The War Remnants Museum (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng chứng tích chiến tranh) is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. It contains exhibits relating to the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War.
Operated by the Ho Chi Minh City government, an earlier version of this museum opened on September 4, 1975, as the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes (Vietnamese: Nhà trưng bày tội ác Mỹ-ngụy). It was located in the former United States Information Agency building. The exhibition was not the first of its kind for the North Vietnamese side, but rather followed a tradition of such exhibitions exposing war crimes, first those of the French and then those of the Americans, who had operated in the country as early as 1954.
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Karen Ward | Feb 16, 2018
Amazing museum that had me in tears. Powerful pictures (some disturbing) regarding the #Vietnam war. I didn't take pictures of those images I did see but there were some I couldn't even look at. Pictures of children and babies... It was extremely hard to take. I wasn't the only one in tears either. Again, amazing museum! So much information and artifacts on display. I was honored to witness this.
Jackie Giusti | Jan 31, 2018
Hard to walk through. It's an emotional experience like the World War 2 museum in DC. Not much in a historical order which is slightly annoying, but it's still powerful. I wish there was more historical context to understand the warring sides and the impact here in comparison to the bordering countries as well. But it still gave so much insight. I think the Effects of Agent Orange exhibit is a bit too disturbing and can be passed through quickly or avoided completely and still get a full experience. It's upsetting that people who are victims walk around this museum asking for money. I can't write much more about that before getting into a long discussion on my thoughts. But just be forewarned they are there
anneliese gallacher | Feb 25, 2018
This is such a great way to find out about the atrocities that happened in Vietnam. It is horrific but honest and we really liked to see it. It was a big part of why i came to Vietnam. The history and the war. Is is such a beautiful land. This museum is very graphic.
Rayce Barnes | Jan 20, 2018
I would say this is worth a visit. Lots of American military machinery outside. The inside is filled with some pretty gruesome story’s/pictures.(**parents be warned**) This is a good depiction of how war is bad for everyone and majority of people who suffer are the innocent. It is very sobering and sad. It depicts much of the after effects of the American/Vietnam war. This is definitely a regulated country with heavy biased influence. Much of the story is left out. I don’t think they told any lies regarding the war but they definitely didn’t tell the whole story. (I.e. America, Thailand, Australia and South Korea were there supporting southern Vietnam fighting against the communist party of North Vietnam and Soviet Union) I would say not to spend a lot of time there(2 hours is plenty) because the museum doesn’t have a very good flow. So it is somewhat repetitive and ‘here and there’. They do present a lot of interesting facts regarding the war. But it is emotionally exhausting reading a lot of the same stories and whole rooms dedicated to birth defects caused by agent orange(dioxin).
Andy Martin | Feb 28, 2018
Very interesting learning about the war and all that happened. It's very detailed and when you you read up on what actually happened it's really bad. Price to enter was only 40k and it's worth every dong. They have some small souvenir place in there also. Can be a be heart tearing seeing some of the photos but it's nice to learn the history.
Conner Smith | Mar 22, 2018
This is hard. You don't leave this museum smiling, and that's how it should be, but just fair warning. Also, for Americans and French tourists, remember that this is their history too and then can choose the phrasing as they please. Reading the other side of the history is important to balance what is taught or often not taught in the West, but fair warning that it is referred to as the War of US Aggression, and intentional phrasing could come off as inflammatory if you or your family served in the military. Much of this museum tells an unbiased perspective of the War, through photography of both sides of combat, and for any war or notable military buff the vehicles and weapons saved here are in excellent condition and very interesting. Remember, it's hard, but call it your duty to go and see, it's a part of world history and should not be forgotten so we may remember to avoid future war.
John Acquesta | Apr 3, 2018
I liked this place . The court yard with all the American war machines was very impressive . If you are weak hearted or offended by things easily the photos in the museum will bother you . I enjoyed seeing some pretty incredible photos from the war. The only thing I did not like was that a good portion of the descriptions behind the pictures are factually false . The government is trying to make the Americans look like pure animals when in fact a lot of the pictures of the killings were done by north and south Vietnamese to each other. And some artifacts had false stories behind it as well. Just keep that in mind as you walk through the halls. For those us who had father's in the war, keep that in mind .
Salman Farsy | Mar 28, 2018
If you are a interested in history... This place is gold.... There are a lot to learn there... You can realize how horrific the Vietnam war was... But a warning... This place can make you feel depressed...
Nithi AnAnthen | Apr 30, 2018
There is an entrance fee about 40k vnd for foreigners. Worth going even though you're not an history guy. Recommended to budget about 2-4hrs for walking around this museum. There are few segments. They have a sample of prison they had during the war. A lot of photos and sample equipments will bring you to the war season and a quick experience. This tour will give an indirect lesson why one should encourage a war between countries
Maya Karkalicheva | Apr 25, 2018
A must visit in Ho Chi Minh city. Entrance cost 40 000 dong. The museum shows numerous photographs from the War, and stories behind the scene. The section with Agent Orange consequences is the most touching. There is exhibition of forth generation kids suffering from dioxin illness. You can buy some souvenir made from those kids. Outside building there are war airplanes.
