Vietnam National Museum of History is a must-visit destination for historical and cultural enthusiastss having a Hanoi travel tour. The museum offers a thorough understanding of the history of the nation while showcasing the rich cultural legacy of Vietnam through a variety of relics, exhibitions, and displays. Visitors would undoubtedly be drawn in by Vietnam’s vast and interesting history, which spans from prehistoric times to the contemporary period.
1. Introduction to Vietnam National Museum of History Hanoi
- Facility 1: 1 Trang Tien, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City
- Facility 2: 216 Tran Quang Khai, Trang Tien Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City
- Opening hours: The museum is open from 8 AM to 12 PM and from 1:30 PM to 5 PM every day except for the first Monday of the month
- Adults: 40.000 (approx. 1.7 USD) per ticket
- College/University students: 20.000 (approx. 0.9 USD) per ticket
- High school students: 10.000 (approx. 0.4 USD) per ticket
- Children under 6 years of age and disabled individuals: Free entry
Since its founding in 1910, the Vietnam National Museum of History has been a key player in preserving the nation’s cultural and historical heritage. The museum was originally a component of the École Française d’Extrême-Orient, but once the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was founded in 1945, it changed its name to the Vietnam National Museum of History.
The Vietnam National Museum of History has undergone numerous alterations and additions over the course of its existence, including the creation of a new building in 2009. The museum now has two locations in Hanoi and displays a wide range of objects and exhibits that span Vietnam’s history from ancient times to the 20th century.
The museum’s attractions include several antiques and displays relating to the nation’s struggle for independence and liberation as well as ancient bronze drums, iconic stone steles from the Nguyen dynasty, and many other items. Additionally, the museum displays the cultural and racial variety of Vietnam, including displays of the Cham culture and the country’s ethnic minorities.
Moreover, Vietnam National Museum of History is the first museum in Vietnam to incorporate technology in its exhibits and educational programs. The National Museum of History’s website now has 3D virtual interactive tour, making it easier than ever to view the whole collection without physically visiting.
2. How to get to the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi?
It is simple to get to the National History Museum from the Hanoi Opera House as it is located just behind it and shares the same address, 1 Trang Tien Street. If visitors go by bus, bus routes 02, 34, 44, 49, and 51 are the suitable choice.
If you are traveling by car or motorcycle, you should take the route that departs from Le Thai To and head in the direction of Hang Trong, Hang Khay, and Trang Tien. From there, you should pass the Hanoi Opera House and continue for another 200 meters before arriving at the National Museum of History.
3. The impressive architecture of Vietnam National Museum of History
The romantic architecture of the National Museum of History, which combines innovation, economy, and distinctive eastern culture, has made it a superb place to stay. This is undoubtedly the element that causes many young people who are passionate about beauty to “fall in love” at first sight.
The structure of the museum grounds is based on broad aperture spaces since they were constructed to meet the needs of the display space. The major display area is situated directly behind the long rectangular hall. Additionally, there are themed exhibition areas spread out on both ends of the hall, creating a roomy presentation.
Although the octagonal shape has many characteristics of ancient Chinese architecture, the skillful architectures make the entire roof block resemble the bell tower of the Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh. The complete roofing system for the exhibition spaces is designed with double-layer match roofs frequently seen in old-style Vietnamese temples and other places of worship.
The Vietnam National Museum of History building deserves to be honored as a prize-winning structure because of the skillful integration of Asia and Europe in the space plan’s structure, and the harmony between the building and the surrounding environment. It is regarded as one of the most significant examples of the Indochinese architectural style.
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4. What are the regular displays at the Vietnam National Museum of History?
4.1. Vietnam from prehistory to the end of the Nguyen Dynasty (1945)
The best place to learn about the remnants of Vietnam’s past is Building No.1 Trang Tien. Visitors can learn about the early stages of nation-building, and the struggle for independence expressed through uprisings, and each step is taken to create a vast cultural heritage that includes both tangible and intangible elements through feudal dynasties.
In the Vietnam National Museum of History are also fully and vividly shown collections of Oc Eo – Funan cultural artifacts, Champa sculptures, and works created by students of the Indochina Fine Arts School during the French colonial era.
4.2. Vietnam from the mid-19th century to the present
From the time the French started firing in 1858 until the US intervened and put an end to the war in 1975, you can access a difficult but heroic chapter in the history of the Vietnamese people here. This ongoing exhibition introduces objects concerning combat, labor, working, constructing infrastructure throughout the war, and setting the stage for the nation’s post-war development.
More than 100 original objects that were gifted to President Ho Chi Minh and the Communist Party of Vietnam from the people of Vietnam and around the world are also featured in the regular exhibition of the Vietnam National Museum of History, which preserves a huge historical value.
5. Notes for your visit to the National Museum of Vietnamese History Hanoi
There are some guidelines that visitors should go by in order to have a pleasant journey and the best experience in the museum:
- The National Museum of History will have a tour guide to guide visitors and explain each object and picture. Therefore, if you want to order a tour guide, please contact the museum beforehand.
- Strictly follow the rules of the museum
- The Vietnam National Museum of History will offer beneficial educational programs for pupils including the “I Love History” club, History Classes Fit for Parents and Kids,… Find out the timetable so that families and schools can plan for kids to visit the field.
- Do not forget to purchase some gifts for yourself and your relatives at the museum’s souvenir shop after your visit.
- In addition, do not arbitrarily touch the object or intentionally destroy the object, affecting its preservation.
- Before taking photos of artifacts, it is advisable to consult the manager in advance to avoid violating the regulations at the museum.
Besides, there are many other places to visit in Hanoi: Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Presidential Palace, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Van Phuc Silk Village that would bring visitors many exceptional visiting experiences about Hanoi – the cultural and historical center of Vietnam.
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The Vietnam National Museum of History is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that provide an unparalleled insight into the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam. It showcases the country’s diverse history and its people’s struggles and triumphs through the ages. A visit to the National Museum of Vietnamese History is an immersive and educational experience that should not be missed by anyone with an interest in history or culture.