28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Didn't really know what to expect here. Being British, the war isn't part of my country's history, but I felt compelled to come here. It's very detailed, very informative, and very interesting. Start on the top floor, work your way down the next 2 floors. Some excellent photography, some of it very harrowing. I came here alone, as we'd been warned not to bring kids. To be fair, it would have been possible to have kept them out of certain rooms, but not sure what the kids would have got out of it. After visiting this place, I will definitely do some reading about the war. Once you've finished inside, there are a lot of US military vehicles which were used during the war, and there's also a small museum dedicated to prisons, although not on the scale of the one in Hanoi. There's a small souvenir shop, and a cafe where I had a beer to relax after the serious nature of the exhibits. All in all, an excellent place.
What an exciting museum this is to visit. As an avid history buff, I am overcome with joy at the chance to visit history. This museum showcases some of the most iconic weapons of the American war in Vietnam. There is also a large display dedicated to the victims of Dow/Monsanto’s Agent Orange. Both the Vietnamese and Americans were victims of the spraying of these terrible chemicals in Vietnam.
Amazing place to learn about the war history of Vietnam. Will be a pity to rush through all the exhibits which is a plenty. Well documented and with many photos to bring visual to the readers. After all, a picture tells a thousand stories. Some exhibits may be quite disturbing, after all it's about the atrocities of war. Educational.
A truly moving museum with vivid photos and stories of the effects of war on the people of Vietnam. There are some very graphic images you may wish to avoid young children seeing but for adults it's important to see the effects of war. This beautiful country full of friendly and welcoming people has come far from the days of conflict but it is so recent, and the photos show locations so similar to today, that having spent the last few weeks travelling Vietnam and seeing the people I struggled to process what happened to them. You absolutely must see this museum when in Vietnam. It's 40k per person and it doesn't close at noon like many museums. Tip: Once you've finished a short walk (5-10 minutes) away is Independence Palace. It's a good way to stay on your cultural adventure but have something slightly more positive and enjoyable after the heavy emotional toll here.
Super important visit if you want to understand the history of Vietnam. A lot of propaganda in the mix, but in meaningful, contextually relevant doses with a lot more truth in them than most propaganda in the rest of the world. Heart wrenching and eye opening. If you do the entire thing properly you’ll want a quiet lunch afterwards for a couple hours to process what you’ve seen.