Previously known as the Revolutionary Museum, the Museum of Ho Chi Minh city
is located at 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
. Visiting the museum, tourists will have a thorough understanding of the heroic, historical and heart-rending struggle against the French and American invaders of the Vietnamese in general and Saigon’s people in particular.
The Museum of Ho Chi Minh city is housed in the beautiful Gia Long Palace.The construction of the museum started in 1885 and was completed in 1890 under the design of a French architect named Alfred Foulhoux, who also designed the Saigon Court. The Municipal Revolutionary Museum was originally intended to display items from Nam Ky (the former name of South Vietnam
), but the Governor of Nam Ky enlisted it as his residence. After that, the building became the residence of Japanese Governor Minoda. It was also the office of the Nam Bo Provisional Administrative Committee (1945) and of the Republic of France High Commissioner. The building was later reconverted into the residence of the Governor of Nam Ky. Until August 1978, the building was finally turned into the Ho Chi Minh City Revolutionary Museum.
Inside the museum, visitors can see a number of pictures and exhibits related to the struggle against the French colonialism and the American aggressors to liberate and to protect the City. More importantly, there are images of the General Uprising in the Mau Than Spring (1968) and the historical Ho Chi Minh campaign (1975) to liberate the Country.
The museum itself is an interesting introduction to the city, and can be less crowded than some other museums. The Palace is a stunning piece of architecture too, and a perfect example of Baroque architecture with European and Oriental influences. It is definitely worth for a visit!