Vietnam’s must-see museums

Vietnamese history is far from straightforward. There have been many legends, many invasions, and many shifts, that’s why it’s helpful to have a hand in deciphering it all. Vietnam’s museums are the perfect starting point for any traveler looking to understand the destination better. Go deeper to understand a specific chapter of the country’s history, or to get to know a singular aspect of its colorful culture. Here is a list of excellent museums dedicated to the Vietnamese and their way of life.

Northern Vietnam

Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Just a few minutes south of Hanoi’s Sword Lake, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a testament to the vital role women play in local history and culture. Vietnamese women have long held their ground in society and the museum celebrates this with themed exhibitions and interactive displays. Highlights include a floor of traditional attire from ethnic minority groups and another detailing stories of the women who fought for Vietnam on and off the battlefield.

Mission and History – Bảo tàng Phụ nữ Việt Nam

                    Admission: 40,000 VND
                    Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
                    Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Museum of Ethnology

The Museum of Ethnology offers a fresh and comprehensive exploration of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. The main hall showcases each ethnicity’s traditional clothing, household, musical instruments, tools, and treasured artifacts. The outdoor exhibits contain replicas of full-scale ethnic minority houses, and the second wing is dedicated exclusively to the artwork of Southeast Asian cultures.

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                        Admission: 40,000 VND
                        Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, closed Mondays
                        Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay, Hanoi

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Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum

Originally a school for the daughters of Indochinese officials in the 1930s, this pale pink building has been transformed into the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum. Home to over 2,000 works in multiple mediums, the museum is a chronological look at the techniques and imaginings of Vietnamese artists before and throughout the 20th century. Located across the street from the Temple of Literature, and another 10-minute walk to the Thang Long Citadel, this museum is an excellent stop on a Hanoi excursion.

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                      Admission: 40,000VND
                      Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily, closed Mondays
                      Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Located behind national hero Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place, this impressive museum is dedicated to the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. The museum’s main exhibition hall was developed by students of the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi and takes visitors on a journey through Ho Chi Minh’s life. Surreal installations and elaborate artwork depict his legacy, from rural Vietnam to revolution.

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                    Admission: 40,000VND
                    Hours: 8:00 am to noon daily, 2:00 pm to 4.30 pm Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
                    Address: 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Central Vietnam

Cham Museum of Sculpture

Built-in 1915 by the French School of the Far East, the Cham Museum of Sculpture in Da Nang houses the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the world. The school’s archaeology department collaborated with two French architects to design a building inspired by this once-mighty empire in Vietnam. Statues and carvings of sacred deities are everywhere, with sections in sandstone, terracotta, and bronze.

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                      Admission: 40,000VND
                      Hours: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
                      Address: 1 Trung Nu Vuong, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Oceanographic Museum

Just outside of Nha Trang city, an old colonial manor has been refurbished to preserve an extensive national collection of marine life. The first floor of the Oceanographic Museum teems with aquariums full of incredible critters and upstairs is the preserved collection featuring specimens and skeletons. You’ll also find exhibitions on the development of marine research technology, natural coastal disasters, as well as fishing culture in Vietnam.

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                              Admission: 30,000VND
                              Hours: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
                              Address: 1 Cau Da, Nha Trang

World Coffee Museum

Coffee fiends can get their morning buzz with a bit of history at the new World Coffee Museum in Buon Ma Thuot City. The capital of Dak Lak Province is also the largest coffee grower and exporter in the country. Founded as one of Vietnam’s leading coffee producers, the museum’s design was inspired by the Nha Dai homes of the Ede ethnic group. The collection features over 10,000 coffee artifacts from around the world.

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                             Admission: 75,000VND
                             Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Mondays
                             Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Tan Loi, Buon Ma Thuot

Dak Lak Museum of Ethnology

The Dak Lak Museum of Ethnology is a must-visit stop if you find yourself in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Featuring impressive exhibits on the Ede, M’Nong, and Jarai people, including scale models of traditional architecture, this museum is an excellent primer on the nature, culture, and history of Buon Ma Thuot. Showcasing thousands of artifacts and images, the museum stands on the grounds of one of Emperor Bao Dai’s palaces.

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                    Admission: 30,000VND
                    Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily, closed Mondays
                    Address: 12 Le Duan, Tu An, Buon Ma Thuot

Southern Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts

Located in the former home of a wealthy Chinese merchant family, the Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts is a stunning example of Indochine-era architecture and is home to a wide range of valued works. The first floor features a rotating exhibition, while upstairs there are sections for statues, lacquerware, and traditional woodcut prints, and many rooms dedicated to traditional and contemporary Vietnamese art


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                    Admission: 10,000 VND
                    Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, closed Mondays
                    Address: 97A Duc Chinh, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO Museum) recreates an ancient apothecary, complete with medicinal herbs, roots, and other products. Vietnamese traditional medicine has an extensive history and the museum’s collection includes over 3,000 artifacts, some dating as far back as the Stone Age. Come here to learn how herbal remedies have been actively used in Vietnam for millennia and how these traditions still feature in Vietnamese daily life.

Khám phá Bảo tàng Y học cổ truyền Việt Nam
                                                                                                               Cre: Báo Ảnh Việt Nam
Khám phá Bảo tàng Y học cổ truyền Việt Nam
                                                                                                   Cre: Báo Ảnh Việt Nam

                   Admission: 120,000 VND
                   Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
                   Address: 41 Hoang Du Khuong, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum

The most-visited museum in Ho Chi Minh City, the War Remnants Museum tackles Vietnam’s most turbulent years with perspectives from both sides of the fighting. Insightful and emotional exhibitions illuminate the reality of Vietnam’s war-torn history and its consequences. This balance is achieved through modern interpretations, including photojournalism, and heart-wrenching artifacts.

war remnants museum

                    Admission: 40,000VND
                    Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily
                    Address: 28, Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City


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