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Name: Army Museum
Address: 28 Dien Bien Phu Str., Ba Đình, Hanoi

Directions: Take Dien Bien Phu out of the Old Quarter to the West, and you'll find the museum on the right next to the flag tower.

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21.03211566232992 105.84025740623474
Description: A Museum of Vietnam's recent military history.
Rating: 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 6 reviews.

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apogee on Army Museum
March 23rd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

A fairly interesting museum to look around and see some old military equipment. Unfortunately a lot of the signage in front of exhibits is only in Vietnamese.

It was great to get a chance to climb the tower and get a bit of a birds eye view of the city.

At 20,000 it's quite pricey compared to some museums, but I still think a worthwhile place to visit.

Sissy on Army Museum
October 18th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I must admit I read none of the information displayed, so really cannot comment on the historical aspect of the museum. Nevertheless, I had a great time there, my son was in heaven as he was able to climb into some of the planes/helicopters and play pilot. We had great discussions about what jet fighters are for and what a war is. Really valuable lesson for little children while still having heaps of fun.

newbrunette on Army Museum
September 11th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Vietnamese military history is represented here in the monumental-triumphalist style -- an extension of, (or if you like, a counterpoint to) the War Remembrance Museum in SG. While I have nothing but respect for North Vietnam's self-defence against the French and American armies, allow me to point out that this is kind of a guy's view of war, with its emphasis on strategy, technology, and the bravery and brilliance of a few well-known leaders of the people's movement. The enormous suffering, resourcefulness, and sacrifices of common people (especially women) are barely visible, unless you look hard at the sharpened bamboo stakes that some villages used to interrupt the enemy's advance. However, if you want to see photographs and souvenirs of the 20th century resistance, you have come to the right place, and a little reading before your visit will enhance your understanding of what's in the cases here.

The best part of this museum is a little tactical diorama of Dien Bien Phu with twinkling lights that illustrate the points made by (an unsubtitled) film about the French rout there. The artifacts in that gallery are impressive, and a French helmet cut by bullet holes pretty much tells the story. There is also a nice diorama of the tunnel system used in N and S VN downstairs in the hall by a (replica?) tank that liberated the South.

The enduring legacy of American shame is on show in the courtyard, where the carcasses of American warplanes are piled next to intact fighter planes and helicopters, as well as the shells and interiors of bombs -- though these artifacts and materiel are beginning to look like period pieces, it is still mind-boggling that these were used against a nation of mostly poor rice farmers.

The Vietnamese equipment on display is impressive too, and there are some artillery pieces on display to commemorate the downing of 3,000 plus US aircraft over the course of the war -- in itself a rather staggering accomplishment.

Though there are other dimensions to the history of combat in Vietnam, this museum is required reading.

hellofromsi on Army Museum
May 2nd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Army museum

In a nutshell you already know what this is going to be about from the name!
Just for a little more info..... If you don’t know much about what Vietnam has been through in the past. You can get a pretty good insight here. Look in to it as much or as little as you want.

For those not in interested in the museum/history it’s worth a trip for the flag tower. You obviously don’t get views like the empire state buildings but can sample a bit of Hanoi and gives a day a slight twist from your normal day to day activities.

Open 8am-11.30am & 1pm-4.30pm
Closed Monday and Friday

Price of admission is 20,000 VND

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zimdingo on Army Museum
December 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

A History Buff's Dream: One of the best out of the seven national museums in Hanoi. Located near Lenin Park and President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, it is a must-see on any historians to-do list. The museum provides a great counter-balance to the history learned in many of the Western-world classrooms. The hundreds of photographs depicting a moment in time are fascinating, albeit a bit grainy. The museum takes the visitor back 4000 years, but mostly focuses on the Ho Chi Minh and the Resistance Wars.

Added Features: There's a library for people wanting a deeper grasp on Vietnam's military culture. Guided tours available.

Flag Tower: I didn't know that I (anyone) can climb to the top of the Flag Tower. You get a nice vantage from the top, overlooking a courtyard with old planes, guns, cannons, and other military items. A Highlands has conveniently mushroomed up at the base of Flag Tower.

** museum closes for lunch 11:30-1pm.

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