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Vietnam National Museum of History

General Introduction

Welcome to the Vietnam National Museum of History!

The Vietnam National Museum of History was established under Decision No. 1674/QĐ-TTg dated 26 September 2011 of the Prime Minister on the basis of the amalgamation of the National Museum of Vietnamese History and the National Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution. The Museum is located in the heart of Hanoi close to many sacred relics such as: Turtle Tower - Hoàn Kiếm Lake; Thê Húc Bridge - Ngọc Sơn Temple – Bút Tháp Tower. The Vietnam National Museum of History is a place to preserve, display, and introduce Vietnamese history from prehistoric to present through a system of extremely rich and valuable documents and artifacts, including many National Treasures.

The Vietnam National Museum of History is a public service unit under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is at the forefront of the system of Vietnam's history-society museums. The Museum has the function of researching, excavating, collecting, storing, inventorying, preserving, displaying, introducing, and promoting the value of documents and artifacts related to the Vietnamese historical process. In addition, the Museum also organizes activities for training, consulting, assessing, appraising, managing, and exploring services within the scope of museum operation. The Museum is a legal entity, has its own seal, account and independent cost accounting. The international transaction name is: Vietnam National Museum of History (abbreviated as VNMH).

The Vietnam National Museum of History stores and preserves about 200,000 objects and materials of Vietnamese cultural history among which there are nearly 110,000 antiques and 19 national treasures from prehistory to 1945. There are rare and valuable collections representing the history and culture of Vietnam such as: archaeological artifacts from Early Paleolithic Age to Metal Age; a collection of Dong Son culture; a collection of Vietnamese traditional glazed ceramics; bronze items of the Lê - Nguyễn dynasties; Champa stone sculptures; a collection of foreign ceramics originating from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.

In the historical period from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, there are more than 80,000 documents and artifacts relating to the Revolutionary history, the Communist Party of Vietnam, the President Ho Chi Minh and leaders of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

At present, the VNMH has two permanent exhibitions at two different locations: the first one at No. 1 Trang Tien street - Hanoi, showing the history of Vietnam from prehistory to the end of the Nguyen Dynasty (1945); the latter at No.216 Tran Quang Khai Street - Hanoi, expressing the history of Vietnam from the mid-19th century to present. The new construction of the VNMH has been underway for years in the western side of the West Lake. This is expected to be a modern museum with world-class standards.

The VNMH is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the founding member of the Asian National Museums Association (ANMA). The Museum regularly implements international cooperative programs with nearly 30 museums in Southeast Asia and around the world. In 2013, the VNMH hosted the 4th ANMA Conference (held in Hanoi in October, 2013).

The VNMH has received many noble awards from the Communist Party and the Government, including: 1 Ho Chi Minh Medal, 3 Independence Medals, 5 Labor Medals.

Upon arrival at the VNMH, visitors will experience outstanding representations about the history and culture of Vietnam as well as the heroic tradition of the Vietnamese people that was formed during the process of constructing and defending the country.

Thank you for coming to the Vietnam National Museum of History!

Vietnam National Museum of History