Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

7th Military Zone Museum comprises of Southeastern Armed Forces Museum and Museum of Ho Chi Minh Campaign. While the Museum of Ho Chi Minh Campain is located right in the city center, Southeastern Armed Forces Museum is located near Tan Son Nhat Airport in Tan Binh District, which is about 8 km from the center. The whole artifacts, documents and photos in the museum focus on the process of formation and development of the armed forces of Southeast Vietnam. Every year, the museum welcomes millions of domestic and foreign visitors. Southeastern Armed Forces Museum is one of the Top 12 museums in Ho Chi Minh City and worth a visit.

General information

Open time: from Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 11:30, 13:00 – 16:30; opened on  Saturday and Sunday upon request

Address: 247 Hoang Van Thu Street, Ward 1, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The museum is located about 5 km from Ben Thanh Market and 1.8 km from Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Website: http://btlsqsvn.org.vn

Free entrance

Location

The museum is located at 247 Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. It is in the opposite of the headquarters of 7th Military Region (the former ARVN Joint General Staff compound).

History

The buildings of the museum were originally built for the American Community School in Saigon in 1958/9. However, when US dependents were ordered to leave South Vietnam in February 1965, the vacated buildings became available for use by the 3rd Field Hospital. The hospital was conveniently located near to Tan Son Nhut Air Base allowing for the transfer of casualties within South Vietnam and the medical evacuation of casualties to other US hospital facilities in the Pacific. The Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Military Zone 7 was established on 5 February 1988 on the site of the former U.S. 3rd Field Hospital.

Many visitors wonder which are included in the Southeastern area.  They are 9 Southeastern provinces and the South Central Coast: Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Binh Duong, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Long An, Lam Dong and Binh Thuan.

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

The facade of the Southeastern Armed Forces Museum is in yellow color and decorated with long red flags.

Display area

The museum has a total area of 2.5 hectares. The indoor and outdoor display areas house over 17,500 artifacts, documents and photos. The museum is divided into 5 departments: stateroom, 7th Military Zone in Anti-French Resistance War (1945 – 1954), 7th Military Zone in Resistance War against America (1954 – 1975), 7th Military Zone in Resistance War  in the development and protection of the nation and international duties (from 1975 until now), outdoor area.

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum planning model shows that the artifacts are housed in 2 buildings A and B, the main entrance is on Hoang Van Thu Street, the outdoor display area is in the front yard.

Outdoor display area

Outdoor display area has a green monument of 7th Military Zone including soldiers with weapons, a woman and a part of airplane. The monument was gifted to the museum by the government of Bien Hoa Province on 50th anniversary of People’s Army of Vietnam. In addition, the display area also introduces the weapons that the Southeast army used in the two wars and the weapons that the Southeast army obtained from the French, American and The Republic of Vietnam armies.

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum monument of 7th Military Zone

Monument of 7th Military Zone and the 122 mm cannon, supported the Vietnamese people by China during the anti – American resistance war, used by the Southeast Liberation troops in the Eastern battle fields and the historic Ho Chi Minh operation in 1975

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

No. 1: The cannon used in Vietnam aggressive War in 1858, finished out of Saigon River near Phu My bridge, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City by Mr. Dang Van Ly’s diver team in 2010. No. 2: The king of Nguyen’s cannon used in the anti-French resistence war, finished out of Saigon River near Phu My Bridge, District 2 by Mr. Dang Van Ly’s diver team in 2010. No. 3 and 4: The cannon made in France, used in Vietnam aggressive war at the end of the 19th century, finished out of Saigon River, Thu Thiem Harbor, An Phu Commune, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City on Dec 19th, 2993 by the divers from the Z1 mechanical enterprise of ships, the Technical Department of the 7th Military Zone. No. 5: the boiler of a French war sip, sunk in Saigon River more than hundred years ago, fished out of Saigon River, Thao Dien Commune, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City by Mr. Dang Van Ly’s diver team on April 20th, 1998.

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum outdoor display area

T54B Tank with the No. 960 by the Soviet Union’s aid (Russia) to Vietnam in 1971, equipped to the 10th Company, 2nd Battalion and 203th Regiment; High Command of Tank and Armor, then 26th Army Corps of Tank and Armor in the South East. It participated in many battles including the historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign.

Indoor display area

The indoor display area is divided into several rooms: stateroom, 7th Military Zone in Anti-French Resistance War (1945 – 1954), 7th Military Zone in Resistance War against America (1954 – 1975), 7th Military Zone in Resistance War  in the development and protection of the nation and international duties (from 1975 until now).

Stateroom

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Ho Chi Minh President statue

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Ho Chi Minh President statue with a red background with yellow cloud patterns. Next to the statue is the flags of the 7th Military Zone

7th Military Zone in Anti-French Resistance War (1945 – 1954)

Documents in the war including reports about the military activities in 1949 and plan of Southern Vietnam for 1950, report about Ben Cat campaign in 1950

Documents in the war including reports about the military activities in 1949 and plan of Southern Vietnam for 1950, report about Ben Cat campaign in 1950

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Ben Cat Campaign

Artifacts about Ben Cat Campaign in 1950

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum artifacts about 7th Military Zone around 1954

Artifacts about 7th Military Zone around 1954

7th Military Zone in Resistance War

Sewing machince used by family of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hau for sewing 2136 military uniforms and 230 underwear for soldiers of Tay Ninh Province in 1961 - 1965 period

Sewing machince used by family of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hau for sewing 2136 military uniforms and 230 underwear for soldiers of Tay Ninh Province in 1961 – 1965 period

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Phuoc Thanh Victory 1961

Map about Phuoc Thanh Victory 8th September 1961

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum map of Binh Gia Victory from 2nd December 1964 to 3rd January 1965

Map of Binh Gia Victory from 2nd December 1964 to 3rd January 1965

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Tet Offensive 1968 Campaign

Map of Tet Offensive 1968 Campaign

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum Artifacts including photos, weapons used around 1975

Artifacts including photos, weapons used around 1975

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

Pots, apothecary mortar used by oriental medication group of region in 1965-1975 period, sedge basket, vessel of rice, cast iron pan used by Mother Ba in Thanh My Commune, Vam Co District for cooking rice to nousish cardres and soldiers during the war against American invaders, Ammunition case of heavy machine gun used to put ammunition into and hid underground

Southeastern Armed Forces Museum electronics items of enemies

Collection of electronics items from enemies

Collection of primitive weapons at Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

Collection of primitive weapons

Traps used in Vietnam War at Southeastern Armed Forces Museum

Traps used in the Vietnam War

7th Military Zone in Resistance War  in the development and protection of the nation and international duties (from 1975 until now)

Photos of activities of 7th Military Zone from 1976 to 2008

Photos of activities of 7th Military Zone from 1976 to 2008

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