War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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    History is Written by the Victors! (Entrance)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    This will be a multi part tip with more pictures inside the War Remnants Museum.

    This is the first part of the tips with pictures of the Entrance and tickets at the museum.

    Open daily : from 8am to 11:45am and 1.30pm to 4:45pm
    Entry : VND10,000

    Operated by the Vietnamese government, the museum was opened in September 1975 as the "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government [of South Vietnam]." Later it was known as the Museum of American War Crimes, then as the War Crimes Museum until as recently as 1993. Its current name follows liberalization in Vietnam and the normalization of relations with the United States, but the museum does not attempt to be politically balanced.

    Its exhibits speak for themselves, a distressing compendium of the horrors of modern warfare. Some of the perpetrators of these horrors are on display in the courtyard outside, including a 28-tonne howitzer, a ghoulish collection of bomb parts, and a renovated Douglas Skyraider plane. A series of halls present a grisly portfolio of photographs of mutilation, napalm burns and torture. One gallery details the effects of the 75 million litres of defoliant sprays dumped across the country, including hideously malformed foetuses preserved in pickling jars; another looks at international opposition to the war as well as the American peace movement. The museum rounds off with a grisly mock-up of the tiger cages, the prison cells of Con Son Island. There's a water puppetry theatre (daily 9-11am & 2-4pm; $2) opposite the souvenir shop. A minimum of five people are required for a performance.

    The museum is effectively a propaganda museum for the Vietnamese Communist regime, as it almost exclusively displays exhibits that are highly critical of the South Vietnamese and American war efforts during the Vietnam War, while neglecting to exhibit anything critical of the North Vietnamese or Viet Cong's war effort or atrocities, for example of the Hue Massacre, the Dak Son Massacre and the Chau Doc massacre, the many land mines scattered across rural southern Vietnam that still lay undentonated often injuring rural villagers (particularly children) today, the brutal treatment of American Prisoners of War (POWs) between 1964 and 1973, and the brutal treatment of political prisoners in labor camps (reeducation camps) run by the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong during and after the war.

    The fact that the War Remnants Museum used to be known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes is a good indication as to who the Vietnamese have chosen to portray as the bad guys in this exhibit. Although the recent name change will avoid offending Chinese and American tourists, the pamphlets passed out at the entrance pull no punches, warning stoically, "Some pictures of U.S. imperialists' aggressive war crimes in Vietnam."

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    Shame and Sorrow on Full Display

    by wilocrek Updated Jun 26, 2012
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    The War Remnants Museum is a horrifying place to visit. The atrocities of a shameful war are on full display here with uncensored photos of carnage and grief. The museum brillantly and sadly gives a full history of the Vietnam War through relics and photo and is laid catergorically floor by floor. The 2nd floor specifically chronicles the atrocities committed by American soldiers during the war and shows a timeline with word and photos of exactly how terrible these events were for the Vietanmese.

    While many people accuse this museum of Communist propaganda and of having extreme bias, I would argue that the events that are shown are a factual reminder of the horrors of war. Every visitor to Vietnam should spend a few hours at this museum as a reminder of the collateral and many time intentional damage that is done to innocent people because of political wars. Its a humbling and sorrowful tribute to the thousands of men, woman, and children that suffered death and injury and whose pains deserve to be remembered.

    Visiting Information

    Open Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; the ticketing window closes from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The last admission to the museum is at 4:30 p.m.

    Entrance Cost: 75 cents

    Location: 28 Vo Tan Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    Contact: +84 39302112 or warrmhcm@gmail.com

    When to Visit: The War Remnants Museum gets busy in late afternoon as tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels finish there. Avoid the crowds by going earlier in the day.

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  • Just War Remnants Museum

    by Minhnguyen13 Written Dec 6, 2011

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    why Vietnamese have to anti American if they came in peace and went with it

    history is mostly written by the winners of the conflict i guess it ,too -but i guess it 's just telling you that American is not the best, not the high-grade being. ^^!

    I try to think , there was the war and there is the war remnants, - just go inside watch all of this, then go out and make peace for our world

    I just hope that war doesn't repeat itself by any countries (in fact, it 's going on)

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    The war remnants museum.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 20, 2011

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    the war remnants museum is a museum that is a combination of a display of air crafts from the Vietnam war and a display of many pictures and stories from the Vietnam war that focuses on the american war crimes commited in vietnam.
    there are also a couple of prison cells from the war that you can see.
    I think a lot of boys of all ages will find all the airplanes and helicopters in the courtyard interesting and if you take your time to ge through all the different pictures and stories inside then you can find some really interesting stories among them.
    Some americans will probaply say that it´s too anti american and that might be true, but history is mostly written by the winners of the conflict i guess.

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    War Remnants Museum

    by schurman23 Written Oct 1, 2011

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    The whole area is an exhibit of the Vietnam war. It has certainly an anti-american theme as it was formerly called the House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government. It displays war equipments, tiger cages for Vietnamese POWs, graphic pictures, and other artifacts during Vietnam war.

