Why should you visit Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi?
Why should you visit Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi?
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One of the most important buildings in Hanoi, over the years, Ho Chi Minh Museum has attracted hundreds and thousands of visitors, within and outside of Vietnam. But what exactly makes this museum so interesting?! Let’s find out in this article.
About Ho Chi Minh Museum
Let’s begin with the museum’s history. With its main purpose being a celebration of Ho Chi Minh’s (Vietnam’s most respectable leader) life and success, Ho Chi Minh museum was built in 1985, after Vietnam’s independence in 1975. The museum was built at the same time as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. At the moment, these two buildings are still alongside one another and both became popular tourist destinations.
Why do people visit Ho Chi Minh Museum?
1. A history lesson you’ve never learned before
A lesson learned by other visitors
Despite its intimidating appearance, according to TripAdvisor, a lot of tourists who came to Hanoi had found Ho Chi Minh Museum worthy of their time. Many said they were surprised by how interesting the history was, that they did not know about Uncle Ho’s inspirational image, or that with a helpful tour guide, the museum became the liveliest, most detailed Vietnamese history lesson. Some even commented that they learned more on such trips than at school (which might be an offense to their history teacher)!
The detailed content of the museum
For more details, here’s what you will learn at Ho Chi Minh Museum, according to the museum’s map:
Ho Chi Minh museum exhibitions:
1. Ho Chi Minh’s Birthplace and Family
2. Nghe - Tinh Soviet (Ho Chi Minh in Revolution at Nghe An, Ha Tinh against French colonies, 1930 - 1931)
3. Pac Bo - Tan Trao (Where Ho Chi Minh lived after years abroad and where he led August Revolution to victory)
4. Images of president Ho Chi Minh’s residence & office in Viet Bac Resistance Base area
5. A view of the hall in memory of President Ho Chi Minh’s
6. Group of exhibits portraying Vietnamese people’s 20 years of war for national protection and their complete victory in spring 1975
2. A constantly updating museum
As it is such a vital display of Vietnamese history, Ho Chi Minh Museum is always updating with new artifacts, exhibitions, and events. Here is some information about recent and upcoming exhibitions that you might be interested in:
Recent and upcoming exhibitions (in 2020)
- “Vietnam - Independence” Exhibition (a complete picture of how Vietnam rose to independence in the last 75 years) - From August 2020
- Ho Chi Minh - a portrait (stories from youth to the leadership of Ho Chi Minh president) - From May 2020
- Ho Chi Minh life and career - a new exhibition in Hanoi, in collaboration with the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institution, Isreal - From 2021
3. Enjoy a green environment
About outdoor space
At Ho Chi Minh Museum, you can also enjoy a large, green space, which is rarely seen in big cities such as Hanoi. The museum’s surrounding outdoor space includes a green garden, well kept and cleaned, with a very beautiful small. This is a commemoration of Ho Chi Minh president’s living space, for he is famously a nature lover. In the visitors’ opinion, this is a great inclusion and was their favorite part of the place.
Speaking of outdoor, how about exterior architecture? Since its construction was assisted by the Russian Soviets, the museum was adorned with very typical Soviet architecture. With its 4 sections above, the building resembles a blooming lotus flower, a reminder of Ho Chi Minh’s hometown, “Lotus Village”.
4. Have a culture and history tour all in one day!
Interesting destinations nearby Ho Chi Minh museum
Many thought Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are the same or at least similar. It is a common misunderstanding, for these buildings are distinct, but very close to one another.
Besides the Mausoleum, the museum is also nearby other must-see locations such as the Presidential Palace, and One Pillar Pagoda. Additionally, the opposite of the museum is a popular local market - Ngoc Ha Market, which promises to be less crowded than Dong Xuan Market, with similar goods. So don’t forget to include Ho Chi Minh Museum in a full culture and history day tour, it is a must-visit!
Keep in mind these things when you visit Ho Chi Minh Museum
1. How can you get there?
Ho Chi Minh Museum is located at number 19 Ngoc Ha street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. You can arrive at the museum by taxi, motorbike (around 15 minutes from West Lake), or by bus number 09, 14, 33, 45.
2. Prices and opening hours
At the moment, the entrance fee to Ho Chi Minh Museum is 40.000 VND/ ticket for foreign visitors and free for Vietnamese visitors. Additionally, disabled visitors are free of charge and organized groups should contact the museum (+02438455435) for more information.
According to their website, Ho Chi Minh Museum opening hours are from 8 a.m to 11:30 a.m on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The museum closes on Monday and Friday.
3. Hire a tour guide
Why a museum tour guide?
Ho Chi Minh Museum, although very informative, can also be highly confusing if you’re not Vietnamese. The museum is large with many artifacts and many texts. Therefore, a tour guide, who can help you connect everything and understand the whole story, is the perfect addition!
Where can you get a tour guide?
Lucky for you, it is super easy to get an excellent Ho Chi Minh Museum tour guide. You can call their hotline +02438455435 to book ahead or book a guide at the museum information center. The service is completely free and is available in many languages. However, as the number of tour guides can be limited, it is highly recommended that you book ahead as soon as possible.
4. Rules when visiting the museum code.
For example, you should not wear shorts, skirts and remember to take your hats off once inside.
Can you bring cameras to Ho Chi Minh Museum?
Regarding bags and cameras, all visitors will have to deposit their suitcase-like bags before entering the building (small bags are alright) and cameras cannot be used without official permission. So it’s probably not the best idea to visit the museum right after landing and remember to contact the officials before doing a
Now that you know, Ho Chi Minh Museum is not just about Uncle Ho. It is a great place to learn, explore, and even become interested in any photoshoots.
Vietnam History. Put it on your go-to list and surprise yourself with a craving for knowledge!
3. Normal museum rules
Similar to any other museums in the world, at Ho Chi Minh Museum, you need to be polite, stay in line, respect elders, and don’t touch artifacts! Specifically, this museum was built in memory of war remnants and a great Vietnamese leader. Therefore, visitors should also be respectful of this purpose and have an appropriate dress