The National Museum of Vietnamese History is located at the back of the renowned Hanoi Opera House, at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The museum is housed in a colonial French building. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam's history with a range of displays of main period.
This museum was built in 1926 under the name Louis Finot Museum and finish in 1932. This museum used to be the museum of the Research Institute for Far-East history under French colonial rule. After being taken over by Vietnamese Government, its name was changed into Museum of Vietnam History and opened to the public from 3 September 1958.
What to see
The museum accounts for 2,000m2 in total and provides a great overview of the history of Vietnam based on the chronological sequence. Museum of Vietnam history includes two floors, and all the displays are divided into 10 different Vietnamese historical sections. The periods are arranged from the prehistoric era to the day when President Ho Chi Minh read out the Declaration of Independence.
There are more than 7,000 precious objects, some aged thousand years old which represent the cultural diversity of Vietnam. This is the place the visitors use full of their imaginational ability to understand the meanings of each objects and also explore the different historical developing periods of Vietnam.