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Museums are one of the best ways khổng lồ explore the history & culture of a country. Who doesn"t agree? Vietnam has lived through years of wars và the history is best depicted in its fascinating museums. From the Chinese takeover to lớn the ultimate North và South Vietnam reunification in the 70s, the country"s history can be traced back to lớn 4000 years. All the history books & movies across the world fail lớn deliver to what extent the wars devastated the country, luckily, the many war museums of Vietnam are here help the tourists learn what they can never otherwise.Here are the 7 best war museums in Vietnam so you know where exactly khổng lồ go lớn find your answers about the rich history of this wonderful country:

1. War Remnants Museum, Ho đưa ra Minh City

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho chi Minh City, VietnamTimings: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM - 5:00 PMEntrance fee: VND 15,000War Remants Museum, one of Vietnam"s Most Popular Museums (Source)One of the most popular museums of Vietnam, the War Remnants Museum is extremely well curated và very interesting. It"s popular for being trang chủ to some of the harshest and brutal collection of tòa tháp retrieved from the Vietnam war. This Vietnamese war museum is divided into three floors. The ground floor has a collection of photos, posters and documents depicting the war brutality including American soldiers holding heads of Vietnamese soldiers after killing them, the My Lai massacre, and the most important "tiger cage" which was an imprisonment method used by Americans lớn torture prisoners at the con Dao prison. The first & second floors are devoted to helicopters like the UH-1 Helicopter, tanks lượt thích the M-48 Patton tank và weapons like A-37 dragonfly attack bomber, and other guns & artillery pieces. The War Remnants museum has many explicit displays of things và photos & is very fascinating for someone interested in the rich history of Vietnam.

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2. Hoa Lo Museum, Hanoi

Address: 1 Pho Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntrance fee: VND 20,000The Hoa Lo Prison Museum, a war museum in Vietnam with the former nickname "Hanoi Hilton"(Source)The Hoa Lo Museum was originally a prison used by North Vietnamese officials lớn capture American P.O.W.s (prisoners of war) during the Vietnam war. Today, after being demolished as a prison in the 90s, the Hoa Lo has turned into a war museum in Vietnam that replicates the brutality faced by the prisoners while it was under operation. The propaganda on the walls and some initial documents suggested that the U.S. Prisoners nicknamed the Hoa Lo as ?Hanoi Hilton?, as in the big hotel chain of Hilton. There were claims that the American prisoners were treated with the utmost care, just lượt thích in a hotel. However, documents later proved that this was just a rumor. In reality, this was one of the most notorious prison during the war where many terrifying & torturous activities were performed like guillotine. John McCain và General Charles G. Boyd were among the well known inmates of the prison who, according to the previous rumors, has a great time at the prison. While later it was found out that John McCain even tried lớn commit suicide inside. Today, many tourists visit this museum in Hanoi lớn understand the harsh conditions & history of the prisoners during the war.

3. Vietnamese Women"s Museum, Hanoi

Address: 36, Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai ward, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam,Timings: Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntrance fee: VND 30,000
Vietnamese Women"s Museum, a chất lượng museum in Vietnam showcasing the role of women in the wars in Vietnam (Source)One of the most chất lượng museums, the Vietnamese Women"s Museum in Hanoi will not fail khổng lồ impress you. The primary motive of this museum is khổng lồ promote gender equality in the Vietnamese culture by showcasing the life of a woman and her contribution in the country. The place is divided into three sections: 1) Women in family, 2) Women in history, and 3) Women"s fashion. The first section focuses on the woman"s role in a family, as a mother và a child, thus providing a better understanding of how Vietnamese families depend on the maternity. The second section is the most important & hard-hitting one which portrays the woman"s role during the Vietnam war. They were the known to be powerful and acted as aid to lớn the injured soldiers. There are photographs displaying the tragedies of women losing their children during the war which are very emotionally moving. The third section exhibits many different types of traditional costumes that the Vietnamese women have changed over the years. This is a one-of-a-kind war museum talking specifically about the woman"s role which the other war museums in Vietnam don"t particularly explain, và therefore, definitely worth a visit.