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    VISIT THE WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM

    by DennyP Updated Sep 19, 2011

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    THE ENTRANCE TO  THE WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
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    The War Remnants Museum in Saigon is an extremely graphic encounter detailing displayed items in all forms the Ten Thousand days that North Vietnam was at war with either South Vietnam ,the French or The USA and its allies..There are many sections to the Museum and can take a few hours to view. Always being interested in Military History, wherever that I may be travelling I always try and view Miltary Museums..this for me was a museum that I wanted to visit as I had heard so much about it...

    There are many different sections that touch on all facets of the wars ..with many detailed Maps ,Photos, with a huge collection of various ,Weapons and Ordinance captured or surrendered in the horrific conflict that it was...Outside the building is a large collection of Military Vehicles,Tanks,Artillery and Helicopters that was either left by the departure of The US forces or they were captured by the North Vietnamese Army.

    Photography is allowed inside the Museum and also outside..
    The Museum is constantly in a state of reconstruction ,always enlarging and modernising all its activities..

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    War Remnants Museum

    by cal6060 Written Jul 28, 2011
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    After Cu Chi Tunnel, the tour continued to War Remnants Museum. This museum gave you a clearer pictures of how it was like during and after the Vietnam War. It displayed American military hardware, weapons, and helicopter outside of the museum. Inside the museum, it told the truth stories of the war which was different than what the American side of the stories. Americans used nuclear bomb during the war and affected the normal life of the civilians, for example a child was born with one leg, or blinds. It also displayed people from all over the world against the U.S entering the war. Overall, this museum has created a horrify experience for me to learn about the Vietnam War.

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    If your an American you won't like this place !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written May 10, 2011

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    Property of the USA outside this museum !!!

    I must say there isn't too many places in the world that I have visited that has made me feel uncomfortable, but this place did ... being an American. I went inside and when I realized it was basically an Anti-American museum I decided to wait outside for my fellow traveler that I was with, and within 15 minutes they had all came out and we all left. The most interesting part of this place are the pieces of military stuff left over that are spread out outside. If your an American be warned you might not like this place !!!!!

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    NOT For The Faint of Heart

    by pa3ciamiranda Written Apr 9, 2011
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    This museum used to be called the Museum of American War Crimes. I guess it offended a lot of of its US visitors so they had to change. Here you can see hundreds of photographs, torture implements, stories of agent orange and napalm victims, movies about the Vietnam war. It made me really sad why such a useless war like this was waged in the first place.

    The top floor has an art center for kids and adults alike to relieve stress by drawing on the free paper and pastels they give out specifically for the purpose of destressing.

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    War Remnants Museum

    by ak47uk Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    The disturbing War Remnants Museum highlights the horrors of modern combat, and especially portrays the suffering inflicted on the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War. Previously called the Museum of American War Crimes, the name was altered so as not to cause offence to American visitors, but its displays do tell the story from an anti-American perspective. The museum houses a collection of weapons, machinery, artefacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. One room is dedicated to biological warfare, including the effects of the defoliant sprays that were dumped over the country. Another room looks at worldwide demonstrations for peace and international opposition to the war. In the courtyard there are tanks, helicopters, planes and bombs on display.

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    Painful history

    by JessieLang Written Feb 19, 2011

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    The War Remnants Museum is in the former U.S. Information Agency building. (Before Vietnam re-established diplomatic ties with the U.S. it was called the War Crimes Museum.) It contains the history of the Vietnam War as told by the winning side, and I didn’t visit every room.

    However, the Requiem Exhibit is excellent. It is a collection of photos by photographers, from all sides, who were killed in Viet Nam or Indochina. Pictures and short biographies of the photographers are by their featured photos.

    Childrens’s drawings were the most cheerful exhibit in the building. The colorful drawings were in response to a contest for pictures that represented peace.

    Assorted tanks and other war machines are on the grounds outside.

    Open Tuesday to Sunday

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    War Remanents Museum

    by easterntrekker Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    Outside the Museum are some USA tanks helecopters and heavy equipment .I was a young girl when the war was raging but I remember it well and seeing the US tanks here brought back so many unpleasant memories.

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    War Remanents Museum

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 9, 2011

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    Tiger cages
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    Here we saw the gruesome yet "famed"tiger cages and many old posters fromthe 70's proclaiming " Stop the War".There's lots of historical data although much of it seems to me one sided and leaning towards propoganda.One sided or not though it does the job of describing the horror of war and the devastation to all involved.

    One floor is devoted to the devastation caused by "Agent Orange".Its too distrurbing for words and I couldn't bring myself to look at it all.

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  • The horror of war

    by thescene Written Dec 14, 2010

    The War Remnants Museum remembers one of the bloodiest conflicts in world history. Here you get to see many disturbing photos of the events of those days to remind people of the horrible war. There are also a lot of military equipment such as tanks, aircraft and jeeps that were used by American forces. It's a quite sobering experience that makes visitors value the peace they have now.

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    WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM

    by ancient_traveler Updated Aug 13, 2010

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    There is very obvious bias as there are no "records" of any unpleasant deeds having been committed by the North Vietnamese Army. However, despite it's obvious bias, there's also an exhibit on the third floor about the war journalists from all over the world who documented - and often disappeared or died in - the war.

    opening hours: 7.30 - 12.00, 13.30 - 17.00

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