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Vietnam Military History Museum

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The Vietnam Military History Museum has a comprehensive collection of war relics charting Vietnam’s struggle for liberation. If you’re only going to see one war museum in Vietnam, this should be it. While the styles of the displays are definitely outdated by today’s whizz-bang interactive exhibition standards, there is a lot of history packed into this museum that is still fascinating. The old museum style is in itself intriguing to observe.





There is a lot to see, so pace yourself, or decide what’s really of interest to you. If you’re mainly interested in the American War, you may want to skip through some of the earlier galleries, or risk being too overloaded with information to really appreciate it. Naturally everything is shown from the perspective of the Communist government.

An overview of the museum's outside grounds. Photo taken in or around Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

An overview of the museum's outside grounds. Photo: Samantha Brown

The museum was opened in the 1950s, and still has the feel of something set up then. It contains some 150,000 artefacts, documents and photographs arranged in a series of galleries. Though much is somewhat stale, expect more than the usual collection of guns, spears and ammo (though these do feature heavily), with a good deal of photojournalism and historical background provided in English, French and Vietnamese. Items are not put fully into context, but if you have some knowledge of Vietnamese history, a lot will be interesting to see.

The museum begins with galleries featuring featuring axes and stone hoes dated as far back as 4,000 years ago; information notes that the state of Van Lang, the site of modern Vietnam, repelled outside invaders as early as 7th and 6th centuries BC. Now that’s some wartime history to cover to bring us up to the present. Note the sly reference when Vietnam’s land area is explained to it including the "Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands". There might be a few neighbouring nations who disagree.

A visitor examines the displays. Photo taken in or around Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

A visitor examines the displays. Photo: Samantha Brown

Galleries continue to cover Chinese colonisation, through to the French period, the brief Japanese period and then on to the American War, and more recent ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Vietnam Military History Museum
28A Dien Bien Phu St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Tues-Thurs, Sat-Sun 08:00-11:30, 13:00-16:30
T: (04) 3823 4264 
[email protected]
http://www.btlsqsvn.org.vn/
Admission: 40,000 dong

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