National Museum of Vietnamese History Travel Information


National Museum Description:

Originally built in 1926 as the Museum of the Far East Research Institute during the colonial French era, The National Museum of Vietnamese History was christened in 1958 as a repository of the country’s rich culture and history.

The building was created by the French architect Ernest Hebrard, who combined Chinese and French architectural styles to create the structure’s striking edifice. Originally devoted to collections of pan-Asian arts, the museum was converted to a repository of national Vietnamese history by the Vietnamese Government after the country’s Communist Revolution.

The main exhibitions catalogue some 7,000 artifacts stretching sequentially from 300,000 B.C. to the August 1945 Communist Revolution across two floors. The well-tended displays showcase objects from China, Japan, France, and Thailand - all countries with decades of militaristic presence inside Vietnam - as well as Vietnamese historical artifacts.

Best Time to Visit National Museum:

Hanoi is an excellent year-round destination for sightseeing. The days between February and April are humid and there are often light rains. Between May and August the temperatures rise steadily, and it’s not uncommon for short, heavy rain to fall. Hanoi’s fall, September to November, is typically dry with balmy temperatures and coincides with the city’s busiest tourist season. The winter, December to January, is cool and dry.

How to get to National Museum:

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is centrally located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake. The museum can easily be reached by guests on our luxury tours of Vietnam using our private vehicle service while enjoying Hanoi’s rich blend of ancient and modern architectural styles.

National Museum Highlights:

Vietnam is a country with a rich and complex historical tapestry. Hanoi, the country’s capital, has stood for almost a thousand years, and bares the marks of numerous empires and kingdoms throughout the ages. We highly recommend guests traveling with us on Vietnam tours use the chance to add historical context to their travels in the country.

Appropriate Attire :

Western-style clothing is fine inside the museum.