National museum of Vietnamese history is in a building that used to be the museum of the Far East Research Institute under French colonial rule, today; it is a museum showcasing Vietnam’s history with very large displays covering every period. It is housed in a colonial French building which was completed in 1932. The building, designed by the architect Ernest, is considered a successful blend of French colonial and traditional Vietnamese architecture, called Indochina architecture.
The National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi is the best example of country’s log history, the museum is house of the one of Vietnam’s most resourceful pieces of French era architecture, the National Museum of Vietnamese History is home to the finest collection of artifacts from both Vietnam’s ancient and the recent history and this museum is focused on concentrating on Vietnam’s 2oth century evolution, the presentation is refreshingly contemporary although exhibits lack context and detailed information in English.
Highlights of the visit to the Museum of Vietnamese history in Hanoi include a collection of Dong Son drums, artifacts from central Vietnam from the Cham kingdom as well as costumes and other pieces from Nguyen Dynasty. The Bronze Age Dong Son civilization flourished around Thanh Hoa province not far from Hanoi for 1000 years from around 1200BC and their stunning drums depict life and nature of the time using advanced casting techniques. The Dong Son drum is frequently used as a contemporary symbol of Vietnamese culture and civilization.
Also, the museum is a showcase for pieces from Vietnam’s royal dynasties – the most extensive being from the final Nguyen Dynasty which ended in 1945.
Address: 1 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi.
Entrance fee: 20.000 VND + separate ticket for camera
Opening hours: 08:00 to 11:30 AM and 13:130 to 16:30