Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam




War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan Street. Open: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission:
 15,000 dong. 
The initial museum opened in a hurry, less than five months after the fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975. It later moved to its current premise and is 
a short walk from the Reunification Palace. The museum comprises of three floors of exhibits and various U.S. military hardware including tanks, jets, helicopters and howitzers on display outside the building.
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Disturbing display of man's cruelty during the Vietnam (American) War includes halls full of gruesome photographs, a simulated "tiger cage" prison and jars of deformed foetuses attributed to contamination by Agent Orange. An exhibit on the third floor tells the story of war journalists from all over the world who documented and often disappeared or died during the war. Watch out for the amputees who will try and sell you their wares.

War Remnants Museum by KenWalker

Museum of Vietnamese History
Intersection of Le Duan Street and Nguyen Binh Khiem (inside the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens).
The museum covers Vietnamese history over several centuries. The museum has a collection of Vietnamese antiquities including those from the Khmer and Cham civilisation such as ceramics, weaponry and costumes. R
ead up on Vietnamese history before coming here or you'll have no idea what you're looking at. There is also a three-row water puppet theatre inside the museum. Outside, the Botanical Gardens is a nice and good place for cheap lunch.

Museum of Vietnamese History by Eternal Dragon

Fine Arts Museum
97 Pho Duc Chinh, District 1.
Ho Chi Minh City's Fine Arts Museum is housed in a  building designed with Chinese influence. It is a major art museum in the city and second only to Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi. The museum occupies thre floors and home to an interesting collection of Vietnamese and foreign artwork including oil paintings, woodcut paintings, enamel-ware, 
silk paintings, ceramics and sculptures. There are also more recent Vietnamese artworks for sale at reasonable prices.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Corner of Ly Tu Trọng and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Streets in District 4. Open: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: 10,000 dong.
The museum is housed in a French colonial-era building and once the residence of senior French officials and South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. The museum is devoted to the father of modern day Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. Some may find the theme here a little jingoistic but like most things it depends upon your point of view. There's also a Ho Chi Minh book shop. 

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Ho Chi Minh City
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