Museum of History, Ho Chi Minh City

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    History Museum

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Dec 31, 2003

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    The History Museum was built in 1929 and called "Musée Blanchard de la Bosse" until 1956.
    It has an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnam, from the Bronze-Age Dong Son civilisation (13 BC - 1AD) and the Oc-Eo (Funan) civilisation (1-6 AD), to the Chams, Khmers and Vietnamese. There are valuable relics taken from Cambodia's Angkor Wat.
    There is a research library about Indochina.

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    HISTORY MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    HISTORY MUSEUM

    If you are visiting the Botanical garden and Zoo, then pop next door to the History museum (1929) Its a lovely, historical Pagoda style building which typifies Indochinese architecture.

    The museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people with displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Check out displays of stone tools, Roman coins, cannons, old vases, pottery, swords, granite tablets with carvings, uniforms of mandarins and kings of yesteryears, and items from Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Display text is written in Vietnamese, English and French.

    The Museum covers all these Dynasties.
    Rise of the Hung Kings
    Fight for Independence (1st-10th centuries)
    Ly Dynasty (11th-13th centuries)
    Tran Dynasty (13th-14th centuries)
    Le Dynasty (15th-18th centuries)
    Tay Son Dynasty (18th-19th centuries)
    Nguyen Dynasty (19th-middle of the 20th centuries

    A statue of the Buddha with 1,000 eyes and 1,000 arms is also part of the museum's collection.
    There is also a water puppet show, with an extra charge.
    Vietnam’s history is in the bronze panels on the outside wall at the rear entrance

    OPEN 8am-11.30am & 1.30pm - 4.30pm

    ADMISSION IN 2013 VND15,000
    To take photos, you must purchase a CAMERA TICKET in conjunction with your admission ticket.
    The museum is open daily.

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    Museum of Vietnamese History

    by SLLiew Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    An excellent introduction to Vietnamese history and culture from the primitive era (circa 500, 000 years ago) and through the dynasties of Hung Kings, Ly, Tran, Le, Tay Son and Nguyen.

    Formal dressing required and no pictures allowed.

    There is also a water puppet theatre but will only performed if more than 5 persons have bought tickets. If you are going to Hanoi, the puppet show is better there.

    Open Monday to Sutarday 8am=11am, 1:30pm-4pm
    Sunday and holidays 8:30am-4pm

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    The Museum of Vietnamese History

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Museum of Vietnamese History is located right next to the Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City. It was established on August 23, 1979 – but was formerly named “Musée Blanchard de la Brosse” (1929-1956) and then “The National Museum of Vietnam in Saigon” (1956-1975).

    The museum was under reconstruction when I visited it, and not all exhibition halls were open, but normally there are two main sections: Part 1 displays the Vietnamese history from the first human vestiges (about 500,000 years ago) until the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1945). Part 2 displays various themes like “Buddha statues (12th - 19th century)”, “Ethnic minorities culture in Southern Vietnam”, “The Art of Champa (2nd – 17th century)” and more... In the museum yard is a collection of old cannons. There is also a small Water Puppet Theatre with short shows. Interesting place with many very old artefacts - absolute worth a visit...

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    Worth your time

    by JessieLang Updated Feb 19, 2011

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    The museum opened in 1979, and occupies a building constructed by the French in 1927.
    It is a really nice museum that starts with early stone tools and ends with the French period. It has everything from Roman coins to cannons, including items from the ethnic minorities. It is organized very well, and signs are also in English. I spent all afternoon there.

    Open: Daily 08:00-11:30 & 13:30-17:00.
    Admission: 15,000 VND.
    They DO allow photos, but you have to buy a 30,000 VND camera ticket in addition to the admission ticket. (Small price, and worth it.)

    The Den Hung Temple, located opposite the museum, is dedicated to the ancestors of Hung Vuong, the founding king of Viet Nam.

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    HISTORY MUSEUM

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 24, 2004

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    The History Museum

    This is an outstanding museum. It is the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam’s history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics and traditional costumes.

