Three days in Hanoi give you time to discover the city and explore northern Vietnam. You can fit in a Halong Bay cruise, glide through the karst landscapes of Tam Coc, cycle through rice fields to ancient pagodas, and even go on an overnight adventure or visit the Sapa hill tribes.
Vietnam National Museum of History
1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi
The museum is housed in an architecturally impressive building built in 1925, which incorporates both Vietnamese and French design elements. Exhibits are organized in chronological order. Highlights include bronze pieces from the Dong Son period, Bat Trang pottery, Vietnamese imperial jewelry, and Hindu statues from the Khmer and Champa kingdoms. There’s also a delightful garden with steles and bonsai trees.
A number of sightseeing tours feature a stop at the Vietnam National Museum, along with other top attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex. Or experience Hanoi like a local on a motorbike tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
The museum is a must-visit for those with an interest in Vietnamese history.
The admission also covers entry to the Vietnam Museum of the Revolution, across the street.
There’s an extra fee to take photos or videos inside the museum.
Guided tours are available in Vietnamese, English, and French.
Bags must be stored at the entrance; lockers are available.
How to Get There
The museum is located in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi, close to the Opera House. It can be reached by walking from the Old Quarter, or an easy taxi ride from elsewhere. It can also be reached by bus, including buses 2, 3, and 4.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day, except the first Monday of each month. There is a break for lunch, so plan your visit accordingly. Expect to spend 1-2 hours here. Allot more time if you plan to visit the Vietnam Museum of the Revolution as well.
History of the Building
The Vietnam National Museum of History was formerly home to the Louis Finot Museum of the École Française d'Extrême-Orient, built in 1929 and opened in 1932. The building was designed as a work of art and features Indochine architecture, a blend of French and Vietnamese styles. In 1958, the Vietnamese government took over the building and reopened it as the Vietnam National Museum of History.
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- Vietnam Museum of Revolution
- Vietnamese Women’s Museum
- Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
- Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple)
- Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
- St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)
- Phu Tay Ho
- Hanoi Ancient House
- Hanoi Old Quarter
- Hoa Lo Prison
- Ambassador’s Pagoda (Chua Quan Su)
- Dong Xuan Market
- Long Bien Bridge (Cau Long Bien)
- Vietnam Military History Museum