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Vietnam Military History Museum

An ancient flag tower, destroyed enemy bombers, photographs and weapons from wars with China, France and the U.S. offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s turbulent past.

The Vietnam Military History Museum in central Hanoi presents a perspective on the wars that raged in Vietnam, and it’s a perspective that Westerners rarely get to see. The museum contains a remarkable collection of war relics and photographs from Vietnam’s long struggles for freedom. Learn about guerrilla and communist troops and the history of the present Vietnam People’s Army.

The main building in this museum was opened in 1959 and is dedicated to Vietnamese conflicts up until World War II. Find out about Vietnam under Chinese and French colonization and occupation by the Japanese. Learn about the rise of the Viet Minh in North Vietnam and how they declared independence in 1945.

Many tourists head straight to the museum’s newer building, which is dedicated to Vietnam’s battles against American troops. Learn about the tactics the Viet Cong used in what the Vietnamese call the American War and most Americans call the Vietnam War. Whatever your perspective, the conflict in the 1960s and ’70s left permanent marks on the country and this museum tells the Vietnamese side of the story.

See photographs from the battlefields and the simple uniforms of the Vietnamese troops. There are also bamboo spikes, homemade firearms and other weapons that helped the under-equipped Vietnamese Army defeat its opponents.
 
Venture outside to the spacious courtyard where there is a large collection of preserved military wreckage. Climb through the machinery to feel what it was like to be behind the wheel of these colossal vehicles. Damaged tanks, shot down B-52 airplanes and army vehicles are strewn throughout the grounds.

For panoramic city views, climb to the top of the Hanoi Flag Tower. This observation tower, built in the 19th century, is one of only a few old Vietnamese buildings that was not destroyed during the French occupation.

The Vietnam Military History Museum is opposite Lenin Park, southeast of the Ho Chi Minh complex. The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays and during lunchtime hours. A small admission fee applies and you pay a little extra to bring in a camera

Popular Activities at Hanoi War Museum

Give yourself plenty of time at Hanoi War Museum. Below are the most popular activities:

When preparing for your excursion, you may want to consider purchasing an One Day Private Guide Tour History in Hanoi or an Afternoon Hanoi City Tour with Cyclo Ride at Old Quarter.

If you're after even more options, examine our Hanoi things to do page.


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The Oriental Jade Hotel ¥10,762
The Oriental Jade Hotel

The Oriental Jade Hotel

No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 18 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 19 minutes.

    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa ¥6,986
    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

    122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Hang Gai Street and Ly Trieu Quoc Su Pagoda are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 19 minutes.

      Somerset Grand Hanoi ¥11,107
      Somerset Grand Hanoi

      Somerset Grand Hanoi

      49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Hanoi, this family-friendly aparthotel is steps from Embassy of Belgium and Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Temple of Literature and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 24 minutes.

        O'Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa ¥8,131
        O'Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa

        O'Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa

        38A Tran Phu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ba Dinh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Temple of Literature, St. Joseph's Cathedral, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Dong Xuan Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 20 minutes.

          Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa ¥4,012
          Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa

          Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa

          16-18 Bat Su, Hanoi
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 19 minutes.

            Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy ¥7,903
            Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

            Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

            12 Nguyen Quang Bich St, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 17 minutes.

              Silk Collection Hotel & Spa ¥4,188
              Silk Collection Hotel & Spa

              Silk Collection Hotel & Spa

              58 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. St. Joseph's Cathedral and Ngoc Son Temple are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 14 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 18 minutes.

                Apricot Hotel ¥13,051
                Apricot Hotel

                Apricot Hotel

                136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 20 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.