National Museum of Vietnamese History is located in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi, Vietnam. It began to be built in 1926 and was completed in 1932. The building was used to be the museum of the Far East Research Institute under French colonial rule (École française d'Extrême-Orient EFEO). From the year 1958, it was renamed to National Museum of Vietnamese History and has been open to tourists since 1920.
There are four maps on the wall of the hall of the National Museum of Vietnamese History, including the relief map of Vietnam, the natural resource map of Vietnam, the distribution map of the ethnic groups in Vietnam and the location map of Vietnam in Southeast Asia. These four maps show the territorial integrity, various landforms, many kinds of and evenly distributed mineral resources of Vietnam. There are altogether 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The location of Vietnam is quite important, because it is very convenient to go to different regions in South Asia even in the world from Vietnam. There are a large number of items on display there, including some objects dating back to Neolithic Period, tools dating back to the Bronze Age, bronze drums made in the Mgoc Lu Age and Mieu Mon Age, remains of Chams, stone pillars, potteries and the sculptures of Goddess of Mercy with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes.
National Museum of Vietnamese History is one of the most magnificent buildings in Hanoi. It combines the architectural style of China in the east and that of France in the west. National Museum of Vietnamese History aims to introduce the ancient history of Vietnam. In the museum, tourists can learn about some ancient imperial edict of the emperor of Vietnam and some official document of the royal or imperial court, both of which were written in Chinese. The architectural style of the ancient furniture and the style of works of art in Vietnam are quite similar to those of China. There is a large number of collections in National Museum of Vietnamese History, showing the long and turbulent history of Vietnam from the Paleolithic Period.
Opening Time: from 8:00 to 11:00, from 13:00 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday every week
Ticket Price: 10,000 VND