One of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi and undoubtedly in the country, Ho Chi Minh museum is conveniently located in the Ho Chi Minh complex.
About Ho Chi Minh Museum
Address: 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
Opening hours: Everyday except for Monday and Friday, from 8:00-11:30 and from 14:00-16:30 Entrance fee: 10,000 (USD 0.50)
Ho Chi Minh Museum is situated in Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh district. The Museum was launched on May 19, 1990 on the occasion of solemnly celebrating the 100th birthday of Uncle Ho.
The monument aims to express the deep gratitude of Vietnamese people to the great contributions of their former President. Ho Chi Minh Museum is the largest museum in Vietnam. The Museum mainly focuses on displaying artifacts and documents about Ho Chi Minh's life and career.
The Museum was designed by á Russia designer, Garon Ixacovich. It has three floors with nearly 20 meters high and 30 meters long. It has the shape of an ethereal white lotus flower, which are reminiscent of Sen Village (Lotus Village), Hồ Chí Minh's hometown.
Next to the building, there is an artificial lake with a diameter of 18m making the scenes surrounding the Museum more vibrant.
One of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi and undoubtedly in the country, Ho Chi Minh museum is conveniently located in the Ho Chi Minh complex. It can be combined in your day trip to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, One-pillar Pagoda, Ba Dinh square and the War Memorial. The whole museum is a elaborate description of Ho Chi Minh’s life, with 8 chronological topics.
The first one, from 1890 to 1910 modeled after his upbringing, hometown and youth. The second topic concerns the next ten years where Ho Chi Minh travelled the world to find out a way to rescue the country from colonialism.
The next three topics, covering 1920-1945, depicted how Ho Chi Minh had translated the influence of Marxism and Leninism ideal into founding Vietnamese Communist party and striving for national independence. From 1945 to 1969, which was the time-frame portrayed in topic 6 and 7, the national hero was primarily discussed in his political life up until his pass away.
The museum is a collection of artifacts, miniatures and various gifts gathered nationally and internationally. There is also description written in English and France, as well as guided tours on request.
What guide book does not tell you about
Opposite to Ho Chi Minh Museum is a local market, taking place in a small alley visible from the entrance to the Museum. If you want to separate yourself from the tourist crowd, head to the market. There are a lot of food options on offer, from the famous Pho (Vietnamese noodles) and Che (Vietnamese pudding) to baguette and other local fares. Not only will you get a lunch deal, compared with what you would pay in the Old Quarter, but you will also have the unique chance to communicate with the “real” local.
Where to stay
Near the Ho Chi Minh Museum, hotels are plentiful. Hanoi Horison Hotel rooms start at $154 per night. Hanoi Hotel Hanoi rooms start at $102 per night. Hanoi Deawoo Hotel rooms start at $139 per night.