What are beautiful museums in Hanoi you should visit? Unlike a dynamic and young Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi is acknowledged as a peaceful city with the old style architectural structures. Hanoi capital – the heart of Vietnamese people, is the place bearing the essence of the nation. People say that, if you want to know the process of formation and development of a country, then you should go to visit the museums in that country. This following article will give you a list of the most beautiful museums in Hanoi, reflects the development of Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general.
1) Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum is the most important historical-cultural relics of Hanoi capital and Vietnam, designed by a Russian architect and built with the help of people of the Soviet Union. The construction was inaugurated on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Uncle Ho’s birth. It is a place to visit and learn about the career and life of revolutionary activities through documents and objects of President Ho Chi Minh – the hero of Vietnam’s national liberation and world cultural celebrity. Ho Chi Minh Museum is now attracting more and more domestic and foreign visitors, scholars, scientists and researchers who visit to study about Uncle Ho. This is one of the beautiful museums in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh Museum is not only a great architectural work, an invaluable asset of Vietnamese people but also a connection of thousand-year-cultural-tradition and gratitude of the whole nation for a great man.
The first area of the museum is the bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh, this is the place holding solemn rituals. In the museum, there are many works of art, reproducing the traditional struggle to build and protect the country of Vietnamese people. The museum’s gallery introduces documents, artifacts and images about the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh. The next area is the exhibition about the struggle and victory of Vietnamese nation. The final area presents several historical events that have affected the revolutionary life of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam Revolution.
– Adress: No. 19 Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
– Opening hours: from 08:00 am to 12:00 am and 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm (Monday to Friday: 8:00 to 12:00)
– Ticket price:
Domestic tourists: Free
Foreigners: about $2/per person.
2) Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Next in the list of beautiful museums in Hanoi is Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. When visiting the museum, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam with a variety of cultural features.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology has become an attractive destination for domestic and foreign visitors by its simple exhibits, reflecting all aspects of tangible and intangible culture, typical features of life and creativity of ethnic groups in Vietnam.
With the layout, exhibiting artifacts in a scientific way, combined with activities to create open space for museums such as water puppet performances, crafts demonstrations, festivals …, this museum has created new emotions for visitors.
The museum is divided into three main galleries. Kettledrum (Trong Dong) building has two areas, one area displays by theme and the rest area introduces the identity of 54 ethnic groups. The second exhibit area is the outdoor gallery. This is a green garden in which there are 10 folk works with different types of architecture. The final area is the Southeast Asian exhibit, which displays artifacts and images of Southeast Asian art.
The museum opens from 8:30am to 05:30pm weekdays (except Monday), ticket price is roughly $2/an adult, $0.5/a child.
3) Vietnamese Women’s Museum
Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a place to display and reproduce the image of the symbol of Vietnamese women from ancient to modern. All images and costumes are typical features of Vietnamese women. With modern design, eye-catching display, rich content, Vietnamese Women’s Museum is regarded as one of the attractive tourist attractions, bringing honest views about the Vietnamese women. There is no doubt that Vietnamese women museum is so impressive and one of the most beautiful museums in Hanoi.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum has unique arch architecture. Right in the entrance hall is a statue called “Vietnamese Mother”, depicting the image of a woman supporting her son on the shoulders. The second floor of the museum is a place to display the artifacts associated with the life of Vietnamese women such as work tools, jewelry … In addition, this floor also displays the artifacts left in the war, demonstrating the resilience and bravery of Vietnamese women. The third floor presents the gifts of international friends donating to the Vietnam Women’s Union. The fourth floor is the introduction of Vietnamese women’s clothing throughout the long history.
This museum reflects the contributions of Vietnamese women in history and contemporary life, each of which is associated with a true story. The content is humanistic, demonstrating the real image of women in life.
The Museum often organizes public programs, educational activities and cultural exchanges festival between the public and Vietnamese women and foreign women in order to attract tourists.
– Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
– Opening time: Everyday, from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.
– Phone: 024 3825 9936
4) Hanoi Museum
Hanoi Museum situated on Pham Hung Street, next to the Vietnam National Convention Center. From a long distance, Hanoi Museum impresses with the modern architecture including four floors and two basements. Hanoi Museum is an interplay between traditional and contemporary art, deserves a look of a landmark cultural heritage of Hanoi – the capital of thousand years of civilization. This museum is considered one of the beautiful designs completed on the occasion of the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi, deserves a cultural symbol that contributes to the cultural value of the capital. This is a new and one of the beautiful museums in Hanoi.
Coming to the museum, visitors can go up by elevator or by stairs designed to a circular spiral that connects all four floors. This design not only brings convenience to visitors but also expresses the idea of Hanoi: the city is surrounded by rivers and associated with Co Loa as well as the image of Thang Long- flying dragon. On the first floor, visitors will come to the area exhibiting national treasures recognized. These are valuable objects for studying, learning history and social culture through different periods of Hanoi capital.
The gallery on the second floor of the Hanoi Museum includes a variety of animal and plant samples as well as rare objects of the history of Hanoi. Visitors will appreciate the valuable antiques of Vietnam and the artifacts in the years of heroic struggle of the Vietnamese nation on the third floor. Finally, the last floor (the fourth floor) is the space for displaying traditional products from traditional handicraft villages or foreign objects.
– Opening hours: from 08:00 am to 11:30 am, 01:30 pm – 05:30 pm
– Address: Pham Hung, Me Tri, Nam Tu Liem, Ha Noi
5) National Museum of Vietnamese History
We can not forget National museum of history in the list of most beautiful museums in Hanoi that tourists should visit. This museum maintains and demonstrates the history of Vietnam from prehistory to today in a complete, continuous and comprehensive manner. Based on the merger of Vietnam History Museum and Vietnam Revolutionary Museum; National Museum of Vietnamese History is a cultural project located in Hoan Kiem district, the capital of Hanoi.
The museum’s display system of approximately 2000 m² is divided into several spaces for thematic tours and historical chronology. The first floor exhibits prehistoric Vietnamese artifacts (30-40 thousand years ago), among them, the object appealing most of interest is the Ngoc Lu bronze drum. On the second floor of the museum, there are antiques of the Vietnamese dynasties. The artifacts here are decorated beautifully, divided into phases, having English translations and some are translated into French.
The National Museum of Vietnamese History is a place to preserve and display ancient artifacts and learn the human values of the ancient culture.
– Address: No 214, Tran Quang Khai, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
– Opening time: Everyday, from 08:00 am to 12:00 am, 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm.