5 Must-see Museums In Hanoi

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Hanoi is famous for not only tourist destinations but museums. Listed below are some must-see museums when you come to visit Hanoi.

1. Museum of History

An extensive collection of artefacts tracing Vietnam’s past makes this worth a visit. Don’t miss the bronze Dong Son drums and 2,5000 years-old coffin canoe. As the exhibits focus on ancient history, hit the Revolution Museum afterwards to learn about more recent events.

1 Pham Ngu Lao Str, Hoan Kiem Dist/ Open 8am to 4.30
Adults VND20,000, student and children VND10,000

Local insight: A small, shady café in the museum’s countryard is a nice place to grab a coffee or beer.

2. Hochiminh Museum

Dedicated to modern Vietnam’s founder, this museum is worth a visit for its hallucinatory third floor exhibitions including giant fruit sculptures and photographs from the life of its namesake.The exhibits depict his revolutionary struggle.

19 Ngoc Ha str, Ba Dinh Dist/ Open 8am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4pm, every day except Monday and Friday afternoon Admission VND25,000

Local insight: Photography is forbidden, so you can only take mental pictures of the surreal exhibits.

3. The Art Museum

A good introduction to Vietnamese painting, lacquer and ceramics, the collection includes everything from 1,000 year-old silk paintings to more modern work, much of which depicts the war and its aftermath. First opened in 1966, it is in need of much restoration.
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Str/ Open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday/ Adults VND20,000, children VND7,000

Local insight: many of the original paintings were hidden during the war and replaced with copies.

4. Revolution Museum

This homage to Vietnam’s independence movement offers the usual blurry photographs along with some more interesting artifacts. Unless you have extensive knowledge of Vietnam’s revolutionary fighters, bring your text book.

25 Tong Dan Str/ Open 8am to 11:30am and 1.30pm to 4.30pm. / Adults VND10,000, children VND5,000

Local insight: Don’t miss the guillotine tucked away in a side room that appears to double as furniture storage.

5. Ethnology Museum

Dedicated to Vietnam’s 53 ethnic minority groups, this is Hanoi’s most impressive museum. Don’t miss the exterior section where the architectural styles of the various ethnic groups are reproduced in life size houses. You’ll be scrambling up ladders and ducking through tiny doorways in no time.

Nguyen Van Huyen Road/Open 8.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday/Admission VND25,000

Local insight: The museum offers outdoor water puppet theater in a small pond on the grounds.

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