A view outside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at nightHanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here.
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TOP 13 MUSEUMS IN HANOI
Here is top 10 highly-recommended Hanoi Museums that reveal our local and special culture!
As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country.
The outdoor display area exhibits a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas, with great attention paid to the varying architectural styles set within the authentic and tranquil gardens.
It is located on a 43,799-square-metre property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center. The proposal for the museum was officially approved on 14 December 1987. Construction lasted from 1987 to 1995, and it was opened to the public on 12 November 1997. The budget for construction of the museum was $1.9 million USD, with an additional $285,000 USD allocated for acquisition of artifacts.
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- Address: Nguyen Van Huyen road, Cau Giay district | Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi
- Opening hours: Everyday except for Monday, 8:30-17:30
- Entrance fee: 40,000 (or USD 1.50); camera fee: 50,000 (USD 2)
Hoa Lo Prison Museum will be a thought-provoking site for curious travelers that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during the American War. A stay in the Hanoi Hilton was no picnic. From day one, Hoa Lo was horrifically overcrowded – while its maximum capacity was 600 prisoners, over 2,000 were confined within its walls by 1954.
The vast prison complex was built by the French in 1896. Originally intended to house around 450 inmates, records indicate that by the 1930s there were close to 2000 prisoners.
- Address: No. 1, Hoa Lo Street, Tran Hung Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City
- Opening hours: everyday, 8: 00 – 17:00 (including festivals and holidays)
- Entrance fee: 30.000đ/person
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You can have free audioguide in Vietnamese, English and French.
- Address: No. 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: everyday, 8:00 – 17:00
- Entrance fee: Normal Ticket: 30.000/person; University student ticket: 10.000/person, Free for government guest and primary students, secondary students and special disabilities
4. Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Ho Chi Minh Museum does exactly what, given its name, you would expect it to do. Opened in 1990 on the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s birth, the Soviet-style museum is a bizarre hagiography brought to life.
this is also one of the most informative museums in Hanoi, undoubtedly in the country, Ho Chi Minh museum is conveniently located in Ho Chi Minh Complex.
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The whole museum is a elaborate description of Ho Chi Minh’s life. The museum is a collection of artifacts, miniatures and various gifts gathered nationally and internationally. There is also description written in English and France, as well as guided tours on request.
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- Address: No. 19, Ngoc Ha Street, Doi Can Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:00-11:30 | 14:00-16:30, everyday except Monday
- Entrance fee: 10.000 VND/person
5. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
Ever been to a museum which surprisingly give you inspiration for a wonderful new journey, passion or interests. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum undoubtedly will be the most promising one!
With just a few hours, you will come across the historic and contemporary art works, archaeological and historical materials, and objects important to the history and nation of Vietnam.
- Adress: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
- Opening hours: everyday (Monday to Sunday), 8:30 – 17:00
- Entrance fee: Adult: 40.000 VND; University students with ID: 20.000 VND; Children (6 years old to 16 years old): 10.000 VND; Children under 6 years old: Free; Tour Guide: 150.000 VND
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6. Hanoi Museum
Hanoi Museum is a modern museum that will tell you about the city in the most creative and artist way. The building was listed on the Top museum’s beautiful architecture in the world.
- Address: Pham Hung Road, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
- Opening hour: 8:00 – 11:00 | 13:30 – 17:00
- Entrance fee: Free
7. Vietnam National Museum of History
You will discover the Vietnam’s best account of its thousands of years of history in the Hanoi’s finest buildings.
If other museums have overwhelmed you with propaganda and war, this museum will come as a welcome relief with both its delightful setting and its superb collection.
- Address: No. 1, Trang Tien Street – No. 25, Tong Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: everyday (closed on every first Monday of the month)
- 8h00 to 12:00 | 13h30 to 17h00
- Entrance fee: Normal ticket: 40,000VND/ person ; 50 % discount for: old people, veterans and disable people. (confirmed card or certifiable); Free for under 6 years old children
8. B-52 Victory Museum
Many foreigners are interested to learn more about Military history and victory of Vietnam. This place definitely tells you about the very memorable years of fierce war, the bravery and persistence of Vietnamese people.
