Welcome to Vietnam and immerse yourself in not only the heart touching natural landscape but also a long history of both losses and glories. Experience over 1,000 years of colonization, Vietnam has made its name for a heroic country that fought against many foreign invaders. If you are interested in Vietnamese history, head to the well-known National Museum of Vietnamese history to gain a first-hand experience of the unique value of Vietnam’s history and culture.
Constructed between 1925 and 1932, National Museum of Vietnamese History sits at the back of the famous Hanoi Opera House which is at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District. The Museum used to be called Louis Finot Museum and has changed its name into National Museum of Vietnamese History.
The museum’s highlights
The museum is a perfect combination Chinese and French design style. It is a two-floor building with 10 separate sections representing a long history from prehistoric time to the time that Vietnam regained independence and sovereignty of 1945. The ground floor fully reflected the ancient Vietnamese history dating back even 10,000 BC with household devices, jewellery and tools. What’s more, there exists a broad collection of bronze drums belonging to the ancient the Dong Son culture, excavations of Han tombs as well as Hindu statuary from the Khmer and Champa kingdoms.
One of the highlight of the museum is that the upstairs exhibits unique bronze sculptures that reflect simple and rustic life in the countryside. Historic objects here originate from not only Vietnam but other cultures including China, Thailand and Japan. Therefore, take advantage of this opportunity to gain an insight into artifacts as well as relics represented in the museum.
Opening hour of National Museum of Vietnamese History is from 8:00 to 16:30 and the museum closes on the first Monday of the month.