This is the famous guillotine that was brought to Vietnam by the French in the early 20th century and used in a jail on Ly Tu Trong Street. During the Vietnam War with the US, it was transported to all of the provinces to decapitate Vietnamese patriots. The last man who was executed was Mr Hoang Le Kha, member of the Provincial Committee of the Vietnamese Workers' Party in Tay Ninh province in 1960.
Part of this museum displays reproductions of the "tiger cages" in which the South Vietnamese government housed political prisoners. Each one measures 2.7m x 1.5m x 3m where between 5 to 14 prisoners were kept in each cage during the hot season, while only one or two were kept during the winter season.
This is perhaps the most famous and popular museum in the city, chiefly because of its outside displays of American aircraft and weaponry and the horrific photos of prisoners inside. On display in the compound are a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, an F-5A fighter, a BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter" bomb, M48 Patton tank, and an A-1 attack bomber.
But it's the displays inside that leave you questioning what really went on during the Vietnam War. Although the name of the museum has been changed from that of the Museum of American War Crimes, the Americans were the main perpetrators of the horrors you will see inside this museum. The museum has a large number of photos detailing atrocities from the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, the use of napalm and phosphorus bombs. Curiosities include a guillotine used by the French and the South Vietnamese to execute prisoners, last in 1960, and reproductions of the "tiger cages" in which the South Vietnamese government housed political prisoners. Very graphic which just leaves you questioning "why"?
Open: 7.30am-12pm & 1.30-5pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.
1. External : War planes, tankers, bullets used during American War
2. Internal : Photos of wars showing :
- faces of painful and helpless people
- faces of patoriotic soldiers
- burnt charcoal-looking homes of the locals
- piles and scattered dead corpses everywhere on the streets
- tortured equipments used
- disfigured bodies of children and adults who had drank the water poisioned by enemy.
- people with lost limbs after stepping onto unknown mines.
A museum dedicated to war artifacts. Formerly called the "War Crimes Museum". Its name was changed to the more politically correct "war remmants museum. It basically tells a one sided story of the war from the communists' perspective. The message is communist good, America bad. Still the old equipment is worth a look.
The War Remnants Museum is an austere concrete building containing some detritus and other graphic depictions of the American-Vietnam war. Many of the photographs will distress viewers.
Aside from the exhibition rooms there is quite a bit of military hardware on display, including a fighter jet, helicopter, long-barrelled canon and various tanks.
One of the most interesting areas of the Museum is dedicated to the French guillotine sent to Vietnam in 1911 and a model of the infamous tiger cages in which prisoners were tortured.
Open daily from 8am to 11.45am and 1.30pm to 4.45pm.
Entry fee is VND 10,000.
War Remnants Museum opened its doors in 1975. The ugly truths about war shown in pictures exhibited, hit you sharply. You see how much suffering has taken place through the eyes (cameras) of foreigners witnessing Vietnam war. It is very hard to hold yourself not to cry when war crimes are shown in one exhibition section. We left the museum with my wife deeply saddened and we felt more connected to Vietnamese people learning more about their history. In a world where we seek peace globally, this museum shows how ugly things can get during war. Openinhg hours are 7:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:00 everyday. Admission fee is 15000 Dong or 1 USD.
War Remnants Museum was opened to the public in September, 1975 till today and display the war against and post-war effects against the Vietnamese people. This places includes many artifacts and pictures that will shock you to your core. I say that this is a must visit place when you are here.
The museum is open from 7.30am-12.00pm and 1.30pm-5pm. Last admission is 4.30pm.
I didn't take many photos. There were so many shocking exhibits and photos here. Evidence of the effects of agent orange, jars of deformed feotuses, photos of atrocoties and other horrors of the Vietnam war. The courtyard has tanks, bombs, planes & helicopters. It's a sobering experience and records man's inhumanity to man. But I would say a must to visit whilst in Saigon. The photos from Robert Capa's last roll of film capture so much. He died in 1954 stepping on a land mine.
This museum was once known as the "Musuem of Amercian War Crimes". The name was changed to avoid offending Amercian tourists.
The War Remnants Museum was established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting American war crimes.
Such documents illustrate the killing of civilians, spreading of chemicals, torturing of prisoners, and the effects of the war on the north. Planes, tanks, bombs, and helicopters are also on display. Outside the museum are some rooms displaying cultural products of Vietnam. Over the last 20 years, over 6 million visitors entered the museum. Among this number, nearly 1 million were foreign visitors, including American tourists.
