Ho Chi Minh City

Museum of Vietnamese History

Housed in an imposing colonial building, the Museum of Vietnamese History focuses on the nation’s earliest societies.

Ancient Vietnam

Though it dates to the 1930’s, Ho Chi Minh City’s Museum of Vietnamese History explores the country’s earliest civilizations. Unlike the War Remnants Museum, which commemorates the Vietnam War, this museum features artifacts from Vietnam’s ancient societies and imperial dynasties.

Evolution of a Country

The Museum of Vietnamese History boasts items from prehistoric times all the way through the Nguyen Dynasty in the 1800s. Visitors will find pottery and jewelry from the Oc Eo people of the Mekong Delta, as well as dozens of religious statues. Some statues are from Angkor Wat in Cambodia. There’s even a local mummy that was found buried in Ho Chi Minh City.

Visitors should be aware that the museum closes on Mondays, and every day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a lunch break. Tickets are only 15,000 dong–an especially low price considering how much well-preserved Vietnamese history visitors will encounter.