Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Founded on 27th July 1987 and located at 2 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum is one of two museums operated by 7th Military Zone: Southeastern Armed Forces Museum and Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum. This museum exhibits artifacts, documents, and photos related to the fights of Vietnamese people and soldiers against the U.S. armed force of the U.S. and the puppet government in South Vietnam. The struggle ended with the general attack and rebellion in the spring of 1975 and Ho Chi Minh Campaign – the last campaign of the Vietnam War. Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum is one of the Top 12 museums in Ho Chi Minh City and worth a visit.

Main gate and main entrance of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Main gate and main entrance of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

General information

Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 11:00, 13:30 – 16:30; Open on Saturday and Sunday upon request

Address: 2, Le Duan Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. This museum is located right in the city center, next to Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden.  The museum is about 3.6 km from Saigon Backpacker Area. You can take Bus D1 from 23/9 Park Bus Station to Thao Cam Vien Saigon Bus Station.

Free entrance

Phone: +84 336 578 946

History

The museum building was built in the early 20th century according to the design of a French architect in Western architectural style. During the period of the Republic of Vietnam, this was the National Defense College, where senior officers for the Saigon government are trained. The building has been functioned as the museum about Ho Chi Minh Campaign since July 27, 1987.

The museum saves all over 467 artifacts, 108 photos, 36 scientific documents, 37 statues, and 100 artifacts that are not displayed. A wide range of military transport and weapons participating in battles, especially the T54 Tank No 848 entering the Independence Palace on 30th April 1975. The huge model with lights of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in the middle of the museum grab attention of most visitors when they enter the museum.

Outdoor display area

The museum is located on a campus of over 6,000m2. The display part of the museum is divided into two areas: outdoor display area and indoor display area. The outdoor display area of more than 2,000m2, introducing weapons used in the campaign such as aircraft, tanks, and cannons.

The tank of the 203rd Brigade in the attack of the liberation forces entered the Independence Palace on April, 30th 1975 at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

T54 Tank No 848 – The tank of the 203rd Brigade in the attack of the liberation forces entered the Independence Palace on April, 30th 1975

Enemy aircrafts were shot down by liberation troops in Ho Chi Minh Campaign

Enemy aircrafts were shot down by liberation troops in Ho Chi Minh Campaign

Statue of Victory 30th April 1975 in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Statue of Victory 30th April 1975

M.113 Armoured Car, captured by the 7th Division in Phuoc Long Campaign in the outdoor display area of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

M.113 Armoured Car, captured by the 7th Division in Phuoc Long Campaign in January 1975 and then used to take part in Ho Chi Minh Campaign

Indoor display area

The indoor display area of more than 1,500 m2 are structured into 6 separate rooms in a two-story building.

First floor

Entering the main entrance on the first floor of the building, visitors can see a huge model of Ho Chi Minh campaign. Then there will be areas of different campaigns:

  • Road 14 – Phuoc Long Campaign;
  • Tay Nguyen campaign room;
  • Hue – Da Nang campaign room;
  • Ho Chi Minh campaign room;
  • Models of battle plan of Ho Chi Minh campaign room in the center of the first floor
First floor with the huge model of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

First floor with the huge model of battle plan of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

The huge model of Ho Chi Minh Campaign at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

The huge model of Ho Chi Minh Campaign at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Road 14 – Phuoc Long Campaign

Road 14 - Phuoc Long Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Road 14 – Phuoc Long Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Tay Nguyen Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

 Tay Nguyen Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Tay Nguyen Campaign on the first floor

Hue – Da Nang Campaign on the first floor

Hue - Da Nang Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Hue – Da Nang Campaign on the first floor

Ho Chi Minh Campaign on the first floor

Ho Chi Minh Campaign Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Ho Chi Minh Campaign on the first floor

Ho Chi Minh Campaign Campaign on the first floor

Ho Chi Minh Campaign Campaign on the first floor at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

Boat equipped sappers of the 7th Military region to carry soldiers and equipment for corps 232 in Ho Chi Minh campaign

Boat equipped sappers of the 7th Military region to carry soldiers and equipment for corps 232 in Ho Chi Minh campaign

The 6th company of the 10th Rung Sc regiment used it as a boat to transport wounded soldiers across Long Tau river at Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum

The 6th company of the 10th Rung Sc regiment used it as a boat to transport wounded soldiers across Long Tau river

Second floor

There are 2 rooms on the second floor: Ho Chi Minh campaign headquarters and General Staff of the Saigon Army before April 1975. In the corridor, artifacts about corps fighting in Ho Chi Minh campaign, the rise of Gia Dinh people, etc.

General Staff of the Saigon Army before April 1975 Room

Room of General Staff of the Saigon Army before April 1975 at Ho Chi Minh campaign museum

Room of General Staff of the Saigon Army before April 1975 where displayed maps used by General Staff of the Saigon Army, flags. Especially there are models of President Duong Van Minh and the cabinet of the Saigon government surrendered unconditionally to liberation forces at noon of 30th April 1975.

Objects confiscated from enemy in the General Offensive and Uprising in the 1975 spring at Ho Chi Minh campaign museum

Objects confiscated from enemy, including stamps, army badges in the General Offensive and Uprising in the 1975 spring

Ho Chi Minh campaign headquarters

Ho Chi Minh campaign headquarters at Ho Chi Minh campaign museum

Ho Chi Minh campaign headquarters Room

Display about Corps 3

Display about 3rd Military Zone in Ho Chi Minh campaign

Among the visitors coming to the museum, there are many foreign visitors. A foreign man said, “I love the country and people of Vietnam very much. I visited many museums in Vietnam. Visiting this museum I better understand the Ho Chi Minh campaign, a campaign marking the end of the Vietnam War.”

Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum is one of the 2 museums operated by 7th Military Zone, the other museum is Southeastern Armed Forces Museum, located at 247 Hoang Van Thu Street, Ward 1, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Although Southeastern Armed Forces Museum is about 8 km far from District 1 – the city center, it is worth visiting and seeing 17,500 artifacts, documents and photos.

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