting they just put a recent photo of the field in, i particularly also liked the diorama of the "secret under ground bunker" due presumably to it being secret they had just done shown what the ground above it was like so it was really a diorama of a field.

Like i stay its hot stuffy and dire but that's what makes it awesome, if you want a historical museum master piece i would give it a miss but if you want to see propaganda in action go
Written June 25, 2019
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S H LIM
15 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
A small museum showing the early history of Vietnam until the civil War. I did not want the audio guide but later the museum staff insist to give me and my wife FOC as he wants people to know more about Vietnam. Truly enjoyed the audio guide and early history part. I skip the war part and in the end I decided to pay for the audio guides to support the museum. Would have been a 3 star for me but the staff's passion moved me to 5 stars.
Written December 4, 2018
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Tony K
Adelaide, Australia41 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Or to give it its full title "Hoi An Centre for Cultural Heritage, Management and Preservation", nothing like an old fashioned Communist country to come up with a proper title. The collection is divided into three sections: "The exhibition of history and culture", "The exhibition of revolutionary history" and "The exhibition of Hoi An's ascent from hardship" and I guess it comes as no surprise that I was most interested in the ".... revolutionary history", given I was one of those who was eligible for conscription.
The museum and the collection are not in great shape, but the view is extraordinarily local and resonant. And it makes a very fine point about the greatest military power of its time, America, being undone by fierce and determined amateurs, after seeing off the French. I thought the display quite poignant. And the view over Hoi An from the roof is not to be missed. Admission is by ticket only, you buy the tickets from one of the Tourist Information Centres, 5 tickets for 120,000VND, approximately $6AUS. Tickets are required for most of the historical sites listed on the Tourist Information Centre map. On the same day I used tickets to visit the "Museum of Trade Ceramics" and "The Museum of Folklore", the collection in either of which are going to win any awards. But the buildings that house the collections? That's another story: both are old , large domestic buildings which are truly beautiful and definitely worth a close look.
Written January 17, 2018
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Bob R
8 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
While visiting this little in Museum in April my husband unknowingly lost his wallet. After arriving back at our hotel we realised it was missing and backtracked our steps through the old city to the museum expecting it to be lost forever. Imagine our delight when the staff saw and recognised us from a photo in his wallet. Excitedly it was returned, all credit cards and money still intact. We cannot thank the staff enough for their professionalism, it certainly made our trip memorable with something different to talk about.
Written May 16, 2018
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FredYin
Hong Kong, China1,009 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Not much going on here. Not worth a detour, it’s not kept well and the artefacts are little more than pictures of pictures that you can find online. No AC either which made it that much worse. Also feels a bit over politicised to the point of propaganda for the section about the daily life of the Hoi An people.
Written May 26, 2019
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Rory
London, UK14 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Not the greatest museum ever but has some interesting artefacts dating from pre/proto-history of Hoi An up to the revolutionary war and beyond. The audio tour only costs 40.000 so would recommend as gives much more information than the exhibit posters alone.

The rooftop also had a great 360 degree view of the city which is well worth the visit. Overall not a bad way to use one of your old town tickets.
Written April 11, 2019
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Ditjie
Cape Town Central, South Africa159 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
We did not pay to enter the museum.

The American war relics are in English but all the other items are not. The museum is very basic and tired but interesting.

If you walk to the top floor you get a beautiful 360 degree view of Hoi An. Unfortunately the area is messy with furniture and rubbish lying around which is a pity as it could make a wonderful coffee shop
Written October 26, 2016
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