Top attractive museums in Hanoi

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Top attractive museums in Hanoi
Top attractive museums in Hanoi

As a capital of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history, Hanoi has many attractive museums that tourists should not ignore.

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum

Designed by Soviet architects with a shape said to represent the lotus flower, Ho Chi Minh Museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of the revolutionary leader. Inaugurated in 1990, on what would have been his 100th birthday, the museum depicts Ho Chi Minh’s epic struggle for the liberation of Vietnam from imperial powers.

Opening Times: Mon 08:00-12:00, Tue-Thu 08:00-16:30, Fri 08:00-12:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-16:30.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Covering 54 ethnic tribes that live throughout Vietnam, this museum houses an enormous collection of artefacts including clothing, jewellery and musical instruments. Most strikingly, the grounds feature examples of Tay and Yao stilt houses, as well as an Ede long house and a Garai traditional tomb. There are also many extraordinary photos to be found at this attractive museum.

Opening Times: Tue-Sun 08:30-17:30.

Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum
Fine Arts Museum

Housed in a French colonial house from 1930s, this impressive building explores art from the prehistory to the present day. Examples of socialist realist paintings that show peasants striking patriotic poses are of particular interest, while there are also sculptures of the ancient Cham, beautiful oil-and-silk paintings, and precious artworks from Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.

Opening Times: Tue-Sun 08:30-17:00.

Vietnam Military History Museum

Vietnam Military History Museum
Vietnam Military History Museum
Housing an array of military memorabilia, this is one of the most attractive museums in Hanoi. The grounds include old planes, tanks, a Huey helicopter and a wrecked B-52, while there’s plenty of detail on the long fight for independence, plus the war between the North, South and USA that ran until 1975.
Opening Times: Tues-Thurs, Sat-Sun 08:00-11:30 and 13:00-16:30.