War Remnants Museum in Hochiminh City, must to see

The French guillotine
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War Remnants Museum in Hochiminh City

Saigon is very young city ( around 300 years old ) so if you are searching for something very old, i scare that you are going to be upsaid. But the contemporant history of this city are very interesting to see. The best place that i advice you, is War Remnants Museum. 

Located at No. 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho ChiMinh City, very close to the city center ( see in the map ) the “War Remnants Museum” is a must for most travelers in Vietnam, especially those who are interested in the history of Vietnam.

Originally called the ” Museum of War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Governmentof South Vietnam”, ( very long name -))) )  it is one of the most visited museums in Vietnam. This museum was opened in September 1975, a few months after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

 The French guillotine
The French guillotine
Photo of the My Lai massacre taken by the U.S. military - photographer Ronald Haeberle
Photo of the My Lai massacre taken by the U.S. military – photographer Ronald Haeberle

The museum brings you back to the Vietnam war time by his speciale atmosphere,  as we can find war welfares as tanks, helicopters, a French guillotine, a tiger cage and guns in the South Vietnam. The main part of Museum is full of old pictures depicting the horrors of war. For a better visit way, I advise you to start with the last stages where is explained the chronology of two decades of war that  Vietnamese have been suffering , since the proclamation of the independence of Vietnam by Ho ChiMinh in 1945, up the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 1973 and the end of South Goverment in 4 /1975.

All these pictures of battlefields, the result of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people but also peace posters, photographs of events, administrative paperwork displayed in the museum were able to make the world aware of what was happening in Vietnam .

Some Practical Information:

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: 00 84 08 93 06 325
Hours: Open daily from 7:30 to 11:45 and 13:30 to 17:15.
Admission: € 0.50 (15 000 VND) entry.
Warning: Some pictures are shocking.