Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi


Prior to my trip to Vietnam, I watched a TV documentary about the Vietnam war also known as Indochina war that took place between 1955 to 1975. I must admit it wasn’t the best scene to watch. Detailed remnants of the Vietnam war are displayed in the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi.

Just a little bit of history, the Vietnam war was between the government of North Vietnam which was supported by the Soviet Union and China and other communist countries, and the government of Southern Vietnam supported by United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and other non-communist countries.

My heartfelt love goes to all the Vietnamese people and other countries, and the slain soldiers who died defending their territories. Let peace prevail!

Anyways, part of my itinerary in Hanoi was to visit Vietnam Military History Museum.  This museum is located on 28A Dien Bien Phu Street and the operating hours are 8 AM to 4.30PM with a 1-hour lunch break. History lovers will be treated to the events of the Vietnamese war with all the war materials carefully displayed.

Vietnam Military History Museum is not your typical museum. When going through the different sections I could relate to what I watched in the documentary. I was blown away by how each and every piece of Vietnam war has been captured. The aircraft used by both the Vietnamese government, the French and the Americans, war planes, tankers, a Boeing B52 wreckage, bags, bicycles, clothes and shoes that some of the soldiers used during the war. The images displayed could be hard-hitting though.

The centerpiece is a Russian-built MiG- 21 jet fighter and a Tank 843 that shattered the gates of Saigon’s (South Vietnam) presidential palace on 30th April 1975 marking the end of a 19-year war.


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Aircraft wreckage


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Vietnam Military History Museum-with-My-Global-Attitude


Vietnam Military History Museum-with-My-Global-Attitude


At the end, there’s a studio where you can follow an audio tape on how the attacks were planned, staged and executed, mostly from Ho Chi Minh government’s perspective.

We had set aside an hour to go through the museum but ended up spending the entire afternoon there. Vietnam Military museum is highly recommended when visiting Hanoi, especially for history lovers.


Vietnam Military Museum Entry Fees

  • VDN: 20,000 for Adults
  • VDN: 30,000 for cameras


Museum Address

  • 28A Dien Bien Phu Street opposite Lenin Park
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8 AM – 6.30 PM (Closes 11.30 -1 PM for lunch break)

After a detailed visit in Hanoi, take a 2 days city break and unwind at Halong Bay. Read the detailed itinerary here. 

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Comments (26)

  1. Looks like a wonderful museum ! Captures the essence of the military establishment ! Great pics too !

    1. It is a great museum Ajay! Truly worth a visit.

  2. We didn’t get a chance to visit the museum when we were travelling. Will definitely make a visit when we do visit Hanoi again. Informative post. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. You certainly missed a wonderful experience. Glad you’re going back to Hanoi.
      Let me know your experience xx

  3. Vietnam is high on my wish list because of the beaches! But it’s nice to see that kind of museums. Clearly there is too much to see and do here.
    Thanks for the post.

  4. Wow, this must’ve been a moving experience!

    1. Totally! And educative too!

  5. I’m heading to Vietnam in January so I will definitely be adding this to my list of things I can’t miss! Great post and lovely pictures 🙂

    1. Great. Will you be in Hanoi or HCMC or both? I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun!

  6. Oh, I can so relate to this. I visited the museum last month. I think it’s done up really well, and takes quite a while to look around. Cheers!!

    1. Yeah it’s a big museum given the size of equipment kept here. I’m glad you enjoyed.

  7. I want to go here. My grandpa fought in the Vietnam War and he used to always tell stories about it.

    1. Aww. You’re lucky to have real veteran who can tell history from his experience.
      You should visit the museum some day 🙂

  8. My husband loves to read and study the Vietnam war, its consequences and the military history so he’d love this! We just bucketlisted it, Hanoi is another one of the places we definitely want to go to at the latest next year!

    1. Great. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun! Let me know how you like the visit 🙂

  9. I visited this Museum when I was in Vietnam a few years back. Museums in Asia can be very hit or miss but this one was definitely a hit. You really could feel what it was like and you could feel the history here. Great post, really enjoyed reading it 😀

    1. I know Amit! This was my first museum to ever visit in Asia 🙂
      Thanks for reading xx

  10. I love Vietnam, although I found it quite a sad country to visit. So much history. I didn’t visit this museum but it looks fascinating. Great pics too 🙂

    1. Thanks Kat. Vietnam Military Museum is worth a visit if you love history.

  11. Which documentary is this? I want to watch it now…

    I’m also going back to Vietnam during my yearlong travels but didn’t spend enough time in Hanoi! Will definitely be back on your blog to get tips 🙂

    1. Hi Nancy, it’s called ‘Lighter than Orange’ by Deutsche Welle.
      I’m sure you you’ll have lots of fun in Vietnam. Will you be stationed in one city or you’ll be moving around the country?

  12. It’s cool that they kept those pieces used during the war, they certainly bring rich history.

    1. Certainly Charity! Thanks for reading xx

  13. My fiance would LOVE this – he’s forever dragging me to war museums, battleships and anything else historical he can find!!

    1. Nice! Make a date at the Vietnam Military Museum hehe

  14. Enjoyed reading this post about the Vietnam war. Your photos of the museum are lovely too. Fab post 🙂

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