Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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Learn more about the city at Ho Chi Minh City Museum, a neoclassical museum with historical exhibitions and archeological artifacts. Built in 1885, the structure was originally operated as the Gia Long Palace. After taking in the building's architecture, head inside to see displays about local independence, city maps, and artwork. Below the museum lies a system of concrete bunkers where President Diem and his brother hid out in 1963. After touring inside, check out the American-built fighter jet used to bomb the presidential palace in 1975, which is exhibited in the museum's gardens. Ho Chi Minh City Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Ho Chi Minh City Edition.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Best of the museums I have been to here. Cheap entry. Good English displays. Does not take long to see. Worth a look. No air con. No wifi.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a great place to go a see a snippet of the history of this city. It was good as it wasn't too big that our child lost interest and was about many things not just the war. I really liked this p...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is a definite must to visit. I am not a fan of museums but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. My 19 year old son sure did. From military armored trucks, t...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Pretty good, on the 2nd floor there is a lot of great stuff from the war, outside there's also some pretty cool jets and helicopters. It's only a dollar to get in so if you're around you might as well have a quick look in.
  • May 17, 2017
    Really interesting place, especially if you are interested in Vietnamese history but think the war remnants museum might be too hardcore. Downstairs is more non-political history, artefacts of stuff like music, theatre, invention and production. Upstairs is a lot of historical info about the Vietnam war, there's one section dedicated to the north and one to the south. Really recommend this museum for some overall info about Vietnam.
  • May 29, 2017
    This place is quite dark. The exhibits are not managed accordingly and dusty. The only interesting items are currencies during French occupation. However they are not in the mint state.
  • June 13, 2017
    Worth visiting when you stay near bay. It is full of exponats but relatively boring. Not so many turists which is good.
  • July 4, 2017
    Very informative and interesting collection covering the development of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and the country of Vietnam. Well worth a visit.

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