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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 While the styles of the displays are definitely outdated by today's whizz-bang interactive exhibition standards, there is a lot of history packed into this museum that is still fascinating.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.

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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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