The ho Chi Minh museum is located in a large nuilding right behind the mausoleum and next to the one pillar pagoda.
If you can live with the museum being very political in a communist way then it's actually a really good museum with focus on Ho Chi Minh and his life and struggle for vietnamese independence.
The entry to the museum is just over one US dollar so you will not be ruined by visiting and there are quite a lot of interesting things to see there.
It took me many visits to Hanoi before i finally made it in to the museum but i am happy that i finally made it in there.
As the name says, the Ho Chi Minh Museum is a huge tribute to the country’s father – and his revolutionary cause. It opened in 1990 – celebrating the 100th birthday of HCM. The museum is built in the shape of a white lotus flower, and I was told that the lotus flower is a symbol of HCM's noble character.
The exhibitions are divided into eight topics, starting with the childhood and youth of HCM and ending with the socialist revolution in North Vietnam and the Vietnam War. IMO, the exhibitions about HCM’s later years were the most interesting. There is something special about a museum celebrating the nation’s biggest hero… and HCM is still a big hero! Throughout the museum, we bumped into larger groups of Vietnamese soldiers and school classes, learning about the life of Uncle Ho.
Just when you stepped into the museum, you wil be greeted by Ho Chi Minh statue in the first hall. Here, you will get to know Vietnam better as there are so much of information to be read. The 3rd floor which is the exhibition space is divided into 3 sections :-
1. HCM's life and revolutionary cause and the Vietnamese people's implementaion of His Testament.
2. Land of Vietnam - the struggle and victories of the Vietnamese peole in HCM's era
3. Historical events in the world which impacted on the revolutionary activities of HCM and on the Vietnamese revolution.
Facts about HCM's Museum
*built with the desire of the Vietnamese people
*designed to show their deep gratitude to President's Ho great merits and to express their determination to study and follow His thought, morality and style
* construction was started in 31 Aug 1985 and completed in 19 Mar 1990
Housed in a lotus-shaped structure, this particular Ho Chi Minh Museum (there are several dotted around the country) is located not far from his mausoleum. A large gilded statue of Uncle Ho greets you in the entrance hall and, for me, this was the only interesting exhibit in the museum itself. Don’t expect to be tripping over exhibits from his life as there’s not many with only a few personal items, photos, and documents detailing the rise of the nation's Communist revolution. Expect instead a strange museum that for me was a little ‘out there’ and different to more conventional museums. Don’t get me wrong, you should still visit the museum but just leave your expectations of what you expect to find, behind!
Open: 8-11.30am & 1.30-4pm Tues-Sun. Admission: 15,000 VND.
Not far from Uncle Ho's Mausoleum is the Museum.
This is a well set out, interesting Museum that you need to allow some time to have a good look around.
This is a tribute to Ho Chi Minh's life, where you will find personal items and photos, and details of the Nation's Communist Revolution.
The Museum is four stories high and in the shape of a Lotus flower as a symbol of President Ho's noble character.
Admission 10000dong (2008)
Open from 8 - 11am and 1.30 4.30 pm except Mondays and Fridays.
I visited here on my City tour.
The Ho Chi Minh museum highlights the life of Uncle Ho, his Marxist-influenced thought and his struggle for the people of Vietnam. If you are history-inclined, this is a nice place to catch a glimpse of the life of Ho Chi Minh and how Vietnam has gone through its previously bloody and suffering history to reach where it is now.
A site not to miss in Hanoi, even though it's not air conditioned as well as you'd like, is the Ho Chi Minh museum, which was monumentally hagiographic in a Soviet sort of way, with signs earnestly urging us to live with the morals and humility of Ho. To us, it was often unclear what those words, since most of the text was in Vietnamese with just short summaries in English. I quite enjoyed the tour and I was impressed with the grace our host exhibited when we got to the parts about how Ho defeated the Americans. It could have been quite an awkward moment, but all of us preferred to leave that dispute in the past.
This museum provides you with a lot of information about Vietnam's national hero Ho Chi Minh and his life.
Ho Chi Minh, meaning "Light Bringer", is actually called Nguyen Tat Thanh - but hardly anybody knows or uses his real name. He was born in 1890 as the son of a nationalist civil servant, but left Vietnam at the age of 21 to work as a deckboy on French ships. Living and working in Europe for a long time, he developed political ideas and began to think and write about Vietnamese independence from France. During this time, Ho Chi Minh also learned several languages: English, French, German and Chinese. In 1923, he founded the Revolutionary Youth League of Vietnam, a predecessor of Vietnam's CP. Later, he was sent to jail due to his revolutionary activities and only returned to Vietnam in the 1940s. In August 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam's independence, but he and his Vietminh revolutionaries had to fight against the French colonialists to actually become independent. In 1954, the victory at Dien Bien Phu ended the war and all French troops left the country. Ho Chi Minh became president of North Vietnam until his death in 1969. He did not live to see the Vietnamese victory over US troops only a few years later.
The museum presents aspects of his life and his high moral standards in a somewhat weird exhibition that is hard to understand without a guide or guidebook. Its socialist design makes it even harder... Anyway, you can learn a lot in the exhibition if you take your time deciphering the artworks. Sometimes, extra exhibitions are presented as well. When I was there in 2004, a very interesting exhibition of propaganda posters could be visited, and this time, in 2008, an exhibition about North Korean and Vietnamese friendship was staged. It was very interesting to see the similarities and especially the differences between the two socialist countries.
Entrance fee: 10000VND
Very interesting and definately worth a visit. It displays the life of Uncle Ho from the revolution times to current events in Vietnam. The funny thing I notice is that almost everything and anything that uncle Ho touches becomes an artifact. So be prepared to see the tooth brush used by uncle Ho or a stool sat by him before. Hahahha...
Entrance fee is 10,000 dong
Open times: 800 - 1130 & 1400 - 1600
For 10,000 dong you can find out all the Vietnamese would like you to know about Uncle Ho. The use of personal items, photos, and documents help to piece together the fragments of Ho's life. The exhibit starts at the top of the museum and spirals down to the rise of the nation's communist revolution. English language explanations are provided. The museum is open Tues-Sun 8-11:30am and 1:30-4pm.
This is one of the coolest museums I have visited in Asia. You start at the top of the building and work your way down in a clockwise downward spiral, going from the past historically to the future. The overall feeling is one of going to a modern art exhibit and even if you do not completely understand what you are seeing, the spectacle is no less inspiring. Symbolism abounds but what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding anyway? Just go and shell out the 5000 dong (30 cents).
Ho Chi Minh Museum gives an overview of Vietnam history of the past and looking into the future.
The displays contain innovations of the Vietnamese.
It also exhibits the life of Uncle Ho.