Ho Chi Minh Museum – Ho Chi Minh City Branch is located on Nguyen Tat Thanh street and the Saigon River fork. It studies, collects, storages, preserves documentaries, artifacts about the life and career of Uncle Ho Chi Minh. The museum combined with Dragon House wharf and Khanh Hoi Bridge makes a special area.
Opening hours: 7:30 – 11:30; 13:30 – 17:00
Address: 01 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
History and Architecture
The building was built in mid-1962 and completed in 1963. At that time, it was used as the headquarters of the Imperial Transport Corporation (Messageries Impériales). This is one of the first buildings built by the French colonialists after capturing Saigon. It was built in the western style, but on the roof of it, there were two dragons turning their heads to the moon, an oriental decoration style. Because of this decoration style, the building is also known as the Dragon House and the port next to it is called the Dragon House wharf.
In 1870, the Emperor Transport Company (Messageries Impériales) was changed into Maritime Transport Company (Messageries Maritimes) but its mission and scope were unchanged. The company was changed the moon statue on the roof of the building with statues of the crown, anchor and horse, symbols of the company. Therefore, this company is also called Horse Head Company.
In 1955, after the French colonial defeat in Vietnam, Saigon port trade – including Nha Rong was transferred to the South Vietnamese government for management. They restored the roof of the house and replaced the two old dragons with two other dragons with the posture of turning out. In 1965, the Dragon House was used by the US military as the headquarters of the US Military Aid Receiving Office.
1975, after the reunification of the country, Nha Rong was used as a memorial zone for the President of Ho Chi Minh, displaying a career path to save the country. Later. On October 30, 1995, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee issued Decision No. 7492 / QD-UB-NCVX to transfer “Memorial Zone to President Ho Chi Minh” into “Ho Chi Minh Museum – Branch Ho Chi Minh City”.
The beautiful architecture of the building housing Ho Chi Minh Museum – Branch Ho Chi Minh City
The museum’s outside
The museum is located on the river junction so the air is very fresh and cool. Outside the building, there are many trees. In particular, there is a banyan tree being a branch of Tan Trao banyan tree in the north, planted by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Van Linh. And a Bodhi tree was offered by the late president India in the official visit to Vietnam. This place also has a lotus pool, the lotus is a species that grows much in Dong Thap Muoi, the Mekong Delta. Here, we also have the occasion to admire the statue of Nguyen Tat Thanh (Uncle Ho’s name when he went out to look for a way to save the country). The statue was built in 2003, 3.3m high, 1 ton heavy. The statue shows the quick gait of an enthusiastic young man.
Statue of Nguyen Ai Quoc in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
Lotus pond in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
Bodhi tree in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh Museum – Branch Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Trao banyan tree in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
The museum’s inside
Inside the museum, there are 7 fixed galleries including 5 topic galleries talking about Uncle Ho’s life and career, 2 thematic galleries talking about Ho Chi Minh- The era journey and the love of Uncle Ho for the southern people and the love of the southern people for Uncle Ho.
Current museum has more than 11,000 materials and artifacts, more than 3,300 book titles. The artifacts that make viewers deeply impressed are the shirt made of Ka Ki cloth and the sandals made of old tire cars. Being a president, the highest position in the country, but Uncle Ho has a living standard equal to a normal citizen. The picture impressing to the viewer is the picture that Uncle Ho was watering the Chrysophyllum cainito (vú sữa in Vietnamese) tree. The tree originated in Ca Mau, the Mekong Delta, donated by southern officials and soldiers in 1955. Uncle himself planted and cared it every day. This shows Uncle Uncle’s deep love for southern people.
Photos and documents about Nguyen Ai Quoc – Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese patriots in France on the wall
Books about Uncle Ho in a glass wardrobe
Overseas Vietnamese in Novelgeland (French colonies) presented the Peugeot car to President Ho Chi Minh in 1964
Topic about Uncle Ho for South Vietnam – South Vietnam for Uncle Ho
The entrance to the room of topic about Uncle Ho for South Vietnam – South Vietnam for Uncle Ho
The map about the life of Uncle Ho
First row: Strong-willed scholars and patriots confusion scholar in the South, they gave much support to Nguyen Tat Thanh in the period of teaching Duc Thanh school, Phan Thiet and the initial period of his living in Saigon. Messieurs Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chau Trinh, contemporary friends of Nguyen Sinh Sac as well as ones having relation and influence on Nguyen Ai Quoc in the period of his living in France and later as well.
