As a capital of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history, Hanoi has many attractive museums that tourists should not ignore.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
Designed by Soviet architects with a shape said to represent the lotus flower, Ho Chi Minh Museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of the revolutionary leader. Inaugurated in 1990, on what would have been his 100th birthday, the museum depicts Ho Chi Minh’s epic struggle for the liberation of Vietnam from imperial powers.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Covering 54 ethnic tribes that live throughout Vietnam, this museum houses an enormous collection of artefacts including clothing, jewellery and musical instruments. Most strikingly, the grounds feature examples of Tay and Yao stilt houses, as well as an Ede long house and a Garai traditional tomb. There are also many extraordinary photos to be found at this attractive museum.
Fine Arts Museum
Housed in a French colonial house from 1930s, this impressive building explores art from the prehistory to the present day. Examples of socialist realist paintings that show peasants striking patriotic poses are of particular interest, while there are also sculptures of the ancient Cham, beautiful oil-and-silk paintings, and precious artworks from Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.