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“US tax payers dollars on display”

Vietnam Military History Museum
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$529.00*
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Dien Bien Phu Past and Present: 2-Night Trip from Hanoi by Air
Ranked #29 of 280 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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“US tax payers dollars on display”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

The collection of seized US military equipment underlines the futility of war and the horrendous money invested in killing machines. Although the museum exhibits both Vietnamese and US relics from the 'American' war (as it is known here) you can't help but think that this place is a sorry reminder of human failings.

Visited January 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing ”
Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

The outside area is probably more interesting than the inside. We loved the planes etc on the outside then when we ventured inside it was a real anticlimax. It could do with a bit more effort. I'd say it's worth a visit anyway.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

This has the potential to be a very good museum, since the collection is impressive. However, there are many descriptions of the individual objects without any context of the bigger picture of the various wars and their backgroun, causes and consequences. This has the potential to be a very good museum, since the collection is impressive. However, there are many descriptions of the individual objects without any context of the bigger picture of the various wars and their backgroun, causes and consequences. The distribution of exhibits over several buildings and several floors enhances the sense of chronological dislocation that the visitor quickly succumbs. The two diarama's are officially only switched on for a minimum of ten people. The intense efforts of the attendants to enhance their personal beauty and to remain submerged in their iPod games adds to the general aura of fatigue and disinterest. As historians, I had this museum visit as one of the highest priorities on my list for Hanoi, but, military hardware notwithstanding, I left extremely disappointed. In this age of ICT, fabulous ways of displaying history cheaply and effectively, this museum is in desperate need of a makeover by some young people with imagination, flair and commitment. distribution of exhibits over several buildings and several floors enhances the sense of chronological dislocation that the visitor quickly succumbs. The two diarama's are officially only switched on for a minimum of ten people. The intense efforts of the attendants to enhance their personal beauty and to remain submerged in their iPod games adds to the general aura of fatigue and disinterest. As historians, I had this museum visit as one of the highest priorities on my list for Hanoi, but, military hardware notwithstanding, I left extremely disappointed. In this age of ICT, fabulous ways of displaying history cheaply and effectively, this museum is in desperate need of a makeover by some young people with imagination, flair and commitment.

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Remembering how as a child in Europe we got peppered every night on TV with the US 'progress' in Vietnam, ultimately resulting in losing the war, it was very interesting to see the propaganda from the Vietnamese side. Very impressed with the detailed models of the advanced tunnel systems the Vietcong used and the horrible consequences of the aerial bombsrdments and destruction of little Vietnamese villages. One can not help but once more being confronted with the sadness of ear for all involved. The photo's, often graphic, were telling, and interesting were the crashed B-52, many types of helicopters and infantry.. My favourite was the complete MIG-21 parked there. There was even a little stairs yo climb up and have a look in the cockpit.
Well worth a visit ! Calculate 1 to 1.5 hours for this one.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Interesting to see the military items on display here and also interesting to see the information and propaganda on the wars from the perspective of the Vietnamese. Entry fee is next to nothing.

Visited July 2013
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