This Museum is housed in a former colonial adminstration building known as Gia Long Palace . The museum focus mostly on the war although in the lower floors it does have some decent art/ history exihibits. The main attraction however is the building itself. It is also a favorite spot for couples to have their wedding photos taken
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum is located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City – in an old colonial building with a long fascinating history. It was built between 1885 and 1890 and at first, the building was intended to be the Commercial Museum, but it became the Governor of Cochinchina’s Palace. During the years it had many other functions such as the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace of Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1978 it became the Revolution Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and since 1999, it has been the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.
The museum houses several exhibition themes: “Nature and Archaeology”, “Ethnic Groups”, “The History of Foundation and Development”, “The Economy (late 19th – early 20th century)”, “Revolution Struggles (1930-1975)”, “The Culture (late 19th – early 20th century)”, and sometimes temporary exhibitions. Outside in the museum yard is a collection of old war hardware (tank, planes, helicopter etc).
The museum was not very interesting, but the building and garden was quite nice. Many exhibits were only labelled in Vietnamese.
This is a very pleasant museum showing old farm life, village life, costumes, art, and covering HCMC history up to the American War and beyond. There are plenty of military vehicles and aircraft outside on the grounds and interesting photographs from the time of the War. Most exhibits (not all) have English descriptions.
While we were there a local couple were having their wedding photos taken at the grand main stairway.
Previously known as the Revolutionary Museum, this large grey building (built around 1885) is a short walk from the centre of District One and the Reunification Palace. The colonial building has played a number of roles: firstly it was a commercial museum, then the Cochinchina Governor's palace, then briefly in 1945 it was the provisional administrative HQ before morphing into the French High Commissioner's Office. Later incarnations included the Gia Long Palace and the Supreme Court. In the late 1970's it was relaunched as the Revolutionary Museum and subsequently renamed the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.
The museum contains a photographic record of the Revolution within Vietnam, beginning with the French and ending with the Americans. There's also an expansive display of more ethno-societal and archaeological relics plus displays of Vietnamese aircraft and weaponry and French cars outside. Beneath the museum lay an elaborate network of tunnels and bunkers that reach as far as the Reunification Palace. It was through these tunnels that President Diem scampered before eventually fleeing to Cha Tam Church (and his death).
Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.
The boys loved this one. Outside there is a tank, helicopter and plane, relics from the war in the 60's. Inside there are heaps of guns on display. They also have temporary exhibitions. While we were there it was an exhibition of wedding rites in South Vietnam and also a collection of southern folk worshipping statues.
This is also a popular spot to get married. The day we were there we saw 3 weddings in a row. I can see why - it's a beautiful building, great back-drop for the wedding photos!
Entry here is 15,000 dong.
Ho Chi Minh Museum is a large pink building on the edge of the Saigon River, just south of the Ben Nghe Channel. This mansion was constructed in the 1860s by the French colonials, and was the headquarters of a French shipping company. I did not go in the museum itself, but I was somewhat impressed by the old building.
This museum is the old customs house which Ho Chi Minh went through as he left Vietnam on his 30 year journey around the world. Inside are some of his personal belongings, including his journals, fragments of his clothing, and his rubber sandals.
The museum gives you a small glimpse as to Ho Chi Minh was. Of more interest is the customs house itself which is nicknamed the Dragon House (Nha Rong) for its architectural design. It was constructed in 1863 utilizing a blend of Vietnamese and French style. Walking out onto the balcony gives you a great view of the port along the Saigon River. The cost of the museum is10,000d and it is open Tues-Sun 7:30-11:30 and 1:30-5.
Ba (Uncle) Ho's connection with Saigon was pretty much limited to a short visit in 1911, during which he signed onto a French ship as a crew member. After stays in New York, London, Paris, Moscow, and Hong Kong, he returned to Vietnam in 1941 to lead the revolt that led to Vietnam's independence and unification.
As the country's largest city, Saigon -- now Ho Chi Minh City -- could not be without its HCM museum (almost every town has one) despite the brevity of Ho's stay.
Though the building itself, erected in 1863 is quite beautiful, HCM City's HCM museum is not rich in exhibits.. Several dioramas represent moments in Ho's life and in the French and American Wars. One shows a representation of the famous "Ho Chi Minh Trail" which "North" Vietnam used to infiltrate personnel and materiel into the south during the American War. (It shows a US plane that has been struck by a missile of some sort.)
There is a small souvenir stand on the 1st floor, with many items featuring photos of Ba Ho.
Vietnam´s most celebrated hero is honoured at the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Surprisingly modest, it seems dusty and somewhat moth-eaten. Inside the smallbuilding is a collection of Uncle Ho memorabilia outlinig his life. When browsing through exhibits such as Ho Chi Min´s pencils or his watering canyou realise just how highly respected he really is. Much of the explanations are in Vietnamese but it´s not a bad place for wander.
The museum of Ho Chi Minh City is a noble colonial structure. The ground floor focuses on the fall of Saigon. Outside are a few military leftovers and some old cars. Not quite as interesting as some of the other museums in the city.
Built in 1886 and once known as Gia Long Palace, this museum covers the various periods in the city's 300 year history. The museum focuses mostly on the war and has some interesting displays such as the boat that had a false bottom for smuggling. There are also some decent art exhibits as wel.l
Underneath the building is a network of tunnels and corridors that stretch all the way to Reunification Palace. However, these are not open to the public.
Outside are a Soviet tank, an American Huey helicopter, an anti-aircraft gun, and an American built F-5 that was used by a South Vietnamese pilot to bomb the Presidential Palace.
The real attraction of this building is that it is used for wedding pictures almost every single day. I think that everybody who gets married in the city uses it.
Even if just barely interested in Vietnamese history, this grand neo-classical building is worth a look and if you have the time, once there, it would be silly not to pay the dollar to get in. I know, that’s two meals on the street but hey, you came all this way, so give it a try. What you’ll get is a true study in contrast. Photos of anti-colonial activists being executed jar your reality as you stroll carelessly through the ornate 19th century ballrooms that more than hint at the decadent lifestyle of the French colonists. America doesn’t fare much better, with the requisite Soviet tank on display in the otherwise tranquil garden in the rear of the museum. It is also an evidently very popular place to take your wedding photos as we saw numerous wedding parties very smartly attired having it done.
open: 9:00-16:00 daily
This museum, situated in a grand historical structure built in the 1880s, is one of many in Vietnam exploring a familiar theme: the struggle of the nation against the French and Americans. It is probably the best of its breed, with various photos, documents, models, and military artifacts detailing local activism as well as long military struggles. The signs are in Vietnamese only at the moment, which actually doesn't present much of a problem. There is a model of the Cu Chi tunnels, the underground network built by the North Vietnamese for weapons transport and living quarters during the American war. Outside are the typical but always interesting captured U.S. fighter planes, tanks, and artillery. Underneath the building is a series of tunnels leading to the Reunification Palace, once used by former president Ngo Dinh Diem as a hideout before his eventual capture and execution in 1962.
Ho Chi Minh was born in 1890 in the village of Kimlien, Annam and given the name of Nguyen Sinh Cung. He worked for a short time as a school teacher, then travelled the world as a sailor. Ho was inspired by the Russian Revolution and he even visited Moscow and thought that all Vietnamese communists should return to their country to fight for freedom and independence from French Colonial rule.
Ho Chi Minh went on to become the leader of the Communist forces during the Vietnam War. He was one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. The statue shows Ho holding a child and sits in the park in front of City Hall.