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“Disappointing museum...very little English translations but good displays of aircraft.”

Vietnam Military History Museum
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Dien Bien Phu Past and Present: 2-Night Trip from Hanoi by Air
Ranked #28 of 277 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This repository of Vietnam's military history includes rooms full of war propganda, photographs and documents from wars against China, France, and the United States. The grounds feature several captured aircraft as well as a central structure build from the wreckage of French and American planes. Visitors may climb the flag tower, with great views from the top.
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“Disappointing museum...very little English translations but good displays of aircraft.”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The museum was very much up there on my friends to do list. I'm really not into museums so my review may seem negative.
The museum seemed dated and not well set out. The staff did not speak English so when we asked a question they just stared blankly at us?
The displays were nothing special...a tin mug with a description of "Tin mug used to drink water" please!
The entrance fee was minimal...paid,extra to take photos which seems to be the go in Vietnam.

It was raining on the day we were there but it did not dampen our spirit to browse around the aircrafts and tanks outside of the museum. I read a recent review on trip advisor that there was another area of display out the very rear of the museum which we were unaware of.
Got some good photos of the planes and chopper and tank though.
Would have been helpful if they would have handed out a brochure or map of the museum to assist us.
Vietnam has numerous museums....none of them impressed me but still glad I got to see them. The museum closes for a couple of hours around lunchtime so plan you visit carefully. Enquire about the hours or you may be like us and run out of time.

Visited November 2013
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“Disappointing inside but vehicles and aircraft outside are impressive”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Outside exhibition - planes (Mig-21, Mig-17, Il-14 and others) helicopters (Iroquois, Chinook), tanks and other armored vehicles (T-34, T-54, M113, etc), AA guns, torpedo launchers claimed to be used during Gulf of Tonkin incident - is quite interesting, but the inside disappoints. It's not even that it's mostly blatant propaganda - which is a given and can be quite interesting from historical/political point of view - it just seems to be a disjointed collection of items ("rice tube" used by Mrs X to bring food to help heroic combatants, bowl used by Mr Y to refresh himself before battle by drinking his own urine) without broader context. It would be great to see - for example - a small description of tactic used when fighting with anti-tank Lunge Mines or laying spike traps or short story of fascinating Dien Bien Phu battle or... you get the idea. A lot of opportunities missed.

Tickets were 40K VND.

Visited November 2013
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Better from the outside - poorly maintained but worth a visit”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Sadly the inside is poorly maintained, but outside they have a great display of Vietnam war tanks and aircraft. A Big tip (only found out this trip and not my first to Hanoi) is walk around the the very back of the main building and there are about 10 old tanks and 6 old aircraft and a Chinook Helicopter. These are different from the ones at the front. No one knows about the back as there are no visible signs and when we were there only two other people came around the back.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A bit disappointed”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

I was looking forward to visiting this museum as I have visited excellent Military Museums in Great Britain, Europe and Australia. I was disappointed by the basic displays and exhibits which appeared to be poorly preserved. Faded blurred photos, very little in the way of English descriptions and Anti American propaganda. Staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. Outside exhibits of planes, tanks and helicopters were interesting and good for photo opportunities. The Vietnamese don't do good Museums.

Visited November 2013
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“Another disappointing Vietnamese museum”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

The planes and tanks outside are interesting, but that's about it. The majority of the "exhibits" inside the buildings are old, blurred black/white photos. If you have visited any European/US military museums, you will be disappointed.Like the majority of other war/history museums in Vietnam-most provide the bare basics.

Visited October 2013
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