The National Museum of Vietnamese History is located in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi, Vietnam, was early founded on the material basis of the Louis Finot, a museum of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient which was built in 1926 and completed in 1932.
In 1958, the Vietnam Government officially took over this cultural building and started to research, collect and supplement materials and objects, converting the contents from eastern arts into national history. On 3 September 1958, the National Museum of Vietnam History was officially opened for visitors. Its architect, Ernest Hebrard, was among the first in Vietnam to incorporate a blend of Chinese and French design elements.
The main exhibition system is the vivid historical book of Vietnamese nation from the prehistory (about 300,000-400,000 years) to the August 1945 Revolution. With an exhibition area of over 2,200 square meters and nearly 7,000 original artifacts, the main exhibition system is arranged chronologically. The main language of expression is the abundant collection of objects, combining the presentation of historical stages and events and the open exhibition, so it’s easy to update new artifacts, attracting visitors. Besides, the Museum regularly organizes topical exhibitions and equips a system of modern screens and displays to provide vivid images and exact scientific data to meet the increasing demands of visitors and researchers.
The basic storehouses now keep more than 100,000 specimens and artifacts of different materials, including many rare and valuable items, especially the collections of objects dating back the ancients cultures (Hoa Binh-Bac Son, Dong Son), Vietnamese ancient glazed ceramics, Champa stone sculptures, bronze items under the Le-Nguyen Dynasties. Over the past years, the basic warehouses have been supplemented with many new collections from Central Vietnam, Central Highlands, South Vietnam and the old shipwreck near Cu Lao Cham Island. The basic warehouses are scientifically arranged and updated to be the best sample for other museums throughout Vietnam.
During its formation and development, the National Museum of Vietnam History has become a big cultural and scientific center of the country. Dozens of millions of people throughout the country and hundreds of thousands of international visitors from all continents have arrived the Museum and expressed their good sentiments and impressions on the historical of the Vietnamese nation in many visitors’ books.
Address: No.1 Pham Ngu Lao, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: Morning 8 to 12 and afternoon 13: 30 to 17: 30
***The Museum opens everyday (except the first Monday of every month).
Tel: (84-4) 38241384 – 38257753
Fax: (84-4) 38252853
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