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“Good visit whether interested or not”

War Remnants Museum
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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.
Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Good visit whether interested or not”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Whether you are interested into Vietnamese culture or war history or just simply not, it's worth a visit and see all the demonstrated stories and photos from the war. Although it can be very emotional, I think it's important that these places provide the truth in history and that we see it. You can spend a good 30min if you're not that into these stuff, or a good 2 hour if you're really willing to make the most out of it.
If you 'really' think its not important about the history part, at least you have some war plane models exhibited in the out door area that can be entertaining in a way.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Do NOT catch the taxi outside of Museum!”
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Be very very careful catching the taxis here. This area is a known rip off spot. We loved the museum and it was a real eye opener however when we got a taxi outside of the museum everything went down hill. He confirmed that he was a meter taxi but the meter jumped unexpectedly while we were driving and our hotel was literally a 10 minute walk away. We had to pay almost 200,000 VND! And when we told him we saw the meter jump he yelled at us and got very aggressive. We have researched this and have found that any taxi other than Vinasun & Mailinh will do this through devices that alter the meter. So ONLY go with these taxi companies.

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Dunbarton, New Hampshire
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“Propagandist and unoriginal”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Full disclosure, I am an American and have a bias for a museum of this nature. However, I went into it with an open mind, hoping to see something new and decidedly Vietnamese. I was was very disappointed. I had hoped for some photographs and depictions from the Vietnamese side but the musuem seemed to strive to be a guilt-trip with Orwellian overtones.

To be sarcastic, this place should be renamed the American War Crimes Museum as it focuses heavily on three things, NVA/VC POWs, Agent Orange, and war crimes by the RVN and US.

The front yard contains many captured American vehicles and aircraft. Also outside is a POW display showing the conditions of prisoners, noting American support of or at least condoning of the Diem government's abuses. Missing, of course, is any mention of NVN's treatement of US POWs.

Inside are three levels of exhibits, mostly photographs, of themed rooms divided by glass. They are heavily one sided, sometimes just plain inaccurate, and sometimes downright offensively propagandistic.

While I expected propaganda, I also expected much more Vietnamese photos and artifacts from the American war. While there were a handful of photos and paintings from NVN and VC artists and journalists, the vast majority of photos were from Western journalists. 99% of the ones I saw were ones I had seen in the Time-Life Vietnam War series which came out in the 1980s. In fact, one of the photos seemed to be a cut, paste and blown up copy pulled off the website, as the English subtitle was heavily pixilated.

If you are looking for the 1960/1970 Vietnamese Communist Party propaganda view of the American war, by all means, go see this musuem. If you are looking for a unique, accurate Vietnamese perspective of the war, pass this up.

Visited December 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“An eye-opener”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

A must go place but prepare to be sickened by the stories. Entrance fee is very cheap.

Good mix of war relics, photos and depictions. The place closes 12 to 1:30 pm so do not get caught out. They really should keep the place open throughout lunch.

Visited December 2013
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

A somber memorial to the wars in Vietnam - and quite graphic.

Interesting thing for me, the amount that Americans have contributed to this memorial is astounding (e.g. The picture gallery). A tribute to democracy, where those who oppose the views of their government can openly, safely dissent - even in such a public manner as this. Unfortunately, during our tours of this country and of Cambodia, the corruption, lack of clean political process and true democracy makes it impossible for their citizens to enjoy the same freedoms of speech that - ironically - this museum celebrates.

And no, I am not from the US, I am Canadian.

Visited November 2013
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