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Welcome to the War Remnants Museum’s official website!
On August 31, 1858, the French attacked Da Nang, marking the
beginning of their war of aggression and colonial rule in Vietnam. For nearly
100 years the Vietnamese people fought with great fortitude for national
liberation. After the August Revolution, President Ho Chi Minh made a
Declaration of Independence, putting an end to French colonialism and asserting
Vietnam’s right to independence. But the French colonialists, and then American
imperialists, persisted in their aggression and conspiracy to sustain foreign
domination over and introduce neo-colonialism to Vietnam. For 30 years the
Vietnamese people, courageous and strong, remained willing to sacrifices their
lives for the sake of freedom.
April 30, 1975 saw the overwhelming victory of the
Vietnamese people, and the restoration of peace and the nation’s freedom,
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
To cherish the memories of the Vietnamese
people’s great heroism in their struggle against foreign aggressions and to denounce
the crimes and highlight the tragic consequences of those aggressions, the
Exhibition House for the Crimes of America and Its Puppet Government opened to
the public on September 4, 1975. Its name was changed first into the Exhibition
House for the Crimes of the Wars of Aggression on October 11, 1990, and the War
Remnants Museum on July 4, 1995.
Opening ceremony of the Exhibition
House for the Crimes of America and Its Puppet Government on September 4, 1975
Now the War Remnants Museum is run
by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports. A member of the
Vietnamese museum network as well as the International Network of Museums for
Peace (INMP) and International Council of Museums (ICOM), it researches,
collects, preserves, and displays documents, photos and artefacts revealing the
crimes committed during the wars of aggression against Vietnam and their
consequences. This is how the Museum has decided to educate the public,
especially young generations, about the spirit of struggle for national
independence, the sense of opposition to the wars of aggression and safeguarding
peace and solidarity between nations.
The Museum has more than 20,000
documents, artefacts, films, and photos, 1,500 of which are showcased in eight
permanent exhibitions. During its 43 years of existence, the Museum has
received over 17 million Vietnamese and international visitors. Now, with over
one million visitors a year, the War Remnants Museum is among the most visited of
all cultural locations and tourist destinations, and honoured to enjoy the
confidence of the public internationally and locally.
Its endeavours have fetched it the Government’s Labour Medal,
3rd class, in 1995 and Labour Medal, 2nd class, in 2001. It was named by
TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel website, among the top
international museums in many years, gaining the 10th position in 2018.
The War Remnants Museum with the Labour
Medal, 2nd class, awarded by President Tran Duc Luong on March 12, 2001
The War Remnants Museum is honoured after
being voted among the 10 most exciting destinations in Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnamese
and international visitors in November 2009.
The War Remnants Museum receives the traditional banner from
the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on its 35th anniversary (September 4,
1975 – September 4, 2010)
The War Remnants Museum was chosen
as one of the country’s five most outstanding museums in August 2012.
Between 2002 and 2010 the Museum was
rebuilt and modernised. The construction was finished on April 30, 2010. It is
now expanding its exhibitions to cover the French and Japanese colonisation and
Thank you for your interest and cooperation!
Early closure notice (08/07/2019)
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