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Vietnam Military History Museum
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Reviewed today

A lot of past history, during the Vietnamese war, surrounded by huge war tanks. Ideal for photos and memory of the war.

Thank Naina-Damani
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed visiting the Vietnam Military Museum to learn more about the horrific war and to see some of the wreckage which was dragged out of the sea. A little slanted review at times as some of the numbers did not stack up. Well worth seeing.

Thank Lesley C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been raised and brainwashed, it is great to buy a unique viewpoint. It might appear the propaganda has been laid on a little heavy but this's most likely a more relevant representation of what happened to an entire public in the own land of theirs, than the anguished Vets material we have been given from Hollywood. Anyway - an area to contemplate numerous of recent history.

Thank Jasmine K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On the day we went, it was 50% off; normally the admission price is 40,000 VND but because many of the interior exhibits were closed, we got a 50% discount / refund. This was unexpected but go with it.

We ended up roaming around the exterior exhibits. There were a handful of Soviet bloc fighters and tanks, but for the most part, they have more captured or abandoned American equipment. I saw a Huey helicopter, a M-48 tank, pits and pieces of a downed B-52 bomber, and a Skyraider.

There were older cannons from the 19th century on display.

If I do go back, I want to see the inside next time.

Thank J-Chizzle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit but a slightly slanted review on history....at times in same exhibits the numbers were totally different. Great way to see the VietNam war from their perspective. They are closed over the lunch hour but there is lots to see outside. Watch out for the taxi drivers outside.....some are not so reputable.

Thank Kathryn1956
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like all wars there s been loads of life and this show it right down the line, But like all wars there are two sides to every storey so like me I watch a Documentary on Net flex which tells a good storey and then go with that in the back of your mind and put it all together to make sense out of the whole lot.
Worth seeing need 2 hours to read and take in all what is on display ,

Thank alf w
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In Hanoi be for heading home. This museum was very interesting and very informative. It had a lot of good information. I would recommend it. It does need some updating but over all good.

Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I noticed that some of the previous reviews noted that they'd expected to see more about the American Vietnam War and were annoyed by the focus on the fight for independence from the French - or that the museum was too "one-sided." Although I agreed that it would have been helpful to have some additional signage so as to plan the visit in a more chronological manner, I was incredibly impressed with the fact that signage was available in both Vietnamese and English throughout the interior exhibits and in Vietnamese, English and French on the outdoor exhibits (the aircraft and vehicles). To my mind the fact that this museum focuses on the entirety of Vietnam's military history provides a fantastic bit of insight into what makes this country what it is today - and perhaps helps to explain why the Vietnamese seem far less focused on the American Vietnam War than the average American. Once you get a look at the turbulent history of Vietnam, it's easier to understand why the American Vietnam War was just another war in a long list of others. And yes, the terminology in a lot of the exhibits is certainly stilted - words like "puppet government" to refer to the South Vietnamese government or the characterization of the Americans as "imperialist aggressors" might bother some. But, that's to be expected.

Overall, this is a really interesting place to visit. The price is very low. The quality of the displays was surprisingly good. There are also gift shops and restaurants on site as well as the Hanoi Flag Tower which was built from 1805-1812 and from which the Vietnamese national flag has flown every day since independence from France in 1954.

Thank JSTrip_77
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being American I expected it to be heavy on the Vietnam war but it was focused on the war for independence from the French. The Vietnamese people freed themselves from the French in 1954 and they had many exhibits with photos and memorabilia from that time period. There were quite a few old airplanes and helicopters (some of which were American that were confiscated when Saigon fell in 1975) which were interesting.

Thank Margaret B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has some interesting tanks, artillery pieces and aircraft, although some are not labelled very well. The indoor exhibits were only average. It would be helpful if a map was provided at entry, as the layout is a bit haphazard. Buses being allowed into the grounds near the exhibits to drop off tour groups was also pretty annoying, particularly when you have young children in tow. Still our two boys aged 7 and 4 had a good time looking at the aircraft and tanks, so a reasonable family afternoon out when visiting Hanoi. Only about AUD 6.50 for our family of four to get in, so good value. The Russian Mig-21s and Mig 19 along with a selection of American and Russian tanks were the highlights.

Thank Justin B
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