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“Contrast between historic citadel tower and war relics”

Vietnam Military History Museum
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Dien Bien Phu Past and Present: 2-Night Trip from Hanoi by Air
Ranked #32 of 289 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This repository of Vietnam's military history includes rooms full of war propganda, photographs and documents from wars against China, France, and the United States. The grounds feature several captured aircraft as well as a central structure build from the wreckage of French and American planes. Visitors may climb the flag tower, with great views from the top.
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Situated in the heart of Hanoi in the grounds of the historic Hanoi Citadel Tower, this museum traces the long struggle of the Vietnamese people for independence and freedom. From the ancient battles to the more recent and better known American / Vietnam War, there is a vast assortment of weapons, tanks, aircraft and bombs. It demonstrates just how resilient and resourceful the Vietnamese people were and still are. I notice that a lot of reviewers are critical of the fact that there are few English translations and that few staff speak English. In my opinion these tourists are missing the point. Don't forget that this country was almost bombed out of existence by the USA B52's and then the Americans imposed heavy sanctions for decades after losing the war, killing many more people by starvation. It is only in recent years that Vietnam has started to recover. English tuition is not readily available and the Tourist Industry is still learning. Everything is in Vietnamese ! - How odd - This is Vietnam! Enjoy the experiences this beautiful country and these beautiful people have to offer.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

The displays of pre 20th century were interesting but few translations made it difficult to follow. The 20th century stuff was better labelled but got very repetitive. If you see this, probably don't need to see Hanoi Hilton as there is quite s bit of repetition.

Thank Dave S
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum was very much up there on my friends to do list. I'm really not into museums so my review may seem negative.
The museum seemed dated and not well set out. The staff did not speak English so when we asked a question they just stared blankly at us?
The displays were nothing special...a tin mug with a description of "Tin mug used to drink water" please!
The entrance fee was minimal...paid,extra to take photos which seems to be the go in Vietnam.

It was raining on the day we were there but it did not dampen our spirit to browse around the aircrafts and tanks outside of the museum. I read a recent review on trip advisor that there was another area of display out the very rear of the museum which we were unaware of.
Got some good photos of the planes and chopper and tank though.
Would have been helpful if they would have handed out a brochure or map of the museum to assist us.
Vietnam has numerous museums....none of them impressed me but still glad I got to see them. The museum closes for a couple of hours around lunchtime so plan you visit carefully. Enquire about the hours or you may be like us and run out of time.

2  Thank suem56
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Outside exhibition - planes (Mig-21, Mig-17, Il-14 and others) helicopters (Iroquois, Chinook), tanks and other armored vehicles (T-34, T-54, M113, etc), AA guns, torpedo launchers claimed to be used during Gulf of Tonkin incident - is quite interesting, but the inside disappoints. It's not even that it's mostly blatant propaganda - which is a given and can be quite interesting from historical/political point of view - it just seems to be a disjointed collection of items ("rice tube" used by Mrs X to bring food to help heroic combatants, bowl used by Mr Y to refresh himself before battle by drinking his own urine) without broader context. It would be great to see - for example - a small description of tactic used when fighting with anti-tank Lunge Mines or laying spike traps or short story of fascinating Dien Bien Phu battle or... you get the idea. A lot of opportunities missed.

Tickets were 40K VND.

Thank beers-and-chillies
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Sadly the inside is poorly maintained, but outside they have a great display of Vietnam war tanks and aircraft. A Big tip (only found out this trip and not my first to Hanoi) is walk around the the very back of the main building and there are about 10 old tanks and 6 old aircraft and a Chinook Helicopter. These are different from the ones at the front. No one knows about the back as there are no visible signs and when we were there only two other people came around the back.

Thank thespgtraveler
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