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.
I went to the War Remnants Musuem after spending half a day crawling inside the Cu Chi Tunnels. It was a good follow-up, not only did I listen to more propaganda, I got an opportunity to see the "American War" through the eyes of the locals.
Yes, I got to see gripping Pulitzer-prize winning photos, deformed babies preserved in formalin and other gory relics, including a French guillotine. Good thing I didn't have too heavy a lunch.
In any case, I was spell-bound, I heard much of the war yet I knew so little about it ! I have to admit that I was quite disturbed by all the images, so were many tourists, some of whom were shaking their head away in disbelief. There was one photo that caught my attention, a grim photo of a mother fleeing away from her enemies with her children.
The War Remnants Museum was opened to the public on September 4, 1975 – less than 5 months after the fall of South Vietnam… The museum was formerly known as the “Museum of American War Crimes”, but with the normalization of relations with the United States, the name was changed to its current name in 1993. The museum is a major tourist attraction and has more than 400,000 visitors per year.
The museum contains exhibitions related to the American phase of the Vietnam War. The exhibitions are housed in several buildings and the themes are: “Historical Truths”, “Requiem” - (a photo collection taken by war reporters killed during the Vietnam War), “Vestiges of War Crimes”, “Imprisonment System” - (including a model of the Tiger Cages), “Vietnam – War and Peace” - ( a photo collection), “International Support”, “War and Peace” - (a collection of children's paintings), and in the museum yard you’ll find an exhibition of weapon used in the Vietnam War (tanks, planes, missiles, helicopters and more).
It is not a museum for everyone – gruesome photos of the My Lai massacre and of victims of napalm bombs and Agent Orange…
Once known as the Museum of American and Chinese War Crimes, its name was changed so as not to offend American and Chinese tourists. Its theme, however, remains intact. Inside you can find "Some Pictures of US Imperialist's Aggressive War Crimes in Vietnam". Despite the rhetoric, this museum is the most popular museum in Saigon with western tourists. Along with many gruesome photographs, the museum displays US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs, infantry weapons and even a guillotine used by the French on pesky Viet Minh "troublemakers". There are pieces on the My Lai massacre and the napalm, Agent Orange and phosphorous bombs used on the Vietnamese. Though certainly not an unbiased representation of events in Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s, the museum is nonetheless successful in driving home the fact that wars are brutal and that civilians are the biggest losers.
See the Vietnamese side of the story and see American brutality in the war. I remembered a picture of an American GI cutting off the head of a Viet Cong soldier midway through and him in fits of laughter. Heart-wrenching pictures on the devastation of war. Absolutely depressing but relevating. This is also possibly one of the few museums in the world that allows you to take photos of the exhibits. Must do if you are in HCMC! (I have forgotten the entry fee, as I have lost the receipt)
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.
Called the War Remnants Museum, this is a worthy visit to see the photographs with dates and statistics of the devastating Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspectives.
The exact figures and statistics displayed may be disputed by the American side but the photographs do tell the story and remind us the horrors of any wars.
Outside the building are left behind American tank, plane, unexploded bomb, etc.
Require less than an hour to see everything. Do not miss.
The motorcycle and taxi drivers often misunderstand which museums to go, so have it written in Vietnamese the name of the different museums you intend to visit to show to your driver.
This museum (once known as Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes) shows the Vietnam War from the other side.
There you can find many captured US weapons, from tanks to bombs, planes... There is also an exhibition of photos about the War, a real size model of some cells of concentration camps...
There are also remnants of the French Colonial era, like guillotines...
There is a great number of photographs and a some additional exhibits illustrating 'Man's Inhumanity ' - the Son My (My Lai) massacre on 16 March 1968, and the effects of napalm and phosphorous. Of course you won't see any displays showing atrocities committed by the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese, they mainly show what Americans did.
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.
This museum featured some of the cruelest chapters in Vietnam War history. Everyone who enters the museum will utterly confuse of who is right & who is wrong when war is breaking out.
Be prepare for pictures that never been shown to public and bring along your own tissue papers. You might need them.
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.
This museum has had several names -- the latest being one that reflects our new economic connections with Vietnam. The earlier name was "War Crimes Museum".
It contains various exhibitions detailing the activities during what the Vietnamese call "The American War". Please see the travelogue for some idea of the exhibits.
This picture is of two of the paintings done by Vietnamese children against war -- they are very moving.
This musem, is certainly worth a visit. It is sobering to view the photo's, the exhibits, and read the narratives.
However, I personally found it a little hard to take the very onesided view that is portrayed here, especially considering that apparently 95% of the material came from the US archives. The musem itself is housed in the old US Intelligence building.
One exhibit caught my eye, A guillitine used last in 1920 I believe.