Don't come here for the history of HCMC as such. That bit of the exhibition was clearly put together by earnest bureaucrats and concentrates on things like the population of various wards, the geology beneath the city and HCMC industries (I am not exaggerating). The really interesting bit is the original purpose of the museum: a history of the Vietnamese revolution. Other reviewers' comments about the spectacles of Comrade X and the typewriter of Comrade Y are spot on. The exhibits are not interesting in themselves but because of the perspective they reflect on the Communist view of Vietnam's history, complete with revolutionary paintings and waxworks. Come here for an insight into a vanished but powerful way of thinking.
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