Vietnam Geological Museum is located nearby Hanoi Opera House and just opposite History Museum.
The Geological Museum contains an overview of the geology and geomorphology of Vietnam, and particularly its many areas of mature limestone karst, such as Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha. It’s worth a visit for general interest, but as it is mainly a research institution, the seemingly endless array of rock samples is hardly riveting for a lay person
The Geological Museum was opened in 1914 and there are 3 floors, 12 rooms that composed of three subjects with 12 themes such as: Geological History of Vietnam and our Planet including; The Earth and the Solar System, The Geological Evolution of Vietnam, Mineral Potentiality of Vietnam, Main Geological Processes, Geological Relationship between Vietnam and other countries as so on..
The staff was very helpful and it was open at lunchtime (unlike the history museum), and it contained a wonderful collection of rock and mineral specimens from across Vietnam. Although English descriptions were sparse the rock names were mostly pretty self-explanatory.
If you are a geologist, you should definitely stop by. We also recommend the Geological Museum to anyone who has special interest in geology or just want to see some precious stones and fossils as Rubies, sapphires, garnets and more. You might able to buy with relatively good price comparing with price at other shops.
More information about Vietnam Geological Museum
Address: 6 Pham Ngu Lao street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Opening hours: Every day except for Sunday and Lunar New Year, from 8:00-12:00 and from 13:00-16:30
Entrance fee: Free