Vietnam Military History Museum
is located at 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, near V.L Lenin's statue, about 600 meters from President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
to the East. Covering a 10,000 - square meter area, with honest and unique original artifacts, the museum is a must- see destination for visitors who want to study more about Vietnamese history.
Not only is this museum one of the seven national museums but also it acts as the headquater of the army museum system. The museum exhibitions present the Vietnamese military history from the first period of founding the country to the Ho Chi Minh era. The museum opened on the occasion of 15th anniversary of establishment of the Vietnam People's army December 22th 1959.
The museum collected, stored and displayed 150.000 artifacts, including many artifacts, collections and valuable history that reflect the war against enemy. All things represent military methods from Hung Vuong to Ho Chi Minh term. The display system of Vietnam Military History Museum
includes outdoor and indoor system with the area of 3.200 m2 with 2.500 artifacts.
In the first floor of the museum, there have 3 rooms: the first room about the military from the Hung Kings period until Ngo Quyen defeated the Han army (Chinese) at the Bach Dang River in 938. The room in the middle has a statue of Ho Chi Minh President and the images in the first Indochina War in Vietnam (1858-1945). The last room shows about the fight from the Ly to Nguyen dynasty. Many artifacts of historical value are displayed here such as bike in Dien Bien Phu campaign, MiG19 and MiG21 aircraft, Sam 2 and Sam 3 missiles in the campaign against America, especially, the tanks entering the Palace in the center of the room.
Victorious tank 843 - the first North Vietnamese tank broke down the gate of the South Vietnam's presidential palace in Saigon on April 30 1975— it signaled the end of an era, and that of a long and bitter war.
The museum content covers the six following periods:
- The history of the Vietnamese nation and the birth of the Vietnam People’s Army
- The Vietnamese struggle against French colonialism
- The Vietnamese struggle against American imperialists
- The Vietnam People’s Army on the path to a regular modern army
- The People and the Army are oneness, and will be invicible
- Piece of weaponry displayed in the museum courtyard (such as airplanes, tanks, heavy artilleries, rockets, mortars, bombs, and so forth)
Visiting the museum, visitors will realize that the museum is the concentrated embodiment of the Vietnamese people’s spirit revealed in President Ho Chi Minh’s writing: “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom” in the historic Nation’s Independence Proclamation.