Vietnam Military History Museum

Attraction 28A Dien Bien Phu St., Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 17-04-2017

1 hour
07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
1.34 USD

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Visiting the Vietnam Military History Museum, tourists can see thousands of exhibits, photographs, maps, scale models of the past Vietnam war.

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Why Vietnam Military History Museum is special ?

Located in the center of Hanoi, near V.L Lenin's statue, the Military History Museum is only 600 m from President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to the East, and covers a 10,000 - square meter area.

Not only is this museum one of the seven national museums but also it acts as the headquater of the army museum system. The museum exhibitions present the Vietnamese military history from the first period of founding the country to the Ho Chi Minh era. One of the well - known ancient monuments on the grounds of the museum in Hanoi flag Tower, classified as a national historic cultural monument. The construction of the Tower started in 1805 and was completed in 1812, with a height of nearly 31 m and a circumstance of 180 m.

Visiting the museum, tourists can see thousands of exhibits, photographs, maps, scale models of the past Vietnam war. Thanks to this, visitors will have a good general knowledge of the process of the birth, growth and victories of the Vietnamese people's armed forces for the cause of peace, independence and freedom.

These days, the Vietnam Military History Museum is widely open to all visitors, many of whom are from France and the USA, to come and explore the great victory’s secrets. Up to now, it has received more than 17,000,000 visitors including more than 2,141,000 foreigners from 150 countries worldwide.

What to explore at Vietnam Military History Museum?

The museum content covers the six following periods:

The history of the Vietnamese nation and the birth of the Vietnam People’s Army

The Vietnamese struggle against French colonialism

The Vietnamese struggle against American imperialists

The Vietnam People’s Army on the path to a regular modern army

The People and the Army are oneness, and will be invicible

Piece of weaponry displayed in the museum courtyard (such as airplanes, tanks, heavy artilleries, rockets, mortars, bombs, and so forth)

After your time here, you will realize that the museum is the concentrated embodiment of the Vietnamese people’s spirit revealed in President Ho Chi Minh’s writing: “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom” in the historic Nation’s Independence Proclamation.

Opening time

The Vietnam Military History Museum is open daily except Monday and Friday. Available tours to this museum can be found at any travel agency that offers Hanoi city tours or day tours in and around Hanoi. The prices for these one day tours are reasonable and the short duration (usually one day or even half a day) makes them popular among tourists who wish to have an overview of things to see and do in Hanoi.


Selling points

  • A look at the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective
  • Great place to spend a few hours
  • Great collection of Vietnamese and captured US military equipment
  • An interesting museum
  • A favorite part of Hanoi
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28A Dien Bien Phu St., Hanoi, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • There is little explanation in English so it's rather difficult to understand the presentation.
  • There is a lunch break from 11:30 - 1:00
  • If you want to take photo, you need to pay extra money.
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U.S. Navy planes on display at the war museum

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The outdoor section of this museum is massive and they have a collection of machines, airplanes and all different military weapons on display. It is absolutley massive so don't stop at the 1st outdoor section as they have a good paddocks worth of stuff to look at. The indoor galleries are hard to understand if you are not reading vietnamese BUT the outdoor section as mentioned makes up for this. Its rare to see these historical pieces up close as they were not repainted etc. My kids loved it. Next door is a cafe that does great drinks and baguettes!

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When visiting the Military History Museum, don't forget to check out the sculptural installation of downed airplanes in the back courtyard.

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