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Dien Bien Phu Museum

| 28 Aug 2017


Dien Bien Phu Museum
7 May St, Dien Bien Phu
08.00 - 11.30 13.30 - 1700

Our rating
28 Aug 2017

The museum dedicated to telling the incredible story of the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu is a disappointment. Nonetheless, it's the only museum in town and shouldn't be missed. A fancy new building was inaugurated a few years ago but the collection and presentation didn't change much unfortunately.

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Although a fairly lacklustre tribute to one of the great moments of Vietnamese and twentieth century history, the Dien Bien Phu Museum is where the story of the battle is told. The formula will be familiar if you've visited other Vietnamese museums: lots of photos, various objects from the battle and minimal contextual information. The story goes largely untold but you will get a sense of the heroic effort of the Viet Minh in positioning huge guns in the mountains that first shocked, and then overwhelmed the French forces in the valley. There's also a large diorama of the battle field and the battle's progress.

Outside there's a collection of French and US military junk. The US was already deeply involved in Vietnam by 1954, financing much of the French campaign and providing weapons and materiel.

Travel tips
The museum is close by both Eliane - A1 Hill and the Dien Bien Phu cemetery.

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