The National Museum of Vietnam History was early founded on the material basis of the Louis Finot, a museum of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient which was built in 1926 and completed in 1932. In 1958, the Vietnam Government officially took over this cultural building and started to research, collect and supplement materials and objects, converting the contents from eastern arts into national history museum in Hanoi. On 3 September 1958, the National Museum of Vietnam History was officially opened for visitors.
– The main exhibition system is the vivid historical book of Vietnamese nation from the prehistory (about 300,000-400,000 years) to the August 1945 Revolution. With an exhibition area of over 2,200 square meters and nearly 7,000 original artifacts, the main exhibition system is arranged chronologically. The main language of expression is the abundant collection of objects, combining the presentation of historical stages and events and the open exhibition, so it’s easy to update new artifacts, attracting visitors to the History Museum Hanoi.
The basic storehouses now keep more than 100,000 specimens and artifacts of different materials, including many rare and valuable items, especially the collections of objects dating back the ancients cultures (Hoa Binh – Bac Son, Dong Son), Vietnamese ancient glazed ceramics, Champa stone sculptures, bronze items under the Le-Nguyen Dynasties. Over the past years, the basic warehouses have been supplemented with many new collections from Central Vietnam, Central Highlands, South Vietnam and the old shipwreck near Cu Lao Cham Island. The basic warehouses are scientifically arranged and updated to be the best sample for other museums throughout Vietnam.
– The external affairs are always promoted to strengthen the exchange and cooperation with other museums and cultural organizations in the world. The History Museum Hanoi has frequently exchanged professional publications with over 100 counterparts and actively participated in international scientific seminars, such as “Socio-cultural development in the context of economic growth in Asia, 1994”, “Preservation of archaeological artifacts, 1996”, “The role of museums in the 21st century, 1997”.
– During its formation and development, the National Museum of Vietnam History has become a big cultural and scientific center of the country. Dozens of millions of people throughout the country and hundreds of thousands of international visitors from all continents have arrived the History Museum Hanoi and expressed their good sentiments and impressions on the historical of the Vietnamese nation in many visitors’ books.
Good to know
The History Museum Hanoi is open all day of the week, except on the first Monday of the month. If the public holidays in the year coincide on Monday, the display system remains open for visitors.
Admission fee is applied to the entrance of the two display area of the National Museum of History at 1, Trang Tien Street (An exhibition of Vietnamese history in the ancient period), and 216 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hoan Kiem District., Hanoi (showcase history of Vietnam in modern era), specifically: 40,000vnd/person.
Camera use: 30,000vnd/camera.