The Southeastern Armed Forces Museum is also called the 7th Military Zone Museum. 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 welcomed millions of domestic and foreign tourists.
Open time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 8:00 – 11:30, 13:00 – 16:30
Address: 247 Hoang Van Thu Street, Ward 1, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Entrance fee: 40,000 VND (foreigner), 20,000 VND (Vietnamese)
The museum is located at 247 Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. It is opposite the headquarters of 7th Military Region (the former ARVN Joint General Staff compound). The campus has the area of 22,000 m2. The display is divided into 2 area: outdoor display area and indoor display one.
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 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.
1. Outdoor display area
Outdoor display area has the monument system of relics that summarizes the local history and landscapes, historical and cultural relics of the 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). 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.
2. Indoor display area
The interior display area is divided into several rooms:
– Central showroom displaying on the Southeastern Armed Forces for 30 years of war (1945-1975).
– Thematic showroom about the tunnels in the Eastern South (1945-1975).
– The showroom specializing in Southeastern Logistics (1945-1989).
– The showroom dedicating to the Southern Film Resistance (1948-1975).
– The showroom specializing in the Command of the Liberation Army of South Vietnam (1961-1975).
– Thematic showroom of the Armed Forces of Military Region 7 to perform international duties and protect the Southwestern National Border (1945-1975).
– Exhibition hall of self-created weapons of the Southern army (1945-1975).
– Gallery of Hoang Sa, Truong Sa of Vietnam with historical and legal evidence.
Both display areas have over 17,500 artifacts, documents and photos.
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