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National Museum of Vietnamese History

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The National Museum of Vietnamese History is spread across two sites; Site One is set in a stunning colonial-era building and houses some simply beautiful historically important exhibits, while Site Two (on Tran Quang Khai), which was formerly known as the Vietnam Museum of Revolution, is less compelling, but still worth a spin through.

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The star of the two locations is Site One, which until a few years ago was what the National Museum of Vietnamese History referred to alone. Covering Vietnam's prehistory through to the Nguyen dynasty in 1945, it's set in a magnificent example of Indochinese architecture, which was until 1910 the French consulate and residence of the governor general.

One of the exhibition areas, with some bronze drums in the foreground. Photo taken in or around National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

One of the exhibition areas, with some bronze drums in the foreground. Photo: Samantha Brown

The building was also home to the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient (EFEO), during which time it became a museum to exhibit EFEO finds. Over time the building deteriorated, and it was not until the early 1930s, following a seven-year renovation, that what you can see now was realised. The entrance gives on to an impressive two-storey rotunda with exhibits all around and in many galleries ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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