Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi

| 27 Nov 2016
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Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, South of Ho Chi Minh
08:00-12:00, 14:00-16:30 - Monday and Friday - 08:00 - 12:00

Our rating
27 Nov 2016

There may be museums dedicated to Ho Chi Minh in cities and towns across the country, but this is the definitive effort, set in Ba Dinh Square. We think it's one of the most interesting museums in the country.

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Such is Ho Chi Minh's role in Vietnam's national story, there is a Ho Chi Minh Museum in every town of any scale across the country. A student of propaganda might be inclined to visit several. Most travellers though will be content to get their dose of the great man's story here, alongside his mausoleum and house on stilts in Hanoi, his capital.

Photo: Mark BowyerHo Chi Minh Museum

The none too subtle Soviet hand is visible all over Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Museum was the Soviet Union's parting gesture of international socialist fraternity before it self-destructed in 1989. As with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the museum's designers claim curiously to have been inspired by the lotus flower, in the creation of their structure.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum is unique in Vietnam in scale and in the style of its presentation. Like most museums in the country, it leaves foreign visitors hungry for more information.

Still, its presentations are eye catching, provocative, and more modern than most in Vietnam. It entertains even where it often fails to inform. 


Travel tips
Note that the museum is only open mornings Monday and Friday - and they have a long lunch. Dubious have the prime parking spaces near the museum. Avoid them and hail a metered taxi.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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