4. Ho chi Minh Museum, Hanoi

Address: 19 Ngoc Ha, tía Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam.Timings: Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PMSaturday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PMEntrance fee: VND 10,000The Ho bỏ ra Minh Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam (Source)One of the biggest & most popular museums in Vietnam, the Ho đưa ra Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is an elaborate documentation of Ho bỏ ra Minh"s life. It is home to a huge collection of artifacts, sculptures, historical documents, photographs & artworks, all exhibiting his upbringing, travels and military accomplishments. There is a 400-seat hall for meetings và playing documentaries about Ho bỏ ra Minh. Every exhibit has a simple mô tả tìm kiếm in English, Vietnamese và French, and you can take a guided tour around the museum for a small fee too. The museum represents a chronological tài khoản of his life describing to lớn the tourists how intriguing & fascinating his experiences were.

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5. Con Dao Museum

Address: 10, Nguyen Hue Street, Vung Tau, Vietnam.Timings: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM; 1:30 PM - 4:30 PMEntrance fee: VND 20,000Con Dao Museum, a former prison turned into a war museum in Vietnam (Source)From 1862 lớn 1975, bé Dao was a brutal prison used initially by the French colonialists và then by the American imperialists khổng lồ imprison political convicts, communists, Viet Cong, students protests & any other person who went against the government. The prison was a harsh place where extremely horrific treatment & torture was given to the prisoners. Opened in 2013, this war museum in Vietnam is home to many artifacts, restored documents, collection of photographs that show what suffering the prisoners went through. The exhibition hall depicts four different topics: nature and people, prison life, the battle và revolutionary school of patriots và Vietnamese communists, and Con Dao today. There is another seperate area in the museum that showcase artifacts depicting the deaths of many communist soldiers & heroic martyrs, including the famous & brave, Vo Thi Sau. Locals & tourists visit this museum to learn about the atrocities caused to lớn the prisoners, the history of this town, và the heroic sacrifice of more than 20,000 Vietnamese people.

6. B-52 Victory Museum, Hanoi

Address: 157 Doi Can Street, tía Dinh district, Hanoi, Vietnam.Timings: Tuesday lớn Thursday & Saturday khổng lồ Sunday, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 1:30 PM - 4:30 PMEntrance fee: VND 30,000MiG 21 displayed at the B-52 Victory Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam (Source)During the 12 days of the 1972 chiến dịch "Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the Air", the Vietnamese Air Defense Force shot down 81 aircrafts, including the 34 B52, which ultimately forced the US government to sit for the negotiation at the Paris Agreement in 1973 and pull out of Vietnam. The B-52 Victory museum was inaugurated in 1986 và then upgraded in 2012 which marked the 40 years anniversary of the occasion. The important exhibits of this war museum in Vietnam are weapons, images, documents, artifacts, wreckage, và the most prominent one being a B-52 wreck among other aircraft debris. The Huu Tiep lake nearby, also known as the B52 lake by Hanoi locals, shows you the exact spot where the B-52 fell in 1972. If you"re a history buff, fascinated by seeing war wreckage that is preserved for years, or just a person who would like to learn about the tragic war, you should definitely pay a visit to lớn this unique & interesting museum that the Vietnamese take pride in.

7. Cu chi Tunnels, Ho đưa ra Minh City

Address: TL 15, Phu Hiep, Ho chi Minh City, Vietnam.Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntrance fee: VND 90,000The Cu bỏ ra Tunnels are underground tunnel complexes used by Viet Cong soldier during war (Source)Covering over 120 kilometers of underground tunnels, including living areas, kitchens, storage rooms và hospitals, the Cu bỏ ra tunnels give you a vivid picture of how the Vietnamese soldiers lived back in the days of war in 1948. The tunnels consisting of trenches, bunkers, bomb shelters, air ventilation systems & many other impressive structures were trang chủ to thousands of Viet Cong guerrillas. These were used mainly during the war against French, and then the system was expanded during the war against Americans. Today, visitors can explore the traps, watch a documentary, eat food prepared by the local restaurant which the soldiers used to lớn eat during the war, & also shoot M16 rifles at the shooting range hosted by the tunnels. Many tour companies usually take half day tours from Ho bỏ ra Minh city center to the Cu bỏ ra tunnels.If you ever plan lớn visit Vietnam, these war museums should definitely be on your list. The Vietnamese people have lived through years of tragic wars and you will never find all the information about these years in your school textbooks. Hence, khổng lồ know the history, culture và traditions of a country, visiting its museums is the best way.

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