Hanoi, Vietnam




Vietnamese Women's Museum
36 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hoan Kiem District (1 km South of Hoan Kiem Lake). Open: Tue-Sun from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: 30,000 dong.
This often overlooked museum 
is well laid out with information in Vietnamese, English and French about the fearsome female heroines of Vietnamese history. There are also exhibits on rituals and traditions surrounding women in the family, as well as a beautifully presented collection of intricate hand-made ethnic costumes.
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Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. Open: Tue-Sun from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm. Admission: 20,000 dong.
Only party-approved socialist art is shown here and most of the rooms have a small board (
in Vietnamese, French and English) explaining the history, aesthetics and techniques of the exhibits. It is an interesting museum at any rate, with exhibits such as pictures of soldiers on boats depicted on prehistoric bronze drums, Buddhist art, revolutionary art of 20th century wars and some interesting silk paintings.

Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution
25 Tong Dan St. Open: Tue-Sun from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Admission: 10,000 dong
This museum gives a very informed and detailed account of the Vietnamese struggle, first against the French and then against the Americans and ending in April 1975. The museum is housed in a building designed by architect Ernest Hebrard and completed in 1932. The building is a successful blend between the colonial French architecture and traditional Vietnamese architecture.

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Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen St (Cau Giay District). Open: Tue-Sun from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: 5,000 dong for foreigners.
The museum is devoted to the culture and ritual practices of the various ethnic groups in Vietnam. One of the key attractions is the open-air exhibition, with houses of various ethnic groups and "inhabitants" in their ethnic costumes. The museum features explanations of the exhibits in Vietnamese, French and English. It also houses an excellent chocolate and baguette cafe at reasonable prices.

National Museum of Vietnamese History
1 Trang Tien St. Open: From 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is a collection from Vietnamese history from about 1,000 years back until 1945. Many antiques along with replicas where the originals are in situ. 

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