Top 5 Museums in Hanoi that history passionates should visit

  • 06/12/2019

When you come to Hanoi, there are countless places to see, from the most active to the very quiet. For visitors who are especially interested in history, Whatsup Vietnam would like to recommend some must-visit museums in Hanoi. Whatsup Vietnam is giving you a handful of suggestions for you.



Opened in 1990 on the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, this museum is one of the biggest museums in Vietnam. The whole museum is an elaborate description of Ho Chi Minh’s life with collection of artifacts, miniatures and description written in English and French. Since this museum is located in Ho Chi Minh Complex, you can conveniently arrange a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Mot Cot Pagoda and Ba Dinh Square.

Ho Chi Minh museum

- Address: No. 19, Ngoc Ha Street, Doi Can Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00, everyday
- Entrance fee: 40.000 VND/person


This museum is considered as the city’s most informative and resourceful museum. Visitors will be offered an insight into 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam with 15.000 artifacts, 273 record tapes, 373 video tapes and over 42.000 documentaries. You can also have a chance to see Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas with a variety of architectural styles in the outdoor display area. Moreover, all the descriptions are written in 3 languages: Vietnamese, English and French.

Vietnam museum ethnology

You can watch Water Puppetry here, which will be one of the most fascinating experience in Hanoi without any doubt.

- Address: Nguyen Van Huyen road, Cau Giay district, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30, everyday except Monday
- Entrance fee: 40.000 VND/person; watching Water Puppetry fee: 90.000 VND


This museum is ranked as top 1 tourist attraction in Hanoi by National Tourism Department in 2016. This place is a collection of artifacts from ancient times, costumes and jewelries of ethnic groups with complete and transparent descriptions. It is also a cultural retention center for Vietnamese women and international women for the sake of equality.

Vietnamese women's museum

photo by Lonely planet

- Address: No. 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00, everyday
- Entrance fee: 30.000 VND/person


Built by the French, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum not only has its own beautiful architechture but is very spacious with many art galleries. You will come across artworks, archaeological and historical materials of Vietnamese fine arts from the prehistoric and early history to the present. The number of artifacts and artworks is up to 20.000, including 9 national treasures.

fine art museum

- Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
- Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:00, everyday
- Entrance fee: 40.000 VND/person


This museum was listed on the Top museum’s beautiful architecture in the world because of its unique architectural design. The building consists of 4 floors on the ground and 2 underground with an overall design of an inverted Pyramid.

Hanoi museum

The number of artifacts of Hanoi Museum reaches tens of thousands. The collection includes stoneware, bronze and ceramics of the Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen dynasties, and ceramics of China and Japan

- Address: Pham Hung Road, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:30; 13:30 – 17:00
- Entrance fee: Free

Whatsup Vietnam believes that these above museums will make your Hanoi local experience more interesting, knowledgable and memorable.

By Hoang Ninh

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