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“It gave me a better understanding of the Vietnamese people”

War Remnants Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: War Remnants Museum is a unit under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the museum system of Vietnam, the museum for world peace and a member of the World Council of Museums (ICOM), the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of thematic research, collection , storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam.Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibition frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Museum consists of pictures after pictures mounted on every wall of the four-storey building, showing horrific scenes from the Vietnam War.

As you move from one wall of pictures to the next, going from one room to another and from one floor to the next floor, you're confronted by pictures of dead bodies, of tortures, of massacres, of utter desperation and fear as people flee for their lives, of total desolation and destructions, of deformed bodies and faces and missing limbs caused by Agent Orange, of bleeding babies and children, of charred remains, and on and on.

The horrors of the war in the pictures were just too much to stomach yet at the same time too terrible to ignore.

Even though I grew up during the Vietnam War and read about it in the press, I walked away from the visit with a much better feeling for how much the Vietnamese people had suffered and endured. The scars can still be seen in some of the people who are living with their deformities today.

After the visit, I wondered if I had gone through such a horrific past, would I be able to become the nice, gentle and welcoming person that tourists tend to expect from the locals in the place they visit.

Thank georgewong
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The museum is well organised with war history, information and pictures from the side of Vietnam. I think the previous reviewers are right, we need to be careful of the propaganda side of it.
Anyway, I feel very discomfort of the photographs and atmosphere in the museum. Please be aware that it may be too heavy for some people, like me.

Thank Jen_H0ngK0ng
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a must visit museum along with the CuChi tunnel an hour ride away from HCMC. I would recommend going for the Cuchi tunnel half day tour first before visiting this museum. The tour bus to CuChi will drop you off here as a ending point, where you can carry on understanding more on the Vietnam/American war.

With regard to content, I have to agree with the other comments that the story told through the museum is definitely portrayed in a one-sided manner. But perhaps its because of this way that the story is shown, it is definitely thought provoking and proves that the Victorious always gets to write the history books.

After checking out the museum, which has 4 levels worth of exhibition, there is also a make shift torture chamber at the area perimeter that has some interesting exhibits and torture equipment. Do check it out. I found it pretty interesting.

Thank Malcolm_See
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited during our stay. Found this very interesting and also very sad. Would recommend a visit here before visiting Cu Chi Tunnels.

Thank Middy_13
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This museum must be visited by everyone visiting Vietnam. Within under two hours one gets a good idea of the history of Vietnam and what its people have been through. We came out feeling a slightly better understanding of and great respect for the Vietnamese people. Some of the exhibits moved one to tears.

We visited with our three young children who also found the museum interesting and, because of some of the weapons on display (jets, helicopters, tanks and bombs), fun. Some of the exhibits (especially around the results of Agent Orange) is not suitable for children but the overall lesson was that war has serious consequences and is in reality far different to the computer games children so glibly play.

Thank Imraan H
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