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Vietnam History Museum - Saigon

| 15 Nov 2011
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Vietnam History Museum - Saigon
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - in botanic gardens
0800AM - 1100AM, 1.30PM - 4.30PM

Our rating
15 Nov 2011

Set in a stunning building in the French era botanic gardens, the museum covers the thousands of years of Vietnamese history the world doesn't know about. Unfortunately, the collection and the labelling are mediocre - leaving travellers not much wiser for a visit. Worth passing by for the gardens and a look at the architecture.

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Set in the Botanic Gardens in the centre of the city, the History Museum is worth a visit for its location and architecture as much as its collection. Built in 1929 in a style that fuses Asiatic and French influences, the building and the surrounding gardens provide an all too uncommon escape from the bustle of the city. Enjoy a walk in the gardens - but avoid the zoo if you have animal rights sensitivities.

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Photo: Mark BowyerHistory Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
The Museum's collection covers Vietnam's history from the Bronze Age and includes artefacts of the Cham and Khmer civilisations - the occupants of this part of Vietnam before annexation by the Viet people 300 years ago.

The collection seems modest and it is poorly labelled making comprehension a struggle unless you have a guide. If you are visiting Hanoi, the History Museum there is similarly spectacular with a far more extensive collection.

Come for a look at the building and a walk in the gardens at least!
Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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