Vietnam Military History Museum is located in the south west corner of the Hanoi Citadel. It is in the front garden and overlook to a statue of Lenin on the other side of the road.
The main exhibition displays events during the war against the French colonists from the 1930 uprising to the victory at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The American War is described in a separate exhibition stall.
The Vietnam military museum itself has many displays of hardware and pictures from various historical wars, not just the Vietnam War. There is also video presentation of the war at a theatre room on the upstairs.
Apart from a strong propaganda element, the rare photographs and video images of Ho Chi Minh, the legendary General Giap, the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the Ho Chi Minh Trail make your visit a valued experience for military history buffs as well as those simply interested in seeing the Vietnamese side of the conflict.
We recommend you have a guide to assist with language and interpretation. A bonus is an opportunity to ascend the Cot Co Watch Tower adjacent to the museum. Apart from being of considerable interest as one of the few remains of Emperor Gia Long’s mighty edifice, the view from the top includes the whole Citadel area and its surroundings.
You should spend a good 2 hours here to take everything in and don’t miss out on the Chinook helicopter hidden away towards the back of Hanoi military history museum.
More information about Vietnam Military History Museum
Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu street, Ba Đinh district, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Opening hours: Every day except for Monday and Friday, from 8:00-11:30 and from 13:00-16:30 (except Lunar New Year)
Entrance fee: 40,000 (USD 2)