Dương T. Minh Phương | May 7, 2018
Lots of sections, the most intriguing of which is the Piece of Con Dao, with a form of living creature (get there to see with your own eyes). Loads of photos n things in other sections, but u can merely watch, nothing much to do/engage the audience. However, tourists can find some great local made goods such as boxes from cinnamon bark. Would love to see the managers add more interactive things.
David Owens | Apr 26, 2018
A full on experience, but one that you should have. This country's history has been shaped by repeated wars, many instigated by outside powers with ulterior motives and little regard for the Vietnamese people. The themes of the museum and the exhibits are confronting, but history sometimes needs to be confronting and make us feel uncomfortable. It's true what others said about how there could be more contextual information and perspectives given, but it should also be incumbent upon the visitor to conduct some independent research and reading into the history of this place. If you're not too knowledgeable about it going in, you'll certainly come out wanting to know more. The photographic exhibition is particularly interesting and presents all points of view (including American).
Sam Styles | May 20, 2018
This is worth a visit. It covers the history and Vietnamese view on the war. How they saw it and experienced it, how the country has now come as far as it has. The museum has 3 floors, don’t leave without going up stairs (easy to do) the upper floors are full of rather moving photos and displays. As someone who does not know too much about this war, it’s hard to tell if the museum is biased or not. But some of the things done during the war are unacceptable either way. I’d advise reading up on the war before you go, they assume you know a lot of stuff before you get there. Causes etc
Kyle Schaefer | May 18, 2018
Did an excellent job capturing their side of the war. Was very educational and informative. Wasn't disappointed in our visit. Might be hard for some with soft hearts, but if visiting the area, it is worth taking in some history. Only took about two hours, but it is possible to take longer.
Robert O'Brien | May 28, 2018
Propaganda of the Vietnamese view point of the war. Well organised with all signs in English and Vietnamese. Air-conditioned rooms were definitely a plus.Was a hot day.... It's always hot. Easy to find didn't need a tour guide.
Leisa Emblen | Jul 13, 2018
We had the best tour guide today in Ruby (Ngoc) hearing her proudly share all about this once capitol city of Vietnam. Both Moving and Captivating we applaud the governments commitment to rebuild each palace to its stunning original state. We advise you invest in the carts to both save time and avoid being in the heat. The Temple where all 13 kings lives are told and the Opera House is amazing. Evening performances held 🎶 Also get to the Gecko Restaurant if you can - in fact that entire food scene is excellent. So glad we put 'Hue' on our travel plans ! A Must see for your trip ✔ Cheers Leisa & Scott from Australia
Ihda Maulida | Jul 3, 2018
The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. This is the best museum to visit in Ho Chi Minh City. The museum is very well organized and clean. The layout is great. There is also a corner place for kids to play and relax. The staffs are friendly. It is worth to visit with affordable entrance ticket.
Wihl Zaltorre | Jul 3, 2018
For me this place is a must go to place for Vietnam. This place offers history, good pictures, as well as a very important lesson. The museum shows how the the war started and how the United States interfered with the war. It also showed the atrocities done by the U.S. against Vietnam during the Vietnam war. It really gives a good perspective about the realities of war and what happens after the defeat of a nation. Aside from the serious tone of the museum, you can also take pictures of tanks and other military vessels used during the war.
Nick Kisel | Jul 12, 2018
Nice. Replicas of US vehicles and prisoner cell conditions outside. Plenty of signs to explain what you're looking at inside, between the photo gallery, Agent Orange victims, weaponry, and general war history. Be aware of anti-American bias, since history is written by the victor. For example, note quotes from Americans on World War II being interpreted in the scope of the Vietnam war. A worthwhile visit.
Dan Barnett | Aug 10, 2018
Very impressive collection of photos and explanations. Some are very harrowing so children can make use of the kids room. Mine were very happy in there whilst I looked around. The exhibit of war photographers work is very good indeed. As is the gallery on American aggression. It makes you wonder about the whole futility of the war and why the Americans were there in the first place. The photos of the massacres at My Lai are horrific and make you think hard. The Agent Orange displays are very emotional and I left particularly thoughtful and affected by it all. On the whole the museum isn't over the top in terms of propaganda.
Olivier de Jong | Aug 3, 2018
Impressive, must see. It's the Vietnamese view of the war, but it gives a good idea of the cruelty of this war. It's big and if you want to see everything it takes time. There is a gallery of pictures from American photographers that have died in the war. Very impressive and extensive also. (Lesser pictures would have been sufficient too, it's a bit too much in the whole of the exhibition.)
Chase Schwab | Aug 14, 2018
Educational experience to see the war from the Vietnamese side. Downside of the story is that there is a staff member who had his limbs blown up by a mine when he was a kid. Instead of just being a cool guy and speaking about the museum, he told me to give him money because I was American - implying that it was my fault he lost his hands. This was upon entering the museum after 5 minutes. That threw me off for the whole museum visit.
Mark Philpott | Aug 14, 2018
Very interesting place to go and an eye opener, with graphic details of the war and history. Lots to see and read. Many exhibits from the war, weaponry and vehicles to look at.. like i said very graphic, some parts are probably not suitable for kids as some of the images might be a bit disturbing for them.. but a good place if you're curious about the war and want to know more.
Richard Stubbs | Aug 2, 2018
Powerful display affecting those who visit. Graphic and quite hard hitting. The Requiem exhibition - a collection of photos from war correspondents - is superb. Takes a good half day. Most of us needed a time out. Highly informative.
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