The 6 best museums in Vietnam

Visiting a museum is one of the best ways to learn about a place or the people who inhabit that place. Vietnam is no exception. The country has such a rich and diverse history and culture that it is almost impossible to really understand it all without some aid. This aid comes in the form of the many museums located in the country. With that said, let’s take a look at the 6 best museums in Vietnam and see what they have to offer us.

The best museums in Vietnam

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular museums in Vietnam. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, the museum showcases war paraphernalia related to the Vietnam War, Indo-China conflict, as well as different wars that have affected the country. It is a mecca for people who love war-related stories and artifacts. There are a variety of items showcased including military tanks, helicopters, bombs, planes, posters, and photographs highlighting the wars. At the same time, the museum serves as a grim reminder that it is always the normal people, the civilians living their day-to-day life, who suffer the most during wars and not the people who started the war. 

 

Admission: 40,000 VND

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, Phuong 6, Quan 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam is a culturally diverse country. It is home to as many as 54 different ethnic tribes each with its own unique lifestyle and history. Having these many different tribes, their ideas and way of life must be preserved so that it does not disappear later. It is also important to promote the rich diversity of the country. This is why the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi was opened. The museum showcases the rich and diverse cultures of the various tribes. It is home to more than fifteen thousand pieces of clothes, jewelry, and various artifacts related to the tribes. Out of all the pieces showcased here, the most outstanding and impressive are the life-sized replicas of different tribal houses built with the same materials used by the tribes. This museum is the best place to learn more about what makes Vietnam such a culturally rich country.

 

Admission: 40,000 VND for adults, 14,000 VND for students

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi

Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Located in Hanoi, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum is unique. Opened in 1995 and run by the Union of Vietnamese Women, the museum’s main theme as its name suggests is about Vietnamese women and the role they have played in the country’s long history. Women have always played a major role in history and society but are usually sidelined. This museum was created to bring the spotlight on women and preserve their values and heritage. It houses over a thousand artifacts, photographs, clothes, and items related to the role of Vietnamese women from the past to the present. 

 

Admission: 30,000 VND

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Address: 36 P. Ly, Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum

Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi is one of the largest fine arts museums in the entire country. The museum’s current building was constructed during the French colonial period and was a boarding school for daughters of French officials. In 1962, the building was converted to a museum in order to showcase the artistic heritage of Vietnam. It is currently home to over 2000 art pieces dating back to prehistory all the way to modern times. The museum also has a space for temporary exhibitions, a Creative Space for Children, and a cafe. 

 

Admission: 40,000 VND with a 50% discount for old people, veterans, and disabled people. Free for children under 6 years old.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays

Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi.

 

Museum of Cham Sculpture

The Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang is one of the oldest museums in Vietnam. It was opened in 1919 by the French School of the Far East. The museum houses the largest collection of artifacts belonging to the Cham people, a Hindu civilization that existed along the coast of present-day Vietnam between 500 and 1500 A.D. There are more than 300 sculptures made of sandstone, terracotta, and bronze located within the museum along with around 2000 Cham artifacts. The museum is a great place to learn more about the little-known Cham culture.

 

Admission: 40,000 VND. Free for children under 16 years.

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily

Address: 2 Thang 9, Bình Hien, Hai Chau, Danang

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most popular attractions in Hanoi. The museum is located within the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex and is dedicated to documenting the life and work of the revolutionary Ho Chi Minh. It is home to a huge collection of artifacts, historical documents, photographs, etc, showcasing his life in a chronological account from birth to death. The museum is a testament to Ho Chi Minh’s legacy and its impact on the present Vietnamese people. 

 

Admission: 10,000VND

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Address: 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

 

To visit Vietnam and experience all that it has to offer, you will need to apply for a visa through the Vietnam embassy or consulate in your home country or online using a government-approved visa company like BDATrip. However, if you are a citizen of one of 25 countries that has visa exceptions like Britain, you do not need a visa for a specific number of days.

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