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 custom trip planner, Ho Chi Minh City Edition.
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  • It's nice but I prefer by large the undepedence museum. A nice museum to do on a free afternoon. Cheaper than the palace with a 30000 entry fee.  more »
  • With so many other museums being pushed to the fore we almost didn't bother but given the super cheap tickets we nipped in for a quick look and stayed a while. Nice to see different elements explored ...  more »
  • With just 15,000 dong, you are able to explore and learn about the city's history. If I am not mistaken, the exhibits are done in chronological order. The museum does need renovation and perhaps more ...  more »
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  • Awesome exhibition. Definitely worth a visit when coming to HCM City! It tells the story of how Vietnam became what it is today. Growing up in a different country than my parents, this visit felt very special. I can totally recommend. There is also a little souvenir shop ran by a very friendly lady.
  • I've been in worse museums, but this was not expected. I wanted this to be amazing, and from the outside it certainly looked it! It's got nearly a whole floor dedicated to 'killing americans' in the war, but I wanted more from the Vietnamese long and rich history. The ground floor starts well and has some history of Saigon/HCM but not much detail. Incredibly cheap entry though.
  • This place is great for the entire family. Has many corner for youngsters to post on FB and info for adults to learn. Plenty of bathrooms as well. This museum contains truly historic artifacts and architectures.
  • A comprehensive museum with exhibits from local geology, sea trade, monetary systems, industrialization, politics, wars and recent economic developments. Also some tacky displays of military aircraft and a tank outside. Easy motorcycle parking inside the gate. Good exhibits with a lot of information but the condition of the building needs some attention. Worth the visit.
  • This museum has a wealth of information about how Ho Chi Minh city evolved to be the city it is today. There are exhibits to go along with the story of the city, and you can follow the story from start to end by sticking with the designated route laid out inside the museum.

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Ho Chi Minh City absorbs all kinds of travelers, from the swarms of young backpackers on tight budgets to traveling businesspeople and luxury experience seekers. District 1 is the place to stay for proximity to sights, nightlife, and restaurants. Hostels around Pham Ngu Lao draw backpackers looking for the basics, small bed and breakfasts offer quieter and more private options for just a slightly higher price, and smart mid-range and luxury hotels provide immaculate service and indoor spas and pools.
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