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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  • I'm at an age where I particularly experienced with the Vietnam war (also demonstration). Therefore, the Museum was an experience and showed that my view is that since the Americans have lost the moral leadership in the world, was the right thing. Many Americans who visited the Museum, have left it also somewhat sheepishly. The Museum is very well designed. You should then of course also in the Mekong - drive Delta and maybe make the tunnel tour.
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  • Going to and experiencing this museum was one that I won't forget. It's one thing to hear or read about the Vietnam War but it's another to be put in front of newspapers, weapons, pictures and videos ...  more »
  • Not knowing exactly what to expect, this visit was both shocking but extremely informative; it is a measure of how far the country has come after such a devastating period in history. Well worth spend...  more »
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  • When the photo of "Napalm Girl" by Nick Ut was published, I was a fruit tree grower in a communist country. Being familiar with these war events, it is only natural to place this museum as one of top visits during my Vietnam tour. However, surprisingly to see so many young visitors so attentively gazing at these photos & reading the illustrations. Though to some extent, some are one sided stories, it is indeed a very powerful & soul searching museum. When the last person was winched off from US embassy building roof in rescue helicopter in1975, it was widely predicated a large scale of brutal & bloody retribution against then south Vietnam regime officers would follow. But it did not happen as it had happened in many other countries. This restraint from revenge against the defeated regime by Vietnamese government 40 years ago has today made this museum all more powerful. It helps world & local reconciliation & development. Otherwise it would be a different story.
  • The best place to look at at the full story of the hardships, atrocities faced by the Vietnamese. The photos at this place are so strong in depictions. Leisurely move through the photo gallery to understand the true story. There is a Coffee place on the spot. Ticket for entrance is cheap. There are military purpose vehicles at the place.
  • Museum was a bit of a mess, no flow, no cohesive story, just a series of rooms with great photos, but could really use some structure. Also some of the photographs are quite graphic, so if you are taking children I would beware as it might be a bit much for them. That said very interesting and a view of the war through vietnamese eyes rather than the western world. Definitely worth your time if you are in ho chi Minh city. Cost of entrance is 15k dong, very reasonable all things considered.
  • Its a must place to visit, if you dont know the history of Vietnam and if you wish to know. They have manages to keep the war remains safely and memories, to ensure not to repeat. It is nice to read about Ho Chi Minh and his relations with other countries. If you like history, you will certainly like this place. even otherwise its worth a visit.
  • This was a pretty sobering museum. The horrors of war were on full display in each of the exhibits on the upper floors. I was particularly interested in the photographer's exhibit. They went to great lengths to document what happened. As an American I had mixed feelings throughout most of the museum and found it very helpful to see things from multiple points of view. War is a terrible thing and regardless of who writes the captions, it must never be taken lightly.

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