The fascinating history of Ho Chi Minh City is there to remember with the wide-ranging museums throughout this city. Whether it is an interest in fine art or the past conflicts, there are several museums that are well worth including on the travel itinerary organized by a local Vietnam tour operator.
Museum of Vietnamese History
A must-see attraction in the city, the Museum of Vietnamese History is located in District 1 and houses a wide range of ancient artefacts that tell stories of past life in Indochina. A great attraction on the sightseeing tour, this museum spans a total area of 2000 square metres and includes items from Vietnam’s ethnic minorities as well as many other items of ethnological and cultural significance.
Fine Arts Museum
A visit to the Fine Arts Museum is perfect for the tourist interested in a real cultural experience. This museum has artwork from early King Generations to the present, an early wooden elevator of Saigon, and numerous ancient relics. The museum houses an impressive selection of art with contemporary and modern pieces with plenty inspired by past conflicts. Other artefacts on display date back to the 4th century.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Ho Chi Minh Museum is a short distance from the waterfront and housed in a former customs house. Ho Chi Minh started his journey in this building which helped to change Vietnam. The museum has a variety of Ho Chi Minh’s personal items, including his spectacles, sandals and clothing. Plus, there a plenty of photographs that capture his life from childhood to his death in 1969.
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular cultural places to visit while visiting Ho Chi Minh City. It contains many aspects of past conflicts, including not only past artefacts, but also displays, including the torture methods applied to POW. Plus, there is a section dedicated to the chemical Agent Orange and the devastating impact it had during the war.
The FITO Museum houses artefacts and information related to the early history of Vietnamese medicine. It showcases nearly 3000 medical related items that date as far back as the Stone Age. Also, there is the more up-to-date and traditional Vietnamese medicine for visitors to view. Visitors can view a short documentary film that highlights the history of the Vietnamese medicine. The actual museum is a blend of modern and traditional architecture with a total of 18 exhibition rooms to explore.
The Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City has on display a fascinating collection of historical jewelery and fashion items. There is plenty of information related to the struggles and roles of local women throughout history, as well as the Vietnamese culture. Plus, there is a section related to the role of the women during the revolution.
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum (formally known as Gia Long Palace) is a further fascinating place to visit on the city tour planned by a Vietnam travel company. It displays mainly photographic material and some archaeological evidence related to the Vietnamese resistance against the Americans and French. Also, the gardens have a few items of military hardware.