This local museum, which explores the life of Vietnam’s famous leader from the early 1940s until his death in 1979, is housed in a modern-style white concrete building in the heart of Hanoi. Travelers can explore well-lit halls decorated with artifacts from Ho Chi Minh’s past, including family photos and historical documents.
Some argue displays serve more as tools for propaganda than for education, but a trip to the Ho Chi Minh Museum still offers travelers a glimpse of the past, as well as a chance to experience how the Vietnamese tell their story. English-speaking guides are available for a small fee and visitors agree they are worth the price, as display translations are limited.
Ho Chi Minh Museum is located at the end of Chua Mot Cot near Ngoc Ha and adjacent to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It is accessible via the 91, 93 and 18A buses. The museum is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day of the week; except Monday and Friday, when it is open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is about VND 15,000.