This museum was interesting and not as disturbing as the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh. The most memorable part were the wrecked tanks and military vehicles placed outside. A huge heap of wreckage contained the remains of a shot down American B-52 bomber, a US F111 Aardvark bomber and a French transport plane.
The centrepiece of the outside exhibits is this huge pyramid that has been put together by an artist out of the wreckage of a B-52, F-111 and a French transport plane - all of which were shot down. At the centre is a billboard-sized photographic blow up of a female Viet Cong soldier dragging the wing of an American plane across the beach - it's sort of 'pop art' meets 'socialist realism' and the whole effect is graphically dynamic and strangely resonant.
Open: 8-11.30am & 1.30-4.30pm every day except Friday & Monday. Admission: 20,000 VND
A real man’s museum, this one. Also known as, simply, the Army Museum, it’s full of boy’s toys that were used in the wars against the French and Americans and epitomizes Vietnam’s struggle against colonial powers. The museum is arranged in a series of galleries that start with the period of Chinese colonisation, through to the French period, and then on to the American War and more recent skirmishes. The displays are generally well done and sometimes fascinating with more than the usual collection of guns, spears, and ammo, as well as a good deal of photojournalism and historical background provided in English. However, it’s the outdoor exhibits that really define this museum with aircraft, tanks, bombs, and big guns, some with signs indicating just how many of which enemy the piece took out. There's a tank belonging to the troops that crashed through the Presidential Palace gates on April 30, 1975, Vietnamese Liberation Day. There’s also plenty of downed French and U.S. aircraft wreckage, just to add to the nationalistic pride. The centrepiece is a huge pyramid that has been put together by an artist out of the wreckage of a B-52, F-111 and a French transport plane - all of which were shot down.
Open: 8-11.30am & 1.30-4.30pm every day except Friday & Monday. Admission: 20,000 VND.
This is a fascinating look into the way the Vietnamese have defended their country against foreign invaders. The focus is on Resistance Wars of the Ho Chi Minh era. The wreckage strewn about makes it seem like a war zone in places and gives a good perspective. The collection inside the museum is thought provoking to say the least. When we arrived, a young man offered to be our guide for a small 'tip'. He seemed nice enough so we agreed and proceeded to be bored to tears for the better part of an hour. The fact that he was a 'close talker' didn't help matters...very uncomfortable to have someone so in your space! He was however, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and obviously proud of his country, which is always good to see. He was very thorough in his tour and was able to answer every question that we put to him. From what I understood, he works here purely for tips and it is how he is supporting himself through university. I felt that we made the right decision all in all. we learned things that we would not have on our own. If you are approached by one of these guides, do consider using them. Just make sure they are wearing ID.
Alongside of the museum is the Flag Tower, built from 1805 to 1812. If you climb to the top of the tower there are fabulous views.
Open 8am-11.30am & 1pm-4.30pm
Closed Monday and Friday
As a tourist the Vietnam Military History Museum is a must go visit. It offers the history of Vietnam people military army defending the nation against foreign invaders. The museum covers the war against the Chinese, the French colonist and the American War.
Inside the museum there are military displays showing the Ho Chi Minh Resistance Wars. Other displays are military maps, captured military arsenal, bicycles carrying heavy weapons, photograph of captured American pilot, photograph of battles and Ho Chi Minh. Also written document on Ho Chi Minh philosophy thought and his future vision on Vietnam.
Also inside you will find T54 B No 843 the famous tank that burst through the gates and seizure of the Saigon Presidential Palace in April 1975.
Outside in the open air display the main attraction is a pile of wreckage from US B52 bomber with photo of female guerrilla fighter dragging the wing. Also captured US helicopter, plane from the US Air Force and Navy. Other assortment of military arsenal including canons, Soviet built Mig fighter jet, tanks, anti aircraft missiles and others.
Near the Army Museum there is a Flag Tower, also called Cot Co, visitor can climb the tower and admire the views of the city.
By visiting the museum now at least I know the other side version of the Vietnam War or they call it the American War.
