In Ho Chi Minh City, besides cultural and artistic sightseeing spots, there are many tourist attractions to learn about Vietnamese history, country and people. One of them is the War Remnants Museum, a bass note in the heart of the vibrant city.
Opening hours: 7:30 – 18:00
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC.
Entrance fee: 40,000 VND
The date of establishment and undergoing names
The museum was founded on September 4, 1975, with the name “American-puppet Crime Gallery”. On November 10, 1990, it was changed the name into “Demonstrator of aggressive war crimes”. By July 4, 1995 (a week before US President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam), the museum was renamed “War Remnants Museum” as it is today.
The architecture of the museum
The campus of the museum is about 2,000 square meters, consisting of an outdoor display area and indoor display area. The building was built according to the architecture of a museum. It is a building with a cube shape, large space convenient for exhibiting artifacts, pictures and document, avoiding natural light that can damage them.
What does the museum display?
War Remnants Museum is a thematic museum that studies, collects, stores, preserves, and displays documents, pictures, artifacts about war and the consequences of the wars of France, the USA, China, Khmer Rouge with Vietnam, especially, the war of the United States with Vietnam.
Outdoor display area displays all kinds of military transportation, weapons of the US such as jet, reconnaissance aircraft, helicopters, tanks, large guns, high-altitude guns, mortars and artillery shells, bombs. In addition, there are two models of detenting prisoners called “tiger cages”. They have the size of the real “tiger cages” in Con Dao. In the “tiger cages”, there is a true guillotine that has exited since Ngo Dinh Diem Time (1955-1963). All make a strong impression on viewers.
The indoor display area has more than 15,000 artifacts, pictures and thousands of meters of documentary films about the two periods of resistance against French and the US, the war on the protection of the northern border and the Southwestern border war. Pictures, documents in the war such as civilian massacres, spraying toxic chemicals in the South, bombing in the North, pictures, and torture tools really cause emotion to viewers.
At the Museum, there is a special gallery called “Memories”. This is also a gallery that attracts a lot of visitors, especially international visitors. A guide at the Museum said, “This recollection room is made by two authors, one is British and one is German with the aim of remembering their friends.
The museum also has a gallery of children’s paintings on the second floor named “White Doves”. This is the place to display the paintings drawn by the children with many topics such as love of the homeland, the country, love of grandparents, parents. Pictures show the simple dreams of children: living in a peaceful country, getting to go to school, being able to do favorite jobs. The lively, innocent drawings of children beside the sad pictures of war make visitors feel more about the pain of the loss of the war and the desire for peace of Vietnamese people.
What do visitors think when visiting the museum?
Visitors to the Museum have up to 70% foreigners. They came here to learn about the wars in Vietnam, to understand more about irreparable losses of the Vietnamese people. The general feeling of visitors is emotion and sympathy. Dozens of feeling books of visitors are also very precious and meaningful artifacts at the Museum. Among the thousands of emotion lines saved at the museum, a guest from Switzerland wrote: “I come from a beautiful country that never knew about war, have an opinion: All politicians and the leaders who are planning to the war and the people who involved in the war should visit the Museum. Hope they should reconsider! Peace, peace, peace.”
The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is the only museum in Vietnam to be included in the system of more than 60 Museums for Peace of the Organization for Cultural Science and Education of the United Nations. The War Remnants Museum is the place to call for world peace. The War Remnants Museum is one of the addresses of highly attractive tourist culture, gaining the trust of the domestical and international public.
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