Although the museum 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 here 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, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Location: 1 km from Hoan Kiem Lake
Entrance fee: 20,000 VND
Opening time: AM: From 8h00 to 12h00
PM: From 13h30 to 17h every day of the week from Monday to Sunday.
* Note: Museum closed Monday the first week of the month.
Highlight: collection of bronze drums from the Dong Son civilisation