Open: Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday and Sunday. Close: Monday and Friday.
Operation hours: 08.00 - 11.30, 13.00 - 16.30.
Cost 20,000 VND
Price of admission is 20,000 VND and 5,000 VND to use a camera. Opening hours are; 8-00am to 11-30am, 1-00pm to 4-30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. (Closed on Monday and Friday).
Vietnam has been in war for god know how long, fighting with the cham, khmer, the chinese, french and american. This is quite a good place to see some of the artifects collected as well as war left over such as a wrecked up B-52.
This museum, housed in a magnificent and large two-story white building, is the most popular museum in Hanoi for tourists. Throughout this museum, you will learn about the history of warfare in Vietnam from the 1930s to today, focusing mainly on the French and American eras ('50s-'70s). There are weapons, tanks, photographs, and many gifts from countries supporting North Vietnam during the wars. There is also one great hall filled with dioramas displaying various battle scenes.
Outside of the building we saw a MiG 21 fighter jet, anti-aircraft guns, plus wreckage from several American and French planes piled against a tree. I noticed debris of one US Navy airplane had he name LT Greene painted under the canopy; I wonder what became of him after he was shot down?
Lenin Park, with a statue of Vladimir Lenin, is across the street from the Army Museum.
Cot Co Flag Tower was built by the French as an observation tower in 1812. This is one of the few old architectural gems to survive the French and American wars in Vietnam. The tower has three platforms with somewhat of a maze of easily dependable passages leading to the spiral stairs of the tower. Cot Co Tower has the best view of central Hanoi.
The Vietnam Military Museum is a must for anyone who is interested in history. This museum is interesting in that it covers Vietnam's history of defending itself from foreign invaders over 4,000 years. In this context the war involving the US and its allies can be viewed as only one battle the Vietnamese fought to maintain their independence. Resistance to the French is depicted as another struggle. It is also interesting to conjecture after having been to this museum that given their past successes in defending Vietnam there was little likelihood that they would lose.
There are 10 display areas/rooms as well as an open air display with various tanks etc and a "monument" honouring those who have defended Vietnam.
Note that there is a "lunch break" from 11.30-13.00pm when the museum is closed and it is not open on Mondays and Fridays
If you are interested to know about the history of the war and the soldiers, you can visit the Army Museum.
The Army Museum gives an overview of maps, photos and scale models of the Vietnamese war against China, French and USA invasions.
This museum displays the history of warfare in Vietnam from the 1930s through to the present. The main focus is on the French and American eras. The museum possesses a number of weapons, tanks, photographs, and many gifts from countries supporting North Vietnam during the wars. There is a great hall filled with dioramas displaying various battle scenes.
Outside of the building we there is a MiG 21 fighter jet that had a number of "victory stars" painted on the side for shooting down other planes. The tank there is the tank that first crashed through the gates of the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace in 1975 You can also see wreckage from an American F111 and several French planes.
Next to the Army Museum is the hexagonal Flag Tower, which is one of the symbols of Hanoi.
Army Museum Is a national museum established in June 1959, was relies and trophies review the great periods of the armed struggle of the Vietnamese people. The museum holds the tank that burst through the gates in Saigon during the battle for liberation. There is also the usual assortment of military waste including a Mig fighter, anti aircraft missiles, tanks, an impressive pile of wreckage from a US B52 bomber and a French prop driven plane that were both shot down in the Hanoi area. Admission fee.
Beside the Army Museum there is a 59 m high ancient flag tower (Hanoi Flag Tower, also called Cot Co),that marks the tallest point in Hanoi displaying the flag of the united Vietnam. From here, there are unbeatable panoramic views of the city. Watch your head on the climb up though. The flag tower was once part of the Hanoi Citadel built in 1812.
The Army Museum is a facinating visit, especially for those interested in the Vietnam War. You'll find all kinds of military weaponry from French occupation on thru the Vietnam War(or American War, depending on your persective).
Visiting the Army Museum gives you an interesting view of the war from a Vietnamese perspective. Right or wrong, it's still a significant reminder that there's always two sides to every story.