Top 5 fascinating museums in Hanoi to visit

Hanoi is known as the capital of Vietnam, also a land with a thousand-year tradition of civilization. Therefore, it is easy to understand why Hanoi has many of the most attractive museums in the country. All of them are the nation's pride, such as the Hanoi Ethnology Museum, Hanoi military museum, or Hanoi women's museum. These places bring a peaceful space, show the breadth of sacred history, and stimulate people's curiosity. It helps visitors get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city. With a specific investment and eye-catching layout, the Museum is becoming closer and more fascinating to all ages, not just for the elderly as before. In this article, let's explore the most attractive museums in Hanoi with Top Ten Reviews!

  1. Ha Noi Museum

Ha Noi Museum 

Hanoi Museum, formerly located at 5B Ham Long Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, is a place to introduce Hanoi capital from the country's founding to the present. Since it was established in 1982, the Museum has had tens of thousands of artifacts. In particular, the warehouse of rare and precious antiques has accounted for more than 7.000. The Museum'sMuseum's collection includes stone, bronze, and ceramics from the Ly, Tran, Le, and Nguyen dynasties and other countries such as China and Japan. The museum display areas are divided into three parts: Natural History of Hanoi; History of Hanoi from the country's founding to before the August Revolution; History of Hanoi from the August Revolution in 1945 to the present.

To celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, a project to build a new Hanoi museum was carried out with a considerable amount of investment. The new Hanoi Museum is located on the Vietnam National Convention Center in Me Tri Ward, Nam Tu Liem District. It has an inverted pyramid structure, in which the 4th floor has the largest area, the lower floors are smaller. Consulting joint venture GMP - ILAG (Germany) is responsible for the design of the project. It consists of 4 floating floors and 2 basements; the construction area is approximately 12.000 m², floor area is more than 30.000 m² (including basement and roof). The Museum was inaugurated on October 6, 2010. An estimated 50.000 artifacts are displayed here. 

  • Address: Pham Hung Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. 
  • Opening hours: 08:00 - 11:30 and 13:30 - 17:00 daily. 
  • Entrance ticket price: 40.000 VND (~1,74 USD).

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Vietnam Military History Museum 

Vietnam Military History Museum is one of the national museums and the top in the system of Military Museums. This place is currently storing and displaying more than 150.000 documents and artifacts, including many unique collections and 4 National Treasures, including MiG-21 aircraft number 4324, MiG-21 aircraft number 5121, Map of Ho Chi Minh Campaign Determination, and T-54B tank number 843. The Museum is located at 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City, opposite Lenin Park. According to Decree No. 65/SL-TN (23/11/1945), of President Ho Chi Minh's "On the preservation of cultural heritage," right in 1945 - 1954, the Ministry of National Defense directed the agencies to focus on collecting and storing documents, images, and artifacts. At the end of 1954, the General Military Commission (now the Central Military Commission) had the Military Museum policy.

The construction board of the Military Museum consists of 13 people with the task below:

  • Research and collect historical documents and artifacts belonging to the army;
  • Collect and arrange documents and artifacts systematically;
  • Organize the preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and at the same time contact localities to guide the preservation of historical relics of the army in the locality;
  • Study, plan, and implement the presentation and organization of the Military Museum". 

After its establishment, the Military Museum Construction Board immediately embarked on drafting conservation and museum work documents. This would help the General Department of Politics direct the entire army to collect documents and artifacts to build a new room. The tradition of the unit while contributing artifacts to the Museum. With the spirit of urgent work, after more than 3 years of construction and display, on December 21, 1959, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Vietnam People's Army (December 22, 1944 - December 22, 1959), the Military Museum officially opened to serve visitors. After completing the task of building and opening the Museum, the Military Museum Construction Board transformed into a Military Museum Room under the Department of Propaganda and Training (General Department of Politics) with the task of "Welcoming and guiding visitors." mandarin, protection, preservation of artifacts and treasures, minor repair and repair of the display system." 


Address: No. 28A Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. 

Opening hours: all weekdays except Mondays and Fridays, 8:00am - 11:30am and 13:30pm - 4:30pm. 

Ticket price:

  • For domestic guests: 20.000 VND (~0,87 USD)/pax. 
  • For children under 16 years old and the elderly is 10.000 VND (~0,44 USD)/ pax. 
  • Free for children under 6 years old.
  • International guests: 40.000 VND (~1,74 USD)/pax.

Vietnam Women's Museum

To honor the beauty and merits of Vietnamese women in the past and present, the Vietnam Women's Museum was born with many unique heritages. This is considered one of the most attractive destinations in Hanoi. 

