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Vietnam Military History Museum
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Dien Bien Phu Past and Present: 2-Night Trip from...
Ranked #50 of 288 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.
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Our visit to the Army Museum was a bit of a 'Brucie bonus' for me. When planning our trip to Vietnam, there was an element of compromise to be made. We only had ten days and so I couldn't dominate our time with all things Vietnam Conflict/ American War (the terminology is based on where in Vietnam you are from, as the South Vietnamese played a massive part in the conflict too). On our way from the Presidential Palace to the Temple of Literature we decided that we were in need of a refreshment (Vietnamese coffee is amazing), and just happened to find ourselves next door to the Army Museum, so why not visit it too? It would be rude not to. The museum traces the history of the Vietnamese Army from its origins to present day, and bits of it are quite cheesy, like the mock up of a jungle trail, but it is cute. They also have quite a bit of equipment left behind by the Americans like a Huey, a Chinook, a couple of tanks and APCs, but for me, the highlight was a short film that they put on regarding the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. There is also a large diorama that depicting the base at Dien Bien Phu, and as the narrator explains the battle, little LEDs light up showing where the action took place. I didn't know much about the battle prior to this, but when watching things about the siege at Khe Sanh there were many references to the similarities between the two battles, and the diorama showed that perfectly. Many other museums would benefit by following the same idea.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This museum is basically a collection of military objects from the American war. There are no guided tours and the museum doesn't really seek to explain the war. If you don't know the history of the war beforehand, you still won't after.
Having said that, it is interesting to be able to wander under helicopters and planes and around tanks from the war.
The toilets are to be avoided if at all possible as they were pretty unpleasant when we visited.

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

The best part about this museum is the displays of war planes and tanks in the outside area. The museum exhibits information and stories from many wars throughout history, however it is difficult to gain a comprehensive understanding of the history due to the lack of information in languages other than Vietnamese. If you decide to go here, try to pick a cool day as it is very hot and muggy inside the buildings, with no air circulating. If you want to take any photos at all during your visit, you must pay a compulsory fee at the entrance. The attraction would be made so much better if the information was displayed in languages other than Vietnamese. Interesting for a morning out.

1  Thank BenAndTash
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Interesting museum, but do not expect a comprehensive war museum, as the details on the reality of American war or comments in English are minimal.
There are some projectors and monitors to present videos, but when we requested to watch some, he were screamed at a very agressive "NO". Obviously, governmental staff not in the mood to be interrupted from tapping on their phones.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

I have been to hanoi a number of times and this museum is high on my list of visits, as well as one I recommend to friends. Although not all information is in my language, English, it is very visual. There are exhibits both inside and outside. Photos, weaponry, stories, planes....It is not just the story of the American (Vietnam) war, but of Vietnamese struggles and victories throughout their history. There is a flag tower, very old with stairs inside that can be climbed. My particular favourite is the diorama of Dien Bien Phu. This is in English, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese. It is accompanied by the story and original film footage. It is a large museum, so when you get tired, thirsty or want a break, there is a very good coffee shop on the grounds.

1  Thank Deb N
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