Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution

Unsurprisingly, Vietnam takes its revolutionary foundations very much to heart. They're shown off and commemorated in the national Revolution Museum in central Hanoi.
Vietnam Museum of Revolution Statue and Artillery
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Unsurprisingly, Vietnam takes its revolutionary foundations very much to heart. They’re shown off and commemorated in the national Museum of the Vietnamese Museum in downtown Hanoi.

Established in 1959 and apparently only infrequently updated since, the museum is a charming clash of ideas and history. It’s housed in a yellow colonial-style building that once served as the Trade Department Building in the Tong Dan area, just a block from Hanoi’s opera house. Its wide, tiled corridors are right out of 1950s Western government bureaucracy. Glass showcases have everything from weapons and flags used by revolutionaries on the front lines to propaganda posters to the everyday utensils used by Vietnamese peasants. There are statues of Ho Chi Minh the scholar, Ho Chi Minh the statesmen, and various other revolutionary leaders like Tran Phy.

This is very much a museum of artifacts. And many of those artifacts are fascinating. But iIt aims for a much less emotional pitch than the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, and the artifacts don’t fully convey the raw zeal that powered the revolution.

Photos of the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution

Vietnam Museum of Revolution Exterior of Building
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution American Bomb
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Dao Van Can Statue
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Windows and Corridor
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Statue of Woman and Soldier
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Exhibit Case
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Argriculture and Technology
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Ho Chi Minh Exhibit
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Exhibit Wall
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Dien Bien Phu Exhibit
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Guns and Weapons
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Exhibit
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution statue
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Vietnam Museum of Revolution Uncle Ho Statue
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What to Know Before You Go

The Vietnam Revolutionary Museum is a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake‘s southeast corner.

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Travel Advice for Vietnam

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Vietnam (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

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