For the outdoor exhibition, the most prominent thing is the evidence of the disastrous U.S.: a B52 of 48,07m wreck, wingspan of 56.42 m and many other aircraft debris.
- Address: No. 157 Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:30; 13:30 – 16:30 (except Monday and Friday)
- Entrance fee: Free
9. Museum of People’s Public Security
Hanoi Police Museum or Museum of People’s Public Security provides the information about the heroic tradition of our nation’s public security officers through different development phases of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Numerous exhibits and photos provide interesting glimpses into little aspects of the Indochina wars and foreign intelligence operations in Vietnam during the 1980s.
- Address: No.1 Tran Binh Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 16:30, from Tuesday to Saturday weekly
- Entrance fee: Free
10.Vietnam Military History Museum
The Vietnam Military History Museum Hanoi, also known as the Army Museum, houses an extensive collection of weaponry that was used throughout Vietnam’s war-filled history. Ideal for history buffs looking to know more about the country, there are plenty of authentic war relics, weapons, and detailed accounts by former soldiers who have fought against the French and American forces. Notable attractions include the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber, an M107 self-propelled gun, and a military tank that had ploughed through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, thus ending the Vietnam War in 1975. You can also find classic propaganda videos, improvised weapons, a diorama of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, and exhibitions of artefacts dating back to the Hong Bang Dynasty (2879 BC).
- Address: No.28A Dien Bien Phu Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8h00 – 11:30 | 13:00 – 16:30 (everday except Monday and Friday)
- Entrance fee: International Tourist: 40.000 VND/person
11. Vietnam Museum of Revolution
Inaugurated in 1959 and housing more than 40,000 exhibits, this museum enthusiastically presents the histories of conflict and revolution within Vietnam, from the liberation movements against the French occupation to the establishment of the Communist Party and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
- Address: No.25, Tong Dan Road, Trang Tien Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:45 |13:30 – 16:15
- Entrance fee: free
12. Air Force Museum
The Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum, Hanoi or Bao Tàng Phòng Không – Không Quân is located on Truong Chinh Street in the Bach Mai District of Hanoi. The museum is on the endpoint of the disused Bach Mai Airfield. Bach Mai Airfield was used as the air defense command and control center for the Vietnamese People’s Air Force during the Second Indochina War. Due to its location in the restricted area of a radius of 30 nautical miles (reduced to 10 in 1967) from the center of Hanoi and its proximity to the Bach Mai Hospital only 1 kilometer away, Bach Mai Airfield was off limits to US bombers during the early years of Operation (Rolling Thunder) with the result that North Vietnamese command and control was generally unmolested. Presidential approval was required for an attack on the airfield and this was done for the first time by F-105 Thunderchiefs of the 388th Fighter Wing on November 17, 1967. Bombing restrictions were lifted during Operation Linebacker I and the airfield was attacked on May 16, 1972. On December 21, 1972 during Operation Linebacker II, two B-52D’s were lost to SA-2 missiles while attacking the airfield. On December 22, 1972 a string of bombs missed Bach Mai Airfield and instead hit Bach Mai Hospital.
- Address: No.173C Truong Chinh Road, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi.
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:00 | 13:00 – 16:30, everyday except Friday
- Entrance fee: 20.000 VND/person
13. Vietnam National Museum of Nature
The Vietnam National Museum of Nature is a leading museum in the system of nature museums. It was established to showcase nature and environment, and exhibit information about basic features of Vietnam’s nature.
The museum is located on the campus of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology on Hoang Quoc Viet street, Nghia Do ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi. In Hanoi, tourists should visit the leading nature museum of Vietnam. The museum has relatively small exhibition space but is designed in harmony, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. In particular, most of the specimens are on display in glass cases and models are placed outside. Going with the whole family and learning about local plants, animals is suitable for weekend outdoors.
- Address: No 18(B-C), Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: 8h30 – 11h30 | 13h30 – 16h30
- Openning days: Thursdays to Sundays
- Entrance fee: 20.000 VND/person
Now, there are 13 unmissable museums to visit in Hanoi that will make your Hanoi Local Experience truly, knowledgeable and memorable!