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“What they didn't tell you in school....”

War Remnants Museum
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Private Half-Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City
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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.
Mountainview, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“What they didn't tell you in school....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

If you get queasy looking at horrific photos, then this place is not for you. Otherwise, this is an excellent collection of photos which focus on the US massacre of the Vietnamese people during the war. It's definitely "one-sided" in that they never do mention that the women and children which were killed sometimes had bombs strapped to them, a knife behind their back or a gun under their clothing. Anyway...I don't blame the Vietnamese government for putting this exhibition together. It's definitely needed....and is a definite visit while in HCMC. Virtually all pictures and exhibits are in English and the cost for admission is less than a dollar (15000VND).

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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“Tells what americans really did!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2009

I'm an american and visited the war remnants museum and was moved by what i saw, all the sick things they did these poor people and the americans had no buisness being there. Anyway right when you walk in there is so much to see but probably my favorite was the kids drawings about peace, love and no war. The muesum also has tiger cages which they just threw the VC in. The exbits are suprisingly well done but i will agree that it shows a very North Vietnamese view but it was great to see the other side being an american.

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“Museum tells only part of the story”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2009

This museum has a sampling of military equipment outside in the way of tanks, artillery pieces. and both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Off to the side is a model of the infamous tiger cages of Con Son Island in which prisoners of the South Vietnamese government were housed and tortured. Inside are a lot of graphic photos of injustices committed by American and South Vietnamese troops during the Vietnam War. Included are photos of Korean soldiers setting fire to villege homes. There is also military memorabilia such as artillery shells, claymore mines, grenades, shotguns, and automatic weapons to name a few. What the government doesn't show in any of the museums, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, are the injustices and crimes it committed against its own people during the war. For example, huge mass graves containing thousands of teachers and other government intellectuals were uncovered in Hue. These deaths, as well as countless others, were inflicted by the North Vietnamese.on it's own people during the war. However, since the victor generally writes the history, perhaps none of this will ever be noted, at least not in the present Vietnam.

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“Shocking Truth in War Remnants Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2009

Either you like or not the north vietnamese because they were communists, the display on this museum shows that they were not so barbarians when compared to the american troops.

The museum has images (real ones) that would make a rock cry as you are shown the horrible images of destruction of a country and attacks on civilians that still carry the consequences with many crippled and handicapped.

It's incredible to see how much was invested in this war compared to others, the number of bombs dropped, troops deployed and years of war. The numbers are overwhelming!! And the war was lost against a resilient and brave people, forgetting ideology. The Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot in Cambodia were worse with thousands killed without reason and no one did anything... except the vietnamese that finally decided to stop it in 1979 after being attacked!

Also highlight on the display of weaponry and the tiger cages reminding us of the way people act even in recent wars, merciless and with torture methods that don't honour the Geneva convention...

Fortunately there are some vietnameses children drawings showing PEACE is among everything! So may it be.

A very enlighting visit and a must do that deserves 1st place!

5 Thank Martinitraveller
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“Arrive early to avoid the crowds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2009

We got there at 7:20am (official opening time is 7:30) after an overnight train ride. Too early to check into hotel so decided to do a museum instead.

The advantage of arriving early is that you miss all the crowds - we had the place to ourselves for an hour. I think that is quite important, because what you are seeing leaves you with a lot to think about.

I think this is one of the must dos in Saigon.

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