Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnam National Museum of History
3.5
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
History buffs will appreciate the expansive collections on hand in this educational museum.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • jon s
    Shepshed, United Kingdom91 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alright for an hour
    It’s ok for an hour or so. As with other reviews of the museum we agree that it’s abit chaotic and not very organised. It’s also quite hot inside so take a fan and water. Please note not advertised but the museum closes between 12-13.30 which is fine but not advertised (or not that we saw until we were there) very easy to walk to though.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Ali_Royal_2015
    927 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting to wander the 2 buildings for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
    The entry fee gives you access to two buildings full of exhibitions from different time periods in Vietnam. Some areas of the museums need some care and modernisation. Overall, worth a look if you have a free afternoon and an interest in learning a bit about the country’s history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful bronze and ceramic pieces
    This museum is in two separate locations though the one ticket was able to be used to view both. We started with the museum on Trang Tien Street which covers the history from pre-historic times to the Nguyen Dynasty in 1945. It contains many artifacts from the different periods with some lovely bronze and ceramic pieces, many of which I thought beautiful. There is a room dedicated to Champa pieces. I think the displays at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long gave me more of a feeling about how the dynasties differed and progressed but the pieces here were more beautiful. The colonial French building is pretty and there is an outside sculpture display. The second location on Tran Quang Khai Street was initially called the Museum of the Revolution which was merged with the Vietnam National Museum of History in 2011 though the maps have not always been updated. It contains historical items from 1858 to the present day. While there is a little bit of time overlap this museum does concentrate on the Vietnamese independence movement against the French and the Americans. The presentation here contains many photos and written material (though there are usually explanations in English). The early section of this museum provided some new information but there is overlap with the Vietnam National Museum of History and Hoa La Prison. I preferred the museum catering to the older time period.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • James N
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good 2 hours learning about Vietnam since the dawn of man
    Pretty cheap and a decent museum, lots of artefacts from pre-history, to ancient history to the 1800s. Learned alot about Vietnam and the region, and many of the ancient artefacts are fascinating. Is hot inside, only fans.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Adrian R
    Exeter, United Kingdom50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a few hours
    It's worth noting that this is actually two museums on opposite sides of the road, one devoted to modern history and the other to more distant events. The cheap entrance ticket grants entry to both (though not at lunch time - it closes completely over lunch). We went only to the modern history museum, which presents many interesting snapshots of Vietnamese history, illustrated by artifacts and brief biographies. The décor is a bit dated, but personally I found that charming. I did struggle a bit with the lack of an overall narrative. The text on the signs never moved beyond describing individual artifacts and images; there was no attempt to teach us anything about the broader historical context, which made for a disjointed experience that, whilst interesting, was not as illuminating as it could have been.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Max T
    Vancouver, Canada10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great overview of Vietnam's history
    This is a fantastic museum. It's not, obviously, on the same level as The British Museum or Berlin's Museum Island, but it gives visitors a great overview of Vietnam's history, culture, and long struggle for independence over foreign invaders. In addition, unlike another recent reviewer, I thought that the personal belongings on display in the section on communism really brought the history home: they reminded me that the people who led these movements were not just names in a book. I would highly recommend visiting this museum to contextualize the other sights which you see in Vietnam.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Adventurer746013
    45 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Provides a background for what you will see elsewhere
    Museum has two wings- one with some artifacts and one that is more modern and largely devoted to photos and documents. Our friends who are history buffs wanted to spend more time here. I found the displays of artifacts from prior to the 20th century more interesting but not well organized and the modern history displays somewhat dull.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
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Mcshlle
Manila, Philippines206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is a really good museum with good relics. I feel nice but sad at the same time. I read a book about war and land reform in Vietnam. Seeing artifacts related to those horrors interest me and I feel heartbreak for those who actually experience those, may their souls rest in peace and have a good rebirth or ressurection. ❤️ I feel some soldiers deserve bad karma but some did good merits , I hope more and more people will do good and prefer good merits over bad karma.
Written 22 May 2024
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Adventurer746013
27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Museum has two wings- one with some artifacts and one that is more modern and largely devoted to photos and documents. Our friends who are history buffs wanted to spend more time here. I found the displays of artifacts from prior to the 20th century more interesting but not well organized and the modern history displays somewhat dull.
Written 31 March 2024
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Max T
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a fantastic museum. It's not, obviously, on the same level as The British Museum or Berlin's Museum Island, but it gives visitors a great overview of Vietnam's history, culture, and long struggle for independence over foreign invaders. In addition, unlike another recent reviewer, I thought that the personal belongings on display in the section on communism really brought the history home: they reminded me that the people who led these movements were not just names in a book. I would highly recommend visiting this museum to contextualize the other sights which you see in Vietnam.
Written 5 March 2024
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Adrian R
Exeter, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It's worth noting that this is actually two museums on opposite sides of the road, one devoted to modern history and the other to more distant events. The cheap entrance ticket grants entry to both (though not at lunch time - it closes completely over lunch).

