The success of the August Revolution in 1945 led to the birth of Democratic Republic of Vietnam. In numerous difficulties of a newly established country, President Ho Chi Minh was still interested in restoring historic, cultural and ethnic art. On 23th November 1945, Ho Chi Minh issued the decree No. 65 / SL-TN for cultural heritage conservation. This is the very first decree on cultural heritage preservation. On 4th December 2002, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1155 / QD-TTg which renamed Museum of Vietnam Military History Museum.
The museum is considered to be one of the oldest one located at Ba Dinh District, in the center of Hanoi which demonstrates the war process in Vietnam in the past and presents the military history of Vietnam as well. Not only foreigners but the locals are also particularly interested in seeing the museum because they can learn a lot about Vietnam history and the wars this nation had undergone because most of the country's history is about war and fighting for its independence. In general, War museums are often miserable places with full of broken metal. And the Museum in Hanoi is not an exception, which acts as a reminder of the fading of all empires.
What to see?
It is quite easy for tourists to get around the building. For instance, the main building in this museum should be the first site to pass by which was opened in 1959 and which showed Vietnamese fights during wars with French colonialism, American imperialists. By visiting the museum, tourists can also learn more about the rise of the Viet Minh (in the North Vietnam) and the way they declared their independence in 1945. In terms of architecture, the first floor of the museum has 3 rooms. The first room is about the military from the Hung Kings period to Ngo Quyen's defeating against Han army at the Bach Dang River, 938. The second room which is situated in the middle has a great statue of Ho Chi Minh and it also includes the images in the first Indochina War in Vietnam. The last room displays the fight from the Ly dynasty to Nguyen one. There are numerous artifacts of historical are displayed here. They include bikes in Dien Bien Phu campaign, MiG19, MiG21 aircraft, Sam 2, Sam 3 missiles in the campaign against America. Moreover, there are the tanks which enter the Palace right in the middle of the room. The museum represents many significant periods in Vietnam history, for instance, the wars happening in Vietnam during its history of the building and maintaining the country, such as the Vietnamese fights against French colonialism, the history of the Vietnam People’s Army and so on. Moreover, a number of weapons are also showed at the museum that definitely appeals the tourists, such as leftover airplanes, tanks, guns, etc. When you finish your visit, you will soon realize that the museum shows the spirit of Vietnamese. The spirit is shown in Ho Chi Minh's famous quote: "Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom" written the Nation's Independence Proclamation of Vietnam nation. Additionally, the museum is regarded one of the most appealing museums throughout the country. Hardly can tourists resist to come and explore Vietnam missing this museum.
Inside the museum, there is no eating or drinking store opened for tourist to have a meal or a snack. For that reason, it is necessary for you to bring with some water in case you are thirsty. The visit will not take you such a long time, then there is no need to worry about where and what to eat. However, remember to have a good meal before paying a visit and wear appropriate clothes and shoes because you will have to walk quite a lot. Although the museum offers a lot of things to see, you can choose exactly what you want to learn about to save your time and labor.
Ticket price, visiting time and transportation
The Museum is public every day through the week except Monday and Friday. One thing is that if you find it quite difficult to get to know the museum by yourself, register for a tour whose the prices including guide are quite reasonable. Moreover, the entrance fee is quite cheap which costs about 20,000 (about USD 1) per adults and 10.000 per child. If you have local friends, you can ask them to take you to this museum by motorbike or direct where you can take a bus and get to the destination. It would always better for you to be with a guide who has such a wide and deep knowledge about Vietnamese history through years in the war. If you wonder how to get to the museum, then one of the most popular choices is to take a bus which is cheap and convenient to get there. Travelers can take the bus 0.9 starting from the Sword lake which only takes 10 minutes to get to the museum. Another choice is taxi or motorbike taxi due to the short distance. It is about 2 km from the Old Quarter, therefore, any kind of transportation is ideal for tourists to take.
Address: No. 28A, Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - The Best way to visit here, please make a booking Hanoi City Tours