Entrance Ticket : 15,000 VND
Probably the most frequently visited museum in HCMC, the War Remnants Museum is a great place to wander around. It was opened to the public in September, 1975 and shows exhibits on the after effects of war crimes against the Vietnamese people. It has 8 permanent exhibitions as well as other collections and these include: Historical Truths (causes, origins and processes of agressive wars), "Requiem" (a collection of photos taken by 134 war reporters, killed during the Vietnam War), Vestiges of war crimes and aftermaths, the Imprisonment System (showing detention camps, prisons and torturing methods), Photo collections of two Japanese reporters, International support for the Vietnamese people in their resistance war, "War and Peace" (a children's painting collection) and U.S. state of the art weaponry used in the Vietnam War.
The museum is open from 7.30am-12.00pm and 1.30pm-5pm. Last admission is 4.30pm.
THE WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM USED TO BE CALLED THE "MUSEUM OF CHINESE AND AMERICAN WAR CRIMES"
I DONT CARE IF YOUR A GUN TOTTING, MEDAL BEDECKED WAR HERO THIS MUSEUM BRINGS HOME THE COLD HARD TRUTH THAT WAR IS BRUTAL.
DONT GET ME WRONG, I DONT RUN ABOUT WITH A FLOWER IN MY MOUTH..FAR FROM IT.
BUT THIS PLACE REALLY DOES MAKE YOU STAND BACK AND THINK.
THERE ARE PHOTOS HERE SHOWING THE RESULT OF AMERICAN NAPALMING AND THE USE OF AGENT ORANGE.. YOU REALLY DO HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG STOMACH TO LOOK AT SOME OF THESE PHOTOS. THE PICTURES OF THE DEFORMED BABIES IN THE JARS HAD ME LOST FOR WORDS.
HERE AT THE MUSEUM YOU WILL ALSO FIND LOADS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES.. A HELICOPTER..ARTILLERY..AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEAPONS ALL ON DISPLAY.
THERE ARE ALSO MODELS OF THE "TIGER CAGES" USED BY THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE TO KEEP VC PRISONERS IN.
THIS IS A MUSEUM THAT REALLY IS WORTH VISITING.. TAKE YOUR TIME AND READ ALL THE LITTLE CAPTIONS UNDER THE PHOTOS.. I BET YOU LEAVE THIS PLACE WITH A DIFFERENT VIEW ON A LOT OF THINGS...I FOR ONE DID.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT THE REUNIFICATION PALACE AND WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM IN THE SAME DAY THEN I WOULD SAY TO YOU TO GO TO THE PALACE WHEN IT OPENS GIVING YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO SEE AROUND THEN GO FOR A BITE TO EAT..BY THE TIME YOU'VE HAD LUNCH THE REMNANTS MUSEUM WILL HAVE REOPENED.
THEN YOU WILL HAVE ALL AFTERNOON TO TAKE IN THE MUSEUM AT YOUR LEISURE.
OPENING TIMES ARE 7-30AM-NOON AND 1.30PM-5PM ADD 15.000D
The War Remnants Museum displays exhibits on war crimes and aftermaths of the various wars fought on Vietnamese soil with the French and Americans. The black and white pictures on display are heart-wrenching and shows the deep suffering endured by the Vietnamese during the war. Although it is a one-sided story of how the governments sees the war, it is proof that nothing good comes out of violence. The main exhibits are grouped into 8 themes:
1) Historical truths - causes, origins and processes of agressive wars.
2) "Requiem" - collection of photos taken by 134 war reporteds killed during the Vietnam War.
3) Vestiges of war crimes & aftermaths
4) Imprisonment system - shows the torture methods used in detention camps
5) Photo collections of Japanese reporters Ishikawa Bunyo & Nakamura Goro
6) International support for the Vietnamese people
7) Children painting colection
8) US weaponry used in the war
Opens daily 7.30 - 12.00 & 13.30 - 17.00
Entrance - VND15,000
The War Remnants museum (Nha Trung Bay Toi Ac Chien Tranh Xam) is definitely the must-see museum in Ho Chi Min, to learn a bit more about the atrocities commited in one of the bloodiest wars ever.
In the courtyard you can see several captured US planes, tanks and helicopters, as well as bombs, including the huge B52. Then there are two smaller pavillions, one explaining which foreign armies were in Vietnam and where they were located, and the other dedicated to the Vietnam peaace movements all over the world.
The rest of the museum, which is the main building exhibition and the torture chambers on the left, is a huge chamber of horrors... torture tools, people burned by napalm, deformed phoetuses, shocking photos and a replica of a prison cell. Definitely a tough visit...
The museum is open daily 7:30-11:45 and 1:30-5:15, and the price (2007) was 15000 dongs.
Formally known as the Museum of Chinese and American War crimes. We didn't see anything linked to the Chinese. However, it's a chance to hear about the victims of US military action tell their own story. It also covers the actions of the french as well. It is hard going and you do learn more about the victims of agent orange. I wouldn't bring young children here. It is certainly worth a visit.