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    Vietnam History Museum

    by xiquinho Written Oct 7, 2004

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    If there is one must-see in Saigon (or maybe "should-see"), this is it. The museum, in a rambling new concrete pagodalike structure, does a good job of presenting important aspects of Vietnam's southern area, in particular. There is an excellent selection of Cham sculpture and the best collection of ceramics in Vietnam. Weaponry from the 14th century onward is on display, including a yard with nothing but cannons. One wing is dedicated to ethnic minorities of the south, including photographs, costumes, and household implements. Nguyen Dynasty (1700-1945) clothing and housewares are also on display. There are archaeological artifacts from prehistoric Saigon. Its 19th and early 20th century histories are shown using photos and, curiously, a female corpse unearthed as construction teams broke ground for a recent housing project. There are even some general background explanations in English, something missing from most Vietnamese museums.

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    History Museum

    by NedHopkins Written Feb 12, 2006

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    HCMC's History Museum is a model of what such institutions ought to be: well laid out, with good lighting, and a fine overview the history and customs of the peoples of Vietnam. The museum also has many Cambodian items, especially from the Khmer civilization that existed in Mekong Delta region until a couple hundred years ago.

    The building itself was erected by the French in 1929.

    No pictures are allowed inside the museum.

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    A Little Taste Of History

    by neurochic Written Nov 8, 2005

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    If you have nothing better to do you can visit the Museum of History but I have to admit the motorcycle ride over was much more fun than actually visiting the museum. Most of the museum talks about battles and different emperors that took over Vietnam. Only takes about 1 hour to go through the whole museum. Does contain a water puppet theater however if you didn't get a chance to see water puppetry in the North.

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    MUSEUM OF HISTORY

    by lavender23 Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    It’s a building over 100 years old located at 65 Ly Tu Trong ,it used to be the Palace of the Governnor of Colonialism and then the Office of the Imperial Delegate of the King .
    There are numerous pics and exhibits displayed which are related to the struggle against French colonialism and American Aggressors as well as images related to the general uprising in 1968 known as Mau Than spring general uprising and the historical HCM campaign in 1975 .
    U can also find some inform ‘bout the history of HCMC as well as a skeleton and things which have the era of over 1500.
    It's quite deserted so u much room and time to ramble round.
    Taking photo is forbitten here if u wanna take u must have permission of the manager.
    Ticket costs 10000VND
    But I didnt pay when i visited it ,dont know why hehehe!!

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    Great architecture

    by yukisanto Written Mar 10, 2007

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    Besides the usual history stuff, there's an old plane and heli on the grounds. I also love the history exhibits on the war period. There's also a section on past currencies used in Vietnam, from way back to when it was occupied by the french to the present notes. They have a section on foreign currencies - see if you can spot your country's currency. Chances are, you maynot even recognise that note, since it was the early days currency. I sure didn't recognise the first currency note of my country.

    Entrance fee: 15,000D or USD1.

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    history museum

    by haydnesque Written Sep 24, 2006

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    entrance is Vnd15. Unlike other museums, they wil give u 3 Vnd5 tickets instead of 1. its a nice place to see. There are ancient vietnam relics there and s0me buddhas from angkor wat. There is a mummy there which was rescently escavated in dist.5. And, the funny water puppet show! $2 though.

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    Museum of Vietnamese History

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    This excellent museum can be found on the left as you enter through the main entrance into the zoo and botanical gardens. It traces Vietnamese history from prehistoric times till the period of French occupation and carries an impressive range of artefacts, including Funan pieces found at Oc-Eo (Mekong Delta), a small selection of Cham sculptures, Stone sculptures of Cambodia (9th - 12th century), and various artefacts from the Ngô, Dinh, Anterior Lê, Ly Dynasties (939 - 1225 A.D.), Tran and Ho Dynasties (1226 -1407 A.D.), Lê to the Nguyên (1428 - 1788 A.D.), Tay Son Dynasty (1771 - 1802) and Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945).

    Open: Daily 08:00-11:30 & 13:30-17:00. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    The Museum of Vietnamese History.

    by worldkiwi Written Apr 29, 2005

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    History Museum, HCMC.

    This architecurally interesting building houses a modestly displayed collection of artifacts dating back to the beginning of human civilisation in Vietnam. One of the most intriguing sections is that which displays Cham stonework. There are also pieces of Angkor Wat on display here. The museum's displays have a little English and French on their signage. There's a particularly gruesome mummified body in one room (of course some will not find it gruesome, but I just had a quick look). Entrance to the museum was 10000d in April 2005.

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    The Museum of History

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 7, 2013
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    This museum is housed inside a beautiful yellow building built by the French in 1927. The actual museum first opened in 1979. Among other things the museum displays items from Vietnam's ethnic minorities.

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