Attraction 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Vietnam History Museum is special ?
The Saigon's National History Museum, established in the 1920s as the Musee Louis Finot, is in a building which typifies Indochinese architecture. Occupying an area of more than 2,000 square metres, the museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people with displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Display text is written in Vietnamese, English and French. When in HCMC, make sure to visit the National History Museum for exciting displays and artifacts.
Check out displays of stone tools, Roman coins, cannons and items from Vietnam's ethnic minorities.
The highlight of the collection are the statues of the Cham empire, one of the most powerful ancient polities in what would become Indochina, as well as of some related city states. These are displayed in new, very well-done rooms, while the rest of the museum has the ancient, slightly faded charm of the time of its origins. While, again, no comparison to Phnom Penh, this is worth looking at if you are into art history especially; stunning, for instance, the oldest wooden Buddha statues in the world.
What to explore at Vietnam History Museum?
The museum exhibits its collection in two parts:-
Part One exhibits the history of Vietnam from the times when the area was first settled (about 300,000 years ago) to 1930 – i.e. when the Vietnamese Communist Party was born. This part consists of the following halls:
- The primitive period in Vietnam
- The founding of King Hung’s Dynasty
- The periods of struggle to gain independence (Centuries I - X)
- Ly Dynasty (Centuries XI - XIII)
- Tran Dynasty (Centuries XIII - XIV)
- Le Dynasty (Centuries XV - XVII)
- Tay Son Dynasty (Centuries XVIII - early XIX)
- Nguyen Dynasty (Centuries XIX – mid XX).
Part Two: Displays showcase various themes like that of historical characteristics of southern Vietnam such as Oc Eo culture, ancient culture of the Mekong Delta, Cham art, Ben Nghe - Saigon, ethnic minority groups in Vietnam etc. Ancient pottery of a few Asian countries is also housed in this area. The museums also stores a number of important relics in a separate storage are.
How to get to Vietnam History Museum?
You can catch a taxi to this famous place or if you are near the area, take the way to the northeast of the War Remnants Museum, via Thi Minh Khai Street, is a lush, riverside environment where the Vietnam National Museum of History is sited on the grounds of Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
- Lots of cool stuff
- A Must See In Old Saigon
- A Wonderful Glimpse at Vietnamese Peasant Life
- Detailed, interesting and well organised
- Unique and Remarkable Collections
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
This museum not only provides a history of Viet Nam through its tableaus and paintings but also is a fantastic art from an age then Viet Nam was part of territory controlled by Thailand, its immediate neighboring countries and China. Some of the art is from the Xing Dynasty. There is statuary as well as beautiful porcelain dishes and bowls, silk vestments and other finery, jewelry, and religious articles associated with Buddhism, Hinduism and other faiths. You will need several hours to do this museum justice. I place this on a must visit list when in Saigon.
Good historic grounding & variety. Decently kept.