The National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi displays valuable Vietnamese cultural heritage. It introduces our history through invaluable artifacts that help visitors understand our process of building the country.
Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The museum on Trang Tien Street
Vietnamese History Museum on Tran Quang Khai Street, which is across the street from the exit of the Trang Tien location
Visitors can buy tickets to visit both facilities at either of the building
There are two facilities of two periods in Vietnam history:
Founded on September 3, 1958, inheriting from the Louis Finot Museum built by the French in 1926, the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi is the "work of a lifetime" by Charles Batteur - a famous French architect.
Inside the museum.
It is a yellow building whose architecture is a combination of French and Vietnamese, with a regular double-layered overlap roof, which is common in traditional Vietnamese religious constructions. In an area of nearly 4,000 square meters, about 10,000 artifacts are displayed chronologically, representing different historical periods of Vietnam.
There is usually a themed exhibition before you can get to the main area of the museum (In picture: Findings from ancient shipwrecks in Vietnam)
The first exhibition space has artifacts of prehistoric Vietnam that showcase human lives and their interactions with other countries within the region.
Vietnam in Prehistoric Times
Next is a gallery on the First State Foundation period where they display artifacts of ancient kingdoms like Champa and Oc Eo - Phu Nam culture stone art sculpture. The collections are presented chronologically from the 7th to 13th centuries, with more than 50 samples collected from many provinces such as Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh.
Ancient statues are displayed in the hallway
The Dong Son drums are crucial parts of Vietnam's ancient society and culture
Exhibition on Vietnam in the First State Foundation period
Arts and artifacts of Vietnam's many feudal eras can be found in this exhibition
The remaining two exhibitions are on our history from the 1st - 10th century AD (often known as one thousand years of Chinese domination), and 10th - mid-20th century AD, when Vietnam prospered under various dynasties.
The exhibitions are displayed chronologically
Royal costumes and artifacts from the Nguyen dynasty
The second facility was once the headquarters of the Indochina Department of Trade. This building is now used to display Vietnamese history from the mid-19th century.
Remnants of a plane crash during the Vietnam Wars
On the first floor are two collections on Vietnam's fight against French colonialism and the birth of the Vietnamese Communist Party, which had a significant role in many resounding victories: 1858 - 1945 and 1946 - 1954.
The first floor is dedicated to the Vietnam - French War
The second floor showcases two other exhibitions: one of the Vietnam - American War, and the other of Vietnam's development since the end of the Second Indochina War.
The layout of the second floor
Remnants from one of the Vietnamese uprisings
There are many tourist attractions around the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi to drop by, for example:
Hoan Kiem Lake: Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hanoi. It takes only 10 minutes to walk from the National Museum of Vietnamese History to this "heart of Hanoi." Also, don't forget to check out Ly Thai To Monument on the side.
Hanoi Opera House: Hanoi Opera House is another landmark with impressive architecture. It locates right next to the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, so tourists can quickly visit this place after exploring Vietnamese history.
Dong Xuan Market: It will take visitors about 20 minutes to walk from the National Museum of Vietnamese History to the shopping paradise of Hanoi.
The National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi is one of Vietnam's most frequented museums, not only because of being well-organized but also the invaluable knowledge that every artifact carries. When you're in Hanoi, don't forget to have a great time discovering the history of Vietnam here.
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