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Vietnam National Museum of History

Special Exhibition

In addition to permanent exhibition, every museum organizes special exhibitions (or temporary exhibitions). This is a very important form of exhibition which enriches, diversifies and "renews" the museum activities. While the permanent exhibition introduces the overall and general contents which reflect the philosophy and nature of each museum, the special exhibition focuses on a specific topic and provides the public with more abundant and diversified information than the permanent exhibition. The special exhibition also reflects the results of museum’s professional activities and serves the political tasks of the Government in each period of revolutionary history. Thus, this kind of exhibition is frequently varied and renewed to meet the public’s needs step by step.

Together with the permanent exhibition system at two locations: No. 1 Trang Tien and No. 216 Tran Quang Khai, the VNMH has annually organized or co-organized special exhibitions in collaboration with numerous institutions, domestic and international museums, associations, private collectors with rich and diverse themes. Many exhibitions are highly appreciated by the public and researchers, such as: Flying Dragon- Vietnamese Royal Art, Vietnamese Maritime Heritage, Vietnamese artifacts, Vietnamese ancient lamps, Vietnamese ancient jewelry, Vietnamese Buddhist Cultural Heritage (collections at the VNMH , Asia - cultural colors, Japanese culture, Vietnamese Ancient Pottery Statues, Posters in the resistance war against the French colonialists 1946 - 1954, Dong Son Culture, Lotus and antiquities, International support for Vietnam's struggle for reunification 1954-1975, Collection of Vietnam revolutionary newspapers 1925-1945, Imperial treasures - golden books of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), Renovation - Journey of the dream, National treasures of Vietnam, Sparkling - Collection of lacquered and gilded wood objects at the Vietnam National Museum of History etc.

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Special exhibition “Vietnamese Maritime Heritage” on 18 May, 2012


Opening ceremony of “Dong Son culture” exhibition on 18 November, 2014


Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh giving speech at the opening ceremony of the special exhibition “Asia - cultural colors” at the VNMH on 8 October, 2013


Special exhibition “Vietnamese betel and areca culture” in 2012

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Special exhibition “Japanese Culture” on 16 January, 2014


Exhibition “Vietnamese Ancient Pottery Statues” on April, 2014


Visiting the exhibition “Objectif Vietnam - Vietnam in the early 20th century from the archives of the Ecole Francaise d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)” on 3 December, 2014


Visiting the exhibition “International support for Vietnam's struggle for reunification 1954-1975” on 24 April, 2015


Visiting the exhibition “Collection of Vietnam revolutionary newspapers 1925-1945”on August, 2015


Opening ceremony of the exhibition “Imperial treasures - golden books of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945)” on March, 2016


Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien with delegates visiting the exhibition "Innovation - Journey of dreams" on 22 September, 2016

The VNMH is always interested in investing the exhibition facilities, and improving the content of special exhibitions as a prominent strength of the museum.

Recently, the VNMH has two special exhibition halls: the first one at No. 1 Trang Tien with an area of 100m2 and the second one at No.25 Tong Dan with an area of 200m2. They have been renovated, upgraded with synchronous design, modern equipments (imported specialized display cabinets, LED lighting system, display platform system ...) to increase aesthetic efficiency and adapt to various types of artifacts. With each exhibition, the VNMH is successfully in combining the content and art form to attract the visitors.

In order to offer the public a closer and more diversified view of the values ​​of Vietnamese historical and cultural heritage as well as to renovate and enhance the museum activities, the VNMH has experimented with interactive 3D online for virtual museum. This modern technology has been applied for the permanent exhibition and some special ones and integrated on the VNMH’s website. The highly interactive application of 3D virtual museum will be a revolutionary tool to change the passive and unidirectional view of visitors. It will support the real museums in making the public curious and attract them to the museum. Based on these experiments, the VNMH is developing a 3D virtual museum, which will be completed and presented to the public in the near future.


“Dong Son culture” exhibition applied interactive 3D technology for virtual museum and introduced on website

In addition to the traditional display method, the VNMH has used digitized audio-visual equipment to display and interact with visitors. These approaches will provide the public with multi-dimensional information about the contents of the exhibition.


Students visiting the special exhibition “Vietnamese Betel and Areca Culture” in 2012

Especially, the VNMH is considered as one of the few museums that has organized many successful overseas exhibitions such as: "Dong Son Culture" in Malaysia; "Vietnam- great story" in Japan; “Ancient Civilization in Vietnam, the Early Morning in Red River in Korea; “Flying Dragon- Vietnamese Royal Art” in France and recently a special exhibition Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology in Germany. Thus, the imagery of the Vietnamese country and people through the cultural heritage has been gradually introduced and advertised abroad to help the international community having a more accurate and complete understanding of Vietnamese history culture.


Exhibition “Dong Son culture” at the National Museum of Malaysia on March, 2014


Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong, the VNMH’s director giving speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Ancient Civilization in Vietnam, the Early Morning in Red River” at the National Museum of Korea on April 28, 2014

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Special exhibition “Flying Dragon- Vietnamese Royal Art” at the Guimet Museum, Paris, France on July 8,2014


Exhibition “Treasures of Vietnamese Archaeology” in Germany in 2016-2017

The Museum also provides specialized supports to provincial museums, private museums, and domestic or foreign cultural organizations such as organizing an exhibition outline, art design or preservation.

In the coming years, the exhibition activity of VNMH will be improved with the orientation of diversification, multilateralization and specialization, with the aim of adapting to new conditions in the era of globalization.