Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnam National Museum of History
3.5
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in this educational museum.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • jon s
    Shepshed, United Kingdom100 contributions
    Alright for an hour
    It’s ok for an hour or so. As with other reviews of the museum we agree that it’s abit chaotic and not very organised. It’s also quite hot inside so take a fan and water. Please note not advertised but the museum closes between 12-13.30 which is fine but not advertised (or not that we saw until we were there) very easy to walk to though.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Ali_Royal_2015
    906 contributions
    Interesting to wander the 2 buildings for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
    The entry fee gives you access to two buildings full of exhibitions from different time periods in Vietnam. Some areas of the museums need some care and modernisation. Overall, worth a look if you have a free afternoon and an interest in learning a bit about the country’s history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
    Beautiful bronze and ceramic pieces
    This museum is in two separate locations though the one ticket was able to be used to view both. We started with the museum on Trang Tien Street which covers the history from pre-historic times to the Nguyen Dynasty in 1945. It contains many artifacts from the different periods with some lovely bronze and ceramic pieces, many of which I thought beautiful. There is a room dedicated to Champa pieces. I think the displays at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long gave me more of a feeling about how the dynasties differed and progressed but the pieces here were more beautiful. The colonial French building is pretty and there is an outside sculpture display. The second location on Tran Quang Khai Street was initially called the Museum of the Revolution which was merged with the Vietnam National Museum of History in 2011 though the maps have not always been updated. It contains historical items from 1858 to the present day. While there is a little bit of time overlap this museum does concentrate on the Vietnamese independence movement against the French and the Americans. The presentation here contains many photos and written material (though there are usually explanations in English). The early section of this museum provided some new information but there is overlap with the Vietnam National Museum of History and Hoa La Prison. I preferred the museum catering to the older time period.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • James N
    12 contributions
    A good 2 hours learning about Vietnam since the dawn of man
    Pretty cheap and a decent museum, lots of artefacts from pre-history, to ancient history to the 1800s. Learned alot about Vietnam and the region, and many of the ancient artefacts are fascinating. Is hot inside, only fans.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Adrian R
    Exeter, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Worth a few hours
    It's worth noting that this is actually two museums on opposite sides of the road, one devoted to modern history and the other to more distant events. The cheap entrance ticket grants entry to both (though not at lunch time - it closes completely over lunch). We went only to the modern history museum, which presents many interesting snapshots of Vietnamese history, illustrated by artifacts and brief biographies. The décor is a bit dated, but personally I found that charming. I did struggle a bit with the lack of an overall narrative. The text on the signs never moved beyond describing individual artifacts and images; there was no attempt to teach us anything about the broader historical context, which made for a disjointed experience that, whilst interesting, was not as illuminating as it could have been.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
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Adrian R
Exeter, UK52 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
It's worth noting that this is actually two museums on opposite sides of the road, one devoted to modern history and the other to more distant events. The cheap entrance ticket grants entry to both (though not at lunch time - it closes completely over lunch).

We went only to the modern history museum, which presents many interesting snapshots of Vietnamese history, illustrated by artifacts and brief biographies. The décor is a bit dated, but personally I found that charming.

I did struggle a bit with the lack of an overall narrative. The text on the signs never moved beyond describing individual artifacts and images; there was no attempt to teach us anything about the broader historical context, which made for a disjointed experience that, whilst interesting, was not as illuminating as it could have been.
Written 5 February 2024
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Leonidas K
Male4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
I visited the Museum of Vietnamese National History in Hanoi, and I must say I was quite disappointed. The descriptions for the artifacts were severely lacking, leaving me confused about what I was looking at. Moreover, the museum seemed to have an overwhelming political focus, which made it feel one-sided. To make matters worse, a significant portion of the exhibits consisted of insignificant personal items of known communists, which didn't contribute much to a comprehensive historical understanding. Overall, I left the museum feeling unsatisfied and wishing for a more informative and balanced experience.
Written 7 January 2024
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Paul N
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing time need about 3 hours life changing , never thought I would enjoy the experience as much as I did the staff was very helpful
Written 23 December 2023
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James N
12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Pretty cheap and a decent museum, lots of artefacts from pre-history, to ancient history to the 1800s. Learned alot about Vietnam and the region, and many of the ancient artefacts are fascinating. Is hot inside, only fans.
Written 24 October 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This museum is in two separate locations though the one ticket was able to be used to view both. We started with the museum on Trang Tien Street which covers the history from pre-historic times to the Nguyen Dynasty in 1945. It contains many artifacts from the different periods with some lovely bronze and ceramic pieces, many of which I thought beautiful. There is a room dedicated to Champa pieces. I think the displays at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long gave me more of a feeling about how the dynasties differed and progressed but the pieces here were more beautiful. The colonial French building is pretty and there is an outside sculpture display.

The second location on Tran Quang Khai Street was initially called the Museum of the Revolution which was merged with the Vietnam National Museum of History in 2011 though the maps have not always been updated. It contains historical items from 1858 to the present day. While there is a little bit of time overlap this museum does concentrate on the Vietnamese independence movement against the French and the Americans. The presentation here contains many photos and written material (though there are usually explanations in English). The early section of this museum provided some new information but there is overlap with the Vietnam National Museum of History and Hoa La Prison. I preferred the museum catering to the older time period.
Written 1 October 2023
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Ali_Royal_2015
906 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The entry fee gives you access to two buildings full of exhibitions from different time periods in Vietnam. Some areas of the museums need some care and modernisation. Overall, worth a look if you have a free afternoon and an interest in learning a bit about the country’s history.
Written 5 August 2023
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jon s
Shepshed, UK100 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
It’s ok for an hour or so. As with other reviews of the museum we agree that it’s abit chaotic and not very organised. It’s also quite hot inside so take a fan and water.
Please note not advertised but the museum closes between 12-13.30 which is fine but not advertised (or not that we saw until we were there) very easy to walk to though.
Written 20 July 2023
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kbp61
Tiverton, UK203 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
An interesting collection of archaeological artefacts alongside some more recent Viet antiquities up until 1945. The museum is, by international standards, dated but notwithstanding that fact, is worth a visit. The garden has some pleasant stele and my wife recommends the toilets.

Across the road, you will find the exhibition highlighting post-1945 history of Vietnam. I found this frustrating as there was little by way of explanation and some dreadful photographs. Given the recent history of the war, I would have expected not only a better insight into the fight for independence but also far better graphics given the heightened media coverage at the time. There is plenty of room for improvement in this regard.
Written 29 January 2023
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CRISTINA Z
Bucharest, Romania71 contributions
Sept 2022
Nice and beautiful collection of artefacts from Vietnamese history. Some items are very impressive and unique.
Written 19 October 2022
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valuehotelsearcher
the hague19 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
I don’t agree with the reviewer who says it is not worth it. Yes but he is right that most exhibits do not have a date from when it’s from. The collection is meagre and not well organised
Written 28 September 2022
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