Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh Museum – Ho Chi Minh City Branch is located on Nguyen Tat Thanh street and the Saigon River bank. It studies, collects, stores and preserves documents, photos and other artifacts about the life and career of Uncle Ho – President Ho Chi Minh. The complex of beautiful architectural work and spacious garden with green trees and lotus pond of Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dragon House Wharf and Khanh Hoi Bridge is one of the must-visit destinations in the city. Ho Chi Minh Museum – Ho Chi Minh City Branch is one of the Top 12 museums in Ho Chi Minh City and worth a visit.

General information

Opening hours: 7:30 – 11:30; 13:30 – 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday

Address: 01 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. This museum is about 2 km from Ben Thanh Market. It is located in District 4, which is separated from District 1 by Saigon River. Visitors reach the museum after crossing the Calmette Bridge from District 1 side.

Website: http://baotanghochiminh-nr.vn

Tel :  +84 28 38255740 or +84 28 39401053

Email: bt.cn.svhtt@tphcm.gov.vn

Entrance: free

History and Architecture of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

The construction of the building was started 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. The 2-story building was designed in the western style, with arched entrances on the facade and square pillars. On its roof, there were two dragons turning their heads to the moon. So that the building is also called Dragon House (Nhà Rồng) and the port next to it is called the Dragon House Wharf (Nha Rong Port).

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.

On 5th June 1911, Nguyen Tat Thanh (name of Uncle Ho at that time) left Nha Rong Port on Latouche-Tréville ship. He finally reached France and to place himself in seeking the way to save Vietnam from enemies.

In 1955, after the French colonial defeated in Vietnam, Saigon port trade including Nha Rong was transferred to the South Vietnamese government for management. They restored the roof of the building and replaced 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.

After the reunification of the country in 1975, 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 building housing 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 spacious garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is located on the bank of Saigon River and has lots of green trees so the air around the museum is very fresh and cool. Outside the building, there is a lovely garden. In particular, there is a banyan tree which was grown from a branch of Tan Trao banyan tree in North Vietnam by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Van Linh. The Bodhi tree was presented by the president India in the official visit to Vietnam. The garden also has a pond of lotus which is abundant in Dong Thap Muoi (Mekong Delta) where Uncle Ho was born. Built in 2003, the 3.3m high and 1 ton weigh statue of Nguyen Tat Thanh is urrounded by green trees. 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

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, Saigon

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

Bodhi tree in the garden of 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

Tan Trao banyan tree in the garden of Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

Displayed artifacts

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City displays more than 11,372 artifacts and more than 3,300 book titles. The artifacts are divided into one thematic exhibition on the corridor, 2 topics in two rooms on the ground floor, 4 themes on the first floor. There is also a President Ho Chi Minh memorial room on the first floor.

The artifacts that make viewers deeply impressed are the shirt made of khaki fabric and the sandals made of old car tires. Although Uncle Ho was the president of Vietnam – the highest and most powerful position in the country, he lived as simply as a normal citizen. The most impressive to the viewer is the picture of Uncle Ho watering the Chrysophyllum cainito (vú sữa in Vietnamese) tree which was originated in Ca Mau Province, Mekong Delta, donated by Southern officials and soldiers in 1955. Uncle himself planted and cared it every day, this showed Uncle Uncle’s deep love for Southern people.

First floor:

Thematic exhibition – Nguyen Ai Quoc – Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese patriots in France

Photos and documents about Nguyen Ai Quoc – Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese patriots in France on the wall in the front corridor of the building

Books about Uncle Ho in a glass wardrobe

Books about Uncle Ho in a glass wardrobe

Overseas Vietnamese in Novelgeland presented the Peugeot car to President Ho Chi Minh in 1964 at ho chi minh museum, saigon

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

room of  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

The map about the life of Uncle Ho

scholars and patriots supporting 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 at Ho Chi MInh museum, ho chi minh city branch

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 at ho chi minh museum, Saigon

Overcoat presented to President Ho Chi Minh by Ho Chi Minh City United Vietnam group

President Ho Chi Minh's watering can presented by South Vietnam compatriots at ho chi minh museum, ho chi minh city

A can President Ho Chi Minh watering to the star apple plant presented by South Vietnam compatriots

mandolin and collection of song of tran kiet tuong at ho chi minh museum, ho chi minh city

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: “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

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 at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

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

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 at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

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 collection banknotes at ho chi minh museum, saigon

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 at uncle Ho's funeral

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 at ho chi minh museum, ho chi minh city

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

entrance to the room of Topic about Ho Chi Minh - the itinerary of age

The entrance to the room of Topic about Ho Chi Minh – the itinerary of age

map with itineraries where uncle ho traveled, from 1911 to 1941

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 at ho chi minh museum, saigon

Presents to Uncle Ho

Memory room of Ho Chi Minh President

Memory room of Ho Chi Minh President

Memory room of Ho Chi Minh President

Second floor

First theme: 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)

first theme Infant and young ages of President Ho Chi Minh at Ho Chi Minh museum, Ho Chi Minh City

President Ho Chi Minh paternal grandfather house in Lotus Hamlet

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)

 at Ho Chi Minh museum, Ho Chi Minh City

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)

 at Ho Chi Minh museum, Ho Chi Minh City

small bowl, chopstick, water container, printing rock, rulo use to print the "Independent Vietnam" newspaper

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

The victory of Dien Bien Phu statue in 1954 by author Nguyen Hai

The micro used by President Ho Chi Minh to deliver the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945 at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

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

Cooper pan – used president Ho Chi Minh at Viet Bac maquis

Reticule containing rice of President Ho Chi Minh at Viet Bac maquis at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

Reticule containing rice of President Ho Chi Minh at Viet Bac maquis

Fourth theme: President Ho Chi Minh leading socialist revolution in North Vietnam and fighting against U.S.A Invaders liberating South Vietnam and unifying the country (1954 – 1969)

typewriter President Ho Chi Minh used for years in Hanoi at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

The typewriter President Ho Chi Minh used for years in Hanoi

helmet President Ho Chi Minh used to wear during U.S. bomb raids in Hanoi at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

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 at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

President Ho Chi Minh’s spectacles

President Ho Chi Minh's color and black pencils at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

President Ho Chi Minh’s color and black pencils

Ho Chi Minh's favorite instrument daily exercises at Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

Ho Chi Minh’s favorite instrument daily exercises

Rattan walking stick of the President Ho Chi Minh and his hat

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

View of Saigon River from the second floor of Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh City Branch

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