Located in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi, the Vietnam Museum of Revolution contains over 40,000 exhibits across 30 galleries covering the country’s history of conflict and revolution from the French colonial occupation in the 19th century onwards, and forms part of the Vietnam National Museum.
The content of the museum is divided into three parts, 1858-1945, 1945-1975, and 1975-present, which correspond with the French colonialism period, the American War (Vietnam War) period and the post-war period. Exhibits include historical photos and documents, weapons and flags used by revolutionaries, propaganda posters, statues of Ho Chi Minh and other revolutionary figures, and even gifts from the Vietnamese people and people from other countries to Ho Chi Minh and the Communist government.
A number of sightseeing tours feature a stop at the Vietnam National Museum, along with other top attractions such as Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Or experience Hanoi like a local on a motorbike tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Admission also covers entry to the Vietnam National Museum of History across the street.
- There is an extra fee to take photos or videos inside the museum.
- Bags must be stored at the entrance; lockers are available.
- It’s best to view the exhibits in order, starting with the first room.
- Those who have some historical background knowledge will appreciate the museum more.
How to Get There
The Vietnam Museum of Revolution is located in the Hoan Kiem district, close to the Opera House. It can be reached by walking from the Old Quarter, or it’s an easy taxi ride from elsewhere. It can also be reached by bus 2, 3, or 4.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day, except the first Monday of each month. There is a break for lunch, so plan your visit accordingly. Expect to spend an hour here, longer if you are very interested in the subject matter. Allot more time if you plan to visit the Vietnam National Museum of History as well.
History of the Building
The museum is housed in a yellow, colonial-style building that once housed the Indo-China Chamber of Commerce, built by the French in 1917. It later housed the Trade Department of Vietnam. The museum itself opened in 1959.