Established in 1959, the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution documents the country’s struggle for freedom and independence as well as the history of the Communist Party. The museum displays thousands of images from year 1858 to the present with 29 unique showrooms that all creatively present the history of the Vietnamese Revolution.
Travelers walking along the Tran Quang Khai Road or the Tong Dan Street will undoubtedly notice the unique French-style architecture of the building of the Vietnamese Revolution Museum. Its big yellow façade will surely make tourists stop out of curiosity and admiration of the structure. The building was constructed in 1917 by the French colony and now houses artifacts, documentaries and exhibitions about Vietnam’s struggle in modern history. A visit to the museum will be a great way to understand the changing periods of society that range from the streets of Vietnam to the seats of power. The objects on display also offer great insights into the culture of the country.
The exhibit at the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution can be split into three divisions. The first division showcases the National Liberation Movement of Vietnam against the French which was before the establishment of the Communist Party dating from 1858 to 1930. The second division displays the struggle for independence under the Communist Party that date from 1858 to 1975. It also presents collections of the Vietnamese people during the period lead by then President Ho Chi Minh. The final division includes collections of the economy of Vietnam and the construction of the Socialist regime from 1976 to the present-day. These three divisions also correspond to the French colonialism period, the Vietnam War era and the Post-war times.
Artifacts found in the museum include a jar from the 1920s that holds important documents of the revolution, the Japanese Buddhist drum that was played during the Revolution’s rally and the country’s first ever sewing machine. Tourists will find thousands of photographs, objects and documents that capture the moments of independence of the Vietnamese Revolution. If you’re a sucker for war history, black and white photos and old flags, then this museum is definitely perfect for you to roam around in. A total of 3,000 exhibit displays record the development of the Vietnamese revolution from its very inception up until its final victory.
The museum is open from Tuesdays to Fridays and Saturday mornings from 8 to 11:30 in the morning and from 1:30 to 4 in the afternoon. Found along Tong Dan Street, the museum is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Old Quarters of Hanoi and is found near the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
To be able to document such cherished moments in history offers a fine sense of national unity and pride for the Vietnamese. To be able to share it with the world is another amazing thing as well. Trace the path towards the Vietnamese independence at the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution and marvel at the intense unification of the country.