Second and third row: Voluntionaries, patriotic intellectuals, writers, journalists in South Vietnam were early under the influence of the idea of Nguyen Ai Quoc and attend revolutionary activities since early days of the war of resistance against French colonialist, invading US imperialist to liberate South Vietnam and unite the country.
Flag presented to Uncle Ho from Gia Rai compatriots in January 1955
Overcoat presented to President Ho Chi Minh by Ho Chi Minh City United Vietnam group
A can President Ho Chi Minh watering to the star apple plant presented by South Vietnam compatriots
On the left is the mandolin of musician Tran Kiet Tuong. He used it to compose several famous songs in which there was the song “Ho Chi Minh, the finest name” in 1960. On the right is the collection of songs composed by Tran Kiet Tuong – manuscript
Statue: “Handful of soil taken from South Vietnam” by artist Lam Quang Noi
Statue: “President Ho Chi Minh – President Ton Duc Thang” by artist Ly Chau Hoan – Art University of Ho Chi Minh City present the museum
Pen of Hero label which President Ho Chi Minh offered Hero of Labour Le Minh Duc in 1958. Mr. Le Minh Duc offered Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City branch in 2013.
Paddled waistcoat given by President Ho Chi Minh in 1995. Given by Mr. Le Thong Nhat (special wounded soldier) – 20/8 Ho Hao Hon, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – on 19 May 2012
Picture: “President Ho Chi Minh with heroes valiant man of South Vietnam in 1965 by author Vo Van Vinh – Ho Chi Minh City of Fine Arts
Set of brushes to paint pictures of Uncle Ho and propaganda pictures for serving movements of production and fighting (1965 – 1974) of painter Le Du. Collection banknotes of Uncle Ho stored by the family of Mr. Dao Van Gat from 1952. Banknote of 2 VND issued by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1946
Mourning bands used by the delegation of the provisional revolutionary the democratic of South Vietnam at Paris conference, South Vietnam Liberation of forces, Mrs. Tran Xuan Hong, and others attended the funeral of President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi September 1969
Portrait of president Ho Chi Minh – presented with Vietnam communist party’s small pictures (the date numbers of pictures in 5,000 pcs) which is a picture collection of historical relics, famous landscapes, and intangible culture at 63 provinces and over the country, by painter Nguyen Minh executed in 2012
Topic about Ho Chi Minh – the itinerary of age
The entrance to the room of Topic about Ho Chi Minh – the itinerary of age
The map with itineraries where Nguyen Tat Thanh – Nguyen Ai Quoc – Ho Chi Minh traveled, from 1911 to 1941, on his way to search for national salvation
Documents about itineraries of Uncle Ho
Presents to Uncle Ho
Memory room of Ho Chi Minh President
Infant and young ages of President Ho Chi Minh. Begining of patriotic and revolutionary activities. President Ho Chi Minh accepts Marxism – Leninism and affirms Vietnamese Revolution way (1890 – 1920)
President Ho Chi Minh paternal grandfather house in Lotus Hamlet, Kim Lien Village, Nam Dan District, Nghe An Province
Second theme: President Ho Chi Minh fights to protect and manipulates creative ways of V.I Lenin on nationalism and colonialism. President Ho Chi Minh created the main Party of Vietnamese workers class (1920 – 1930)
Third theme: President Ho Chi Minh – the organizer and leader of successful August Revolution and the founder of Democratic Republic of Vietnam, fighting to consolidate revolutionary administration and resistance against French colonialists invaders (1930 – 1954)
Objects: small bowl, chopstick, water container, printing rock, rulo use to print the “Independent Vietnam” newspaper.
The victory of Dien Bien Phu statue in 1954 by author Nguyen Hai
Declaration of Abdication by Bao Dai on August 30, 1945. The micro used by President Ho Chi Minh to deliver the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945. Book of Independence Declaration from President Ho Chi Minh. Provisional government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Cooper pan – used president Ho Chi Minh at Viet Bac maquis
Reticule containing rice of President Ho Chi Minh at Viet Bac maquis
The typewriter President Ho Chi Minh used for years in Hanoi
The helmet President Ho Chi Minh used to wear during U.S. bomb raids in Hanoi in the destruction war against North Vietnam
President Ho Chi Minh’s spectacles
President Ho Chi Minh’s color and black pencils
Ho Chi Minh’s favorite instrument daily exercises
Rattan walking stick of the President Ho Chi Minh and his hat
View of Saigon River from the second floor of Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch
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