Museum of Ho Chi Minh City


Situated on Ly Tu Trong not far from Bin Thanh market, this is an interesting museum well within walking distance of Pham Ngu Lau.

The museum contains displays and artifacts regarding important periods of communist history in Vietnam, as well as displays on such varied subjects as Buddhism, archeology, the economy and wedding ceremonies in Vietnam.

Museum of Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Museum of Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon

Upstairs, the displays largely cover the anti French resistance between 1930 and 1954, highlighting how urban movements developed in Saigon as a response to French Colonial Rule, and the effect these movements had in destabilizing French colonial rule.

Also upstairs are displays regarding Vietnamese resistance against the Americans.

These displays contain various collections of weapons used by the Vietnamese forces to fight the Americans, as well as U.S. medals and other such items.

However for me the most interesting items in the museum's collection were two wooden river boats dating way back to the 13 century.

Long and thin in shape, these boats were used by locals to travel and transport items up and down river.

Both boats were found in the Saigon River in Thu Duc Ward.

The building itself was built between 1885 and 1809 and used as the Cochin-china governor's palace.

Designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux, the building has had many owners over the years, ranging from the Japanese Governor Yoshida Minoda during the Second World War, to the last Vietnamese king, King Bao Dai.

Outside the building there are a couple of old American aircraft, as well as an American Tank and a Huey UH-1 Helicopter.

The outside garden area is quite well maintained and is a popular place for young couples to come and have their wedding pictures taken. When I last visited we counted about 6 couples having their pictures taken in the hour or so that we stayed at the museum.

65 Ly Tu Trong, Dist 1
Tel: 829 9741
Times: 8:00 - 4pm

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