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Review of Worldwide Arms Museum - OPEN - CLOSED

Worldwide Arms Museum - OPEN
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Had it been only the last room with 20th's century original arms, that you can grab, weight and explore, it would have been enough to give 5 stars. But there was more- another loads of guns, tens of manequins representing warriors of significant armies of different eras and monkeys rescued from trafficers in the very end of the exposition. Read below how to get to the museum. Vung Tau's highlight with no doubt.

3  Thank Martin P
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Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

My partner is a fan of arms and war history so we headed to Vung Tau specifically to visit this museum based on a Lonely Planet recommendation (and to - successfully - attempt to catch a ferry to Con Dao). Arms do nothing to me but still the museum is an interesting sight - full of complete warrior/soldier costumes and arms. The owner of all this must be quite a character and it was fun just walking through the collection and imagining what kind of a person must stand behind all this. I'm guessing a Michael Jackson type of a forever child but maybe I got it all wrong.
Behind the museum there are spacious enclosures with monkeys - gibbons, macaques and maybe some other kinds (please excuse my ignorance on the topic). The monkeys seem very well kept. Considering they were rescued (so I have read) from traffickers, I'd say they're in pretty good hands now.
As for the appointment, getting it was easy enough. We went to one of the sport's bars on the Ha Long strip (Lucy's to be specific) and asked one of the better English speaking staff if she knew how to get an appointment at the museum. She directed us to a man (a westerner) who made a phone call and that was it. At 1 pm we got an appointment for 2 pm and when we arrived at the museum we were clearly expected. If this strategy doesn't work at the first westerner-serving bar you enter, just try another one. The entrance fee was 100,000 dong per person.

1  Thank Leinka
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Ok, so getting into this stunning museum is difficult, but more than worth it. A tip for getting through, go to Dundees Bar on Ha Long street and ask Joe, the owner. He will be able to point you in the right direction. Otherwise, go to Maccas Place, mini hotel in Back Beach area (check review of Maccas Place on TA for location), and ask for Bruce, who can also arrange entry.

Sounds complicated, but it is more than worth the hassle! The Worldwide Arms Museum is simply the most stunning collection of military history ever assembled. It has taken years to build and is worth millions. The museum building itself is beautifully located high above Vung Tau and is a lavish and unique building. On site is a gibbon rescue centre as well. The 100,000 VND (approx $6AUD) admission fee goes to the care of the primates.

The owner is working on getting this place reopened, but it is worth trying to get an appointment to view anyway!

2  Thank Gypsynine
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

It took owner, Robert Taylor 7 years to earn the necessary licensing to import ancient weapons for this stunning museum standing just below the lighthouse. The 3-story 1500 square meter museum houses over 2500 guns, swords and authentic military apparel dating back to the 1400s. Adress of this Worldwide Arm Museum is: 14 Dai Dong St near the lighthouse.

2  Thank hang bich l
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is an exquisite collection of arms and uniforms from around the world, especially but by no means exclusively Europe. It reportedly took the owner 17 years to bring it all into the country - imagine the paperwork he must have been required to complete! Unfortunately he seems to have encountered some financial and/or licensing problems and the gates are closed. But we hear on the grapevine that you can still gain entry by appointment!

3  Thank linhmar
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