War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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#1 of 115 in Museums in Vietnam
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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  • Outside the library there are aircraft, transport machines and tanks and other realities for visitors to take pictures. The museum has a history of war photos with a number of weapons display, together with the text guide can clearly know when the battle of the war and the legacy of the problem. War is cruel, not the victorious or defeated country. The recommended photo Display section can actually show the fear and pain of the process.
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  • Don't miss the opportunity to see this museum. Spread over 3 floors and outside there is US equipment from the war.  more »
  • Visit here, you can find how the cruelty of Vietnam's war. See it, you will love the Peace, luckily when we live in peace.  more »
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  • Fantastic museum showcasing the horrors and reality of war. A must see for tourists and locals alike to remind us of the atrocities humankind are capable off during war times. The torture area (12) was shocking and brutal to see how people were treated, may not be for the light hearted but informative none the less. Also there's loads of bats living in the roof which was fascinating to see. The courtyard is compiled of many weapons from fighter jets to artillery units and blurbs on the uses of each. Gives a great sense of perspective to range and munitions types used. The main gallery is a few floors worth of galleries and showcases several displays. Agent Orange was truly terrifying and it also displays unbiased views of the aftermath. Entry was 15,000 for tourists and I believe 4,000 for locals.
  • Great museum. Not for everyone though. It is very heavy and some of the imagery might put off some people. Regardless, it tells a story which is very sad and inspiring at the same time. The only criticism I have is the time line jumps around as you move through the different halls. It would help if you have an understanding of the history. This I think would help.
  • This place will consume an entire day if you wish to do it intensely so plan accordingly! There is a lunch break from 12-1 or 1-2 pm I can't recall precisely! So plan accordingly! Rest I would say you would feel touched when you come out! You must already be loving Vietnamese people but your appreciation will increase more after this!
  • If there's one thing you do in Vietnam you have to come here. We walked around every single photo and artefact in silence, horrified by the atrocities and destruction of lives (even up to and beyond today!!). Allow a solid 3-4 hours to see everything (less than 2 hours and you'll miss the true meaning of this museum). Very well documented especially through the eyes of reporters - the ones that chose to be there to both profit and ensure there was a record. Their accounts of the war and their own emotions will leave your hearts heavy and a tear in your eye. Not for the faint hearted but essential viewing for everyone! If we forget history it will only repeat itself. The exhibits do focus mostly on the US involvement (inc. how they lied to their own people to justify their involvement), however there are stories from South Korea, France and other allied nations too.
  • Wow. So powerful, absolutely impactful. I found my experience amazing without taking any photos, but that's not to say it cannot be enjoyed if taking photos. Go to this museum looking to learn, and to understand and you will leave with some new understandings. Be warned there are gruesome pictures and descriptions of acts of war

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