As you approach the grand, colonial edifice in which this museum is housed, you might have big expectations of the displays inside, recounting the short but turbulent history of this city. However, you'd probably be disappointed as the unexciting exhibits are dimly lit and English explanations not very clear. The ground floor covers the city's geographical setting and archaeological artifacts, as well as its importance as a port for developing trade and examples of local handicrafts such as weaving looms. Upstairs is all about war, neatly dividing the conflicts with the French and Americans into two separate halls. Here you'll see items such as bicycles that were pushed along jungle trails with supplies for the resistance movement. In the grounds outside are planes and tanks from the American War, as well as a few classic old cars that are a favorite prop of wedding photographers. In fact, you might even arrive during a photo shoot, as it's such a popular backdrop for marrying couples.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City› Attraction
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
65 Lu Tu Trong, District 1
Our Rating Neighborhood One block west of Dong Khoi Hours Daily 8am–5pm Phone 08/3829-9741 Prices Admission 15,000d Web site Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Map65 Lu Tu Trong, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
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