In Hanoi, besides enjoying the bustling atmosphere in the Old Quarter Area, visitors can also relax in a peaceful space and get immersed in the culture of Vietnam at the same time in the museums around Hanoi. Below are some museums that are worth a visit for anyone who wishes to get to know more about this beautiful country.
Top Museums in Hanoi: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Address: 1 Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Thursday
- Adult: VND 40,000
- Children – The disabled: Free
The museum is where many cultural artifacts of all 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam are preserved and displayed. These artifacts are classified into different categories, such as ethnicity, clothing, jewelry, farm tools, weapons, household items, musical instruments, and so on.
Besides artifacts, they also display photos and documentaries, reflecting all aspects of the tangible and intangible culture and the lives of all ethnic groups.
In the outdoor area, there are about ten folk architectural works such as the bungalow of the Bana people, the long stilt houses of the Ede people, the stilt houses of the Tay people, etc.
In the garden, there are Ngo boats of the Khmer people and the rice mortar of the Dao people. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays, there is a water puppet show of folk puppet wards from different villages in front of the Viet house.
Top Museums in Hanoi: Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesdays, Saturdays: 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Mondays: Closed
- Adult: VND 40,000
- Between the age of 6 – 16: VND 10,000
- Children under 6 years old: Free
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum plays a vital role in preserving the treasure of arts and cultural heritage of the ethnic Vietnamese community.
The museum was built by the French in the 30s of the twentieth century, as a place for the daughters of French officials from all over Indochina coming to Hanoi to study.
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum honors Vietnamese treasure of arts.
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi consists of 2 buildings with the architecture of ancient French villas, with more than 30 main gallery rooms. It currently holds over 18,000 domestic artifacts that represent Vietnam Fine Arts from prehistoric times to the present. This is truly a place to honor the arts, which is hard to find anywhere else in Vietnam.
Top Museums in Hanoi: Vietnam Women’s Museum
Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day
- Adults: VND 30,000
- Children under 10 and the disabled: Free
- Entrance with audio guide: VND 60,000
The Vietnam Women’s Museum preserves and displays documents and artifacts, introducing the role and achievements of Vietnamese women in the development of the country.
The exhibition area of the museum has an acreage of 1,200m2, with three main themes: Vietnamese women in the family, Vietnamese women in history, and The costumes of Vietnamese women. There are many documents, artifacts, and also photos that display detailedly the lives of Vietnamese women through thousands of years.
The Vietnam Women’s Museum was officially established in 1995.
The Vietnam Women’s Museum is well-organized with an intelligent way of classifying and arranging artifacts, which makes it stand out in Vietnam’s many museums and, therefore, attracts a considerable number of visitors.
Top Museums in Hanoi: The National Museum of Vietnamese History
Address: No. 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM (closed on the first Monday of the month)
- Adults: VND 40,000
- Children under 6 – the disabled: Free
- Taking pictures: VND 15,000/camera (phone)
- Making videos: VND 30,000/camera (phone)
The National Museum of Vietnamese History was established in 1958. The National Museum of Vietnamese History is divided into 2 zones: Zone A is at 1 Trang Tien Street, and Zone B (25 Tong Dan Street) is opposite Zone A.
In Zone A, there is a building that combines the French architecture with Vietnamese architectural values, which is expressed clearly through the two-layer roof structure.
The National Museum of Vietnamese History preserves and displays many valuable collections of artifacts of Vietnamese historical periods.
With an area of nearly 4,000 m2 and about 10,000 artifacts, the museum is like a living history book of Vietnam, with the cultural development and historical events being expressed thoroughly and lively. The exhibition area on the first floor is the place where artifacts from prehistoric times to Tran Dynasty being displayed.
An interesting thing when visiting Zone B is that visitors will visit from the 2nd floor, down to the 1st floor. Twenty-nine small rooms are keeping all the documents, artifacts, and photos during the two Resistance Wars Against France and Resistance War Against America.
Top Museums in Hanoi: Vietnam National Museum of Nature
Address: A20 Building, No. 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Thursday to Sunday)
Ticket: No entrance fee.
The Vietnam National Museum of Nature was established to store, preserve, display, and disseminate knowledge about Vietnam’s nature and environment. This is also the biggest museum of nature in Vietnam, so tourists will surely feel so overwhelmed with the unique collections of natural values displayed here.
The Vietnam Museum of Nature introduces comprehensive features of Vietnam’s natural values.
Vietnam Museum of Nature has a relatively small display space but is well-ordered, creating a warm atmosphere. There, most of the samples are displayed in glass cases while the models are placed outside.
In particular, the Vietnam Museum of Nature displays over 40,000 species, including 6,000 species of animals, 25,000 species of insects, 10,000 samples of fungal plants, 2,000 geological and paleontological samples, and some other specimens.
Summary on Top Museums in Hanoi
Visiting museums is an excellent way to learn about a country. Besides going on the streets of Hanoi to experience the real life here, a visit to the top museums in Hanoi will also help make the trip to Hanoi more valuable and memorable.
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