Vietnam Women's Museum is located at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Vietnam Women's Museum was established in 1987 under the Vietnam Women's Union. It is a Gender museum with the function of researching, preserving, preserving, and displaying tangible and intangible heritages of Vietnamese women. Visitors can explore the history and culture of Vietnamese women, Vietnam Women's Union. At the same time, it is the center of cultural exchange of Vietnamese and international women for Equality, Development, and Peace. The museum's design has many breakthroughs, from exhibition space to choosing topics, introducing artifacts in multimedia languages, visitors directly interacting with artifacts through each specific story, and creating a connection between the object and the viewer. An estimated 25.000 antiques are on display here.

The dome-shaped roof above is uniquely designed with colorful cones. This helps to make the most of sunlight, ensuring that the first floor is illuminated but not too hot in the summer. The second floor of the museum is a place to display artifacts that were once associated with the life of Vietnamese women, such as working tools, jewelry. The exhibition space makes viewers overwhelmed with the array of portraits by the quantity and admire the artist's spirit by the slight "fragility" from the car to the conquering journey. Throughout the exhibition spaces at the museum, whether in the topic of life, religion, ethnicity, profession, creativity... are associated with issues of gender, social anthropology. The arrangements and displays have gone beyond the discipline and limitation of displaying dead artifacts (glass-case artifacts), which easily create boredom and boredom for the museum.


  • Address: No. 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. 
  • Opening time: 8:30am - 11:30am and 13:30am - 5:30pm. 
  • Entrance ticket price: Free

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay, about 8km from the center of Hanoi. The museum has tremendous cultural significance on a national and local scale. You can quickly move here by many means such as car, motorbike or taxi. When coming to Hanoi, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is always on "must-not-miss" destinations. 

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was established in 1981 in Hanoi with an area of ​​3.27 hectares. This work was designed by architect Ha Duc Linh and interior designer Veronique Dollfus (French). The museum is like a miniature picture of the history and culture of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam with various unique cultural features. These artifacts are displayed in different categories: clothing, jewelry, weapons, musical instruments, religion, beliefs, and many other spiritual activities.

The museum is divided into three main exhibition areas: Drum Dong building, outdoor exhibition area, and Southeast Asia exhibition area. From the outside looking in, visitors will be attracted by the presentation and layout from form to content. They are very scientific and logical, quickly grasping the unique cultural colors of each ethnic group.

Every Saturday and Sunday, the Museum of Ethnology also organizes many water puppet shows, folk art activities, and traditional folk festivals. Vietnamese national culture to serve tourists. In addition, visitors after visiting the museum can stop to buy some trim and lovely souvenirs as gifts for their family or friends.

Not only imbued with Vietnamese national cultural identity, but visitors also feel the cultural interference of Southeast Asian countries. This makes the relationship between Vietnamese culture and the culture of Southeast Asian countries even better. 


Address: Nguyen Van Huy Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. 

Opening hours: 

Ticket price: 40.000 VND (~1,74 USD)/person/time. 

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum is one of the largest in Vietnam, with a total area of ​​up to 18.000 m2, displaying about 120.000 artifacts related to his life and career. The museum at 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh combines with relics such as the Presidential Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace relic, the One Pillar Pagoda to create a series of places to visit.

Ho Chi Minh Museum was built in 1973 in the same area where he read the Declaration of Independence. This work has received the sincere help of the former Soviet Union from design to construction.

The 3-storey building follows a unique beveled square block. Around the museum, the campus is an ample, airy space with many trees, an artificial lake with air-conditioning.

Coming to Ho Chi Minh Museum, you will better understand Vietnam's modern history through his life. This is also a place where parents often bring their children to visit, both entertaining and educational about patriotism and educating basic historical knowledge.

Many tourists visiting the museum could not help but be touched and pay their respects to President Ho Chi Minh. Ancient artifacts are the most vivid evidence of his life and great personality.

The number of visitors to the museum is increasing. On average, the museum welcomes about 2.000-3.000 visitors a day, not to mention the sudden increase in visitors during the holidays. Many tourists and many foreign visitors from many countries such as China, Japan, the USA, Australia... are also very interested in the Ho Chi Minh museum. To meet the needs of visiting and learning about the museum, the management board has built a team of professional guides. They can use many foreign languages, which is convenient for interpreting and introducing artifacts to foreign visitors.


Address: No. 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

Opening time: All days of the week except Monday and Friday. Specifically:

  • In the hot season (April to October): 7:30 – 10:30; 13:30 - 16:00. Only Saturday, Sunday, and morning holidays open from 7:30 to 11:00.
  • In the cold season (November to March): 8:00 – 11:00; 14:00 - 16:00. Only Saturdays, Sundays, and morning holidays are open from 8:00 to 11:30.

Ticket price: 30.000 VND (~1,31 USD)/time. 

Besides the above museums, you should see the Hanoi Ho Chi Minh mausoleum if you can visit the capital. This is more than a museum; it is a place to keep the whole body of Uncle Ho - the beloved leader of the nation. Hope you will have exciting experiences when traveling to Hanoi through the suggestions in this article. 

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