We went only to the modern history museum, which presents many interesting snapshots of Vietnamese history, illustrated by artifacts and brief biographies. The décor is a bit dated, but personally I found that charming.

I did struggle a bit with the lack of an overall narrative. The text on the signs never moved beyond describing individual artifacts and images; there was no attempt to teach us anything about the broader historical context, which made for a disjointed experience that, whilst interesting, was not as illuminating as it could have been.
Written 5 February 2024
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Leonidas K
Male4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I visited the Museum of Vietnamese National History in Hanoi, and I must say I was quite disappointed. The descriptions for the artifacts were severely lacking, leaving me confused about what I was looking at. Moreover, the museum seemed to have an overwhelming political focus, which made it feel one-sided. To make matters worse, a significant portion of the exhibits consisted of insignificant personal items of known communists, which didn't contribute much to a comprehensive historical understanding. Overall, I left the museum feeling unsatisfied and wishing for a more informative and balanced experience.
Written 7 January 2024
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Paul N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing time need about 3 hours life changing , never thought I would enjoy the experience as much as I did the staff was very helpful
Written 23 December 2023
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James N
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Pretty cheap and a decent museum, lots of artefacts from pre-history, to ancient history to the 1800s. Learned alot about Vietnam and the region, and many of the ancient artefacts are fascinating. Is hot inside, only fans.
Written 24 October 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This museum is in two separate locations though the one ticket was able to be used to view both. We started with the museum on Trang Tien Street which covers the history from pre-historic times to the Nguyen Dynasty in 1945. It contains many artifacts from the different periods with some lovely bronze and ceramic pieces, many of which I thought beautiful. There is a room dedicated to Champa pieces. I think the displays at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long gave me more of a feeling about how the dynasties differed and progressed but the pieces here were more beautiful. The colonial French building is pretty and there is an outside sculpture display.

The second location on Tran Quang Khai Street was initially called the Museum of the Revolution which was merged with the Vietnam National Museum of History in 2011 though the maps have not always been updated. It contains historical items from 1858 to the present day. While there is a little bit of time overlap this museum does concentrate on the Vietnamese independence movement against the French and the Americans. The presentation here contains many photos and written material (though there are usually explanations in English). The early section of this museum provided some new information but there is overlap with the Vietnam National Museum of History and Hoa La Prison. I preferred the museum catering to the older time period.
Written 1 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ali_Royal_2015
906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The entry fee gives you access to two buildings full of exhibitions from different time periods in Vietnam. Some areas of the museums need some care and modernisation. Overall, worth a look if you have a free afternoon and an interest in learning a bit about the country’s history.
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jon s
Shepshed, UK100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It’s ok for an hour or so. As with other reviews of the museum we agree that it’s abit chaotic and not very organised. It’s also quite hot inside so take a fan and water.
Please note not advertised but the museum closes between 12-13.30 which is fine but not advertised (or not that we saw until we were there) very easy to walk to though.
Written 20 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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