Vietnam History Museum lies silently on the back of the renowned Hanoi Opera House, at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoi An Kiem District. This museum was built in 1926 under the name Louis Finot Museum by the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient and finish in 1932.The architecture is typical of the of the later French Colonial period that incorporated Vietnamese elements to create a unique and impressive style. After being taken over by Vietnamese Government, the museum changed its official name to Museum of Vietnam History and opened to the public on 3 September 1958.


Although the national museum of Vietnamese is only 2,000m2 in total, it provides a great overview of the history of Vietnam thanks to chronological sequence. The site has two floors, among which Vietnam’s history is divided into 10 different sections, from the prehistoric era to the day when President Ho Chi Minh read out the Declaration of Independence giving birth to Vietnam.

In Vietnam national museum of history preserving more than 7,000 precious objects, some aged thousand years old which represent the cultural diversity of the country. Historic objects exhibited here are not only Vietnamese origin but also consists other culture like China, Japan, Thailand and especially Champ with more than 50 stone-engraved back to 7th-13th centuries. Visitors may have to make full use of imagination as well as sensitivity to understand artifacts and relics exhibited in the museum. This is good chance for you to test your ability to perceive art because the descriptions of the objects are quite sparse that most of them are in Vietnamese and only identify what the object is rather than what is its meaning.

Address: 1 Pham Ngu Lao street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Opening hours: Every day from Monday to Sunday (except Monday of the first week of month and Lunar New Year), from 8:00-12:00 and from 13:30-17:00

Entrance fee: 40,000 (USD 2)