War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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War Remnants Museum delivers a somber account of the horrors of the Vietnam War and other wars of colonialist aggression that have plagued the Vietnamese people. The museum's exhibits may contain a heavy dose of one-sided anti-American sentiment, but they well represent residual American--and other foreign--weaponry and the destruction it wreaked. Look for the French guillotine used to execute prisoners and for the unexploded ordnance stored in a corner of the yard. With our online itinerary creator, Ho Chi Minh City attractions like War Remnants Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • So much to learn on all sides of any story. Glad I visited. Easy walk in the district 1 and worth the effort.  more »
  • I definitely wanted to pay a visit here and found myself spending more time than I originally figured I needed. I, along with countless others read every single exhibit description / picture descripti...  more »
  • Well worth the experience. The agent Ora nge part is not for the faint of heart. Gives a true insight into the war from the prospective of mainly the Vietnamese but it must have terrible for both side...  more »
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  • A must visit in Ho Chi Minh city. Entrance cost 40 000 dong. The museum shows numerous photographs from the War, and stories behind the scene. The section with Agent Orange consequences is the most touching. There is exhibition of forth generation kids suffering from dioxin illness. You can buy some souvenir made from those kids. Outside building there are war airplanes.
  • This is hard. You don't leave this museum smiling, and that's how it should be, but just fair warning. Also, for Americans and French tourists, remember that this is their history too and then can choose the phrasing as they please. Reading the other side of the history is important to balance what is taught or often not taught in the West, but fair warning that it is referred to as the War of US Aggression, and intentional phrasing could come off as inflammatory if you or your family served in the military. Much of this museum tells an unbiased perspective of the War, through photography of both sides of combat, and for any war or notable military buff the vehicles and weapons saved here are in excellent condition and very interesting. Remember, it's hard, but call it your duty to go and see, it's a part of world history and should not be forgotten so we may remember to avoid future war.
  • A full on experience, but one that you should have. This country's history has been shaped by repeated wars, many instigated by outside powers with ulterior motives and little regard for the Vietnamese people. The themes of the museum and the exhibits are confronting, but history sometimes needs to be confronting and make us feel uncomfortable. It's true what others said about how there could be more contextual information and perspectives given, but it should also be incumbent upon the visitor to conduct some independent research and reading into the history of this place. If you're not too knowledgeable about it going in, you'll certainly come out wanting to know more. The photographic exhibition is particularly interesting and presents all points of view (including American).
  • In this museum you can find the story of the Vietnam war mostly spread out over about 10 rooms. It consists of mainly pictures on the walls along with alot of texts. What happened is horrible and I think it is good to take a second to think about. That said I didn't like the presentation. A lot of focus was on all the damage done and the weaponry that was used. What I personally really missed was a red line in the story and more explanation on how the war started, developed and ended. After stepping out I still didn't feel I learned a lot about what happened and how except that it was all horrible. For this reason I would not say it's a must visit. I hope this museum can become more accessible in the future.
  • Hard to walk through. It's an emotional experience like the World War 2 museum in DC. Not much in a historical order which is slightly annoying, but it's still powerful. I wish there was more historical context to understand the warring sides and the impact here in comparison to the bordering countries as well. But it still gave so much insight. I think the Effects of Agent Orange exhibit is a bit too disturbing and can be passed through quickly or avoided completely and still get a full experience. It's upsetting that people who are victims walk around this museum asking for money. I can't write much more about that before getting into a long discussion on my thoughts. But just be forewarned they are there
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