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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Museum of History

Located in the heart of Hanoi, the National Museum of Vietnamese History is one of the most fascinating museums all over Vietnam.

The museum is housed in an old building of French colonial rule. Built in 1926 and completed in 1932, the building then served as the Far East Research Institute (Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient). In 1958, it was taken over by Vietnam Government and turned into the Vietnamese History Museum, officially opened on 3 September that year.



The museum was designed by the French architect Ernest Hébrard. Its gorgeous architecture represents a successful blend of traditional Vietnamese palaces and French villas. Its ochre color, double walls and balconies describes the elegant charm of many colonial buildings remaining in Hanoi.

The museum vividly depicts almost all chapters in Vietnamese history from the prehistory (around 300,000 years ago) to the August Revolution in 1945. It covers a spacious area of over 2,200 m2 with nearly a hundred thousand of artifacts on display.
Specifically, there are rich collections of rare and valuable ceramics and tools belonging to the ancient cultures of Hoa Binh- Bac Son and Dong Son. The museum also houses more than 50 sets of Champa stone sculptures, an abundance of Vietnamese bronze items and some thrones of the old dynasties. Over the past few years, it has been frequently supplemented with newly discovered items from Central and South Vietnam, notably from a shipwreck near Cu Lao Cham Island. The museum has also actively taken part in the exchange and cooperation with other museums in Asia and Europe.