Top Museums In Vietnam

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Vietnam National Museum of history

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in a magnificent example of Indochinese architecture, which were until 1910 the French consulate and the residence of the governor general.

The building was also home to the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient (EFEO), during which time it became a museum to exhibit EFEO finds. Over time the building deteriorated, and it was not until the early 1930s, following a seven-year renovation, that what you can see now was realized. The entrance gives on to an impressive two-storey rotunda with exhibits all around and in many galleries to the rear.

The contents are as fascinating as the building. The ground floor traces Vietnam’s ancient history, from the first Neolithic finds through to those of the 15th century. Some items date back as far as 10,000 BC and feature more than just the requisite pottery shards and axe heads. The jeweler, tools and household items archaeologists have unearthed — along with human and animal remains — paint a compelling picture of the people who inhabited the region long ago, and provide a sense of how they are tied to Vietnam’s modern inhabitants. There’s also an excellent selection of bronze drums dating back as far as 500 BC. Ancient military history is also touched on. Corny dioramas of famous battles aside, some of the wooden spikes used by Tran Hung Dao to skewer the Mongolian fleet in 1288 are on display.

The upstairs of the rotunda has a small though impressive collection of Champa pieces — if you missed the Champa Museum in Da Nang, now is your chance. The rest of the second floor goes from the 15th century up to the 20th. Some familiar sights are here in terms of temple statuary and pearl-inlay furniture, but the statue of Guan Yin — the ‘thousand armed, thousand eyed’ manifestation of the Bodhisattva — is second only to the one in the Fine Arts Museum

Vietnam National Museum of Ethnology

This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting Museums in Hanoi and Vietnam. The Museum comes out of the recognition that Vietnam is a multi – ethnic country and that more attention should be paid to promote socio – cultural diversity. Despite being out of the way compared with other museums in Hanoi, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturalists of Vietnam and for those would appreciate some green apace.

There are indoors section while the in – housed exhibition is particularize, the outdoors display and actives make the museum stand out from the rest. There is a number of house modeling after the traditional architecture of ethnic minorities, especially those while live in Northern and Central highlands

You will be blown away by the elaboration of these architectures, at the same time being thoroughly need in traditional mages and activities such as water puppet show, calligraphy, stone game (O An Quan). The museum is especially a great choice for those who cannot find time to visit remote areas where live the majority of Vietnam ethnic minorities

Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts


The Royal Fine Arts Museum has been relocated from nearby the citadel to a former royal residence downtown known as Cung An Dinh or An Dinh Palace. Its an impressive building that was commissioned by Khai Dinh, Vietnams second last king in the early twentieth century. It was almost totally ruined during its post 1975 life as the Hue Labour Union headquarters.

The museum is modest given its subject matter but its definitely worth a visit. Its located in a small structure in the grounds of the main palace and the collection includes pottery, porcelain and costumes from the Nguyen Dynasty.
The main palace building has recently been restored as part of a German Government aid project with the help of German specialists. It contains a number of large murals and other ornate wall decorations.

You can easily combine a visit here with a visit to the Tu Cung residence a couple of hundred meters away westward along the canal. Information here is even scarcer than at most of Hues historical sites but it seems both the last two queens lived here at different times during the twentieth century. There are photos and other memorabilia of Vietnams final two imperial families.

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