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Top 7 museums are worth visiting in Saigon

Besides modernization, industrialization, tourism, and gastronomies, Saigon is also a city of culture, history, and art. That can explain why the city has several museums which exhibit historical artifacts, memories of war, or modern art. Some tourists coming to Saigon want to visit museums to understand the city’s culture and people.

So are you interested in enjoying the exhibitions or discovering the stories of the past? Do you also love spending hours and hours at the museums during your trip to Saigon? Here are the top 7 recommended museums that are worth visiting in Saigon.

War Remnants Museum

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3

Open hour: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Pay the entrance fee

A visit to the War Remnants Museum can bring emotional and heart-touching moments to you. The museum displays documents and historical artifacts. It also shows how cruel and terrible the war was, especially when you see a group of disabled adults and children who had suffered from “Agent Orange” sitting at the corner of the museum to sell souvenirs.

You will behold some authentic military hardware such as helicopters and tanks at the outside of the building. When you go inside, the exhibitions will leave you a deep impression. The pictures of dead bodies, terrified children, families running away, or American military equipment are displayed. You can also go to the backyard to see how horrible the Vietnam War is through the imitations of “tiger cages” or prisons.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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Built in 1885 – 1890 and changed into several names after each stage of its long-standing history, the building became Ho Chi Minh City Museum as it is today since 1999. There, you will learn about the city's story through artifacts, ceramics, photo collections, old city maps, or campaigns for the city's independence. Not only that, you can find out some traditions, cultures of the Vietnamese. Designed of French neoclassical architecture with beautiful sculptural motifs, the building is also excellent for photographing.

Fine Arts Museum

97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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If you love exploring fine art, modern art, we bet this is the best recommendation for you. Located at the heart of the city, the Fine Arts Museum is easily found thanks to yellow buildings with arched window pivots and French architecture. Not only exhibits old fine arts, but the museum also focuses on contemporary fine arts and handicrafts made by some artists around the country. The building itself has a special history that you can figure out when visiting it. There, you can also feel free to take selfies or poses with the high lobby, large pillars, or stairs on the two sides.

Museum of Vietnamese history

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1

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Located next to Thao Cam Vien Park, the museum showcases Vietnam's history with exhibits from all periods such as the prehistoric period, Metal Age, some dynasties, and some signature cultures. It is suggested to admire the exhibition of the preserved mummy of a local woman who died in the 19th century, excavated from Xom Cai in District 5. One thing should be highly noted that you are not allowed to take photos inside the rooms of exhibitions.

Artinus 3D Museum

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

02-04 Street No.9, District 7

Pay fee

There, you will have a great time exploring hundreds of 3D artworks and an area of ​​over 4,000 square meters. By discovering fantastic collections and 9 different zones such as Aqua Zone, Animal Zone, Vietnam Zone, Giant Zone, MasterPiece Zone, or Egypt Adventure Zone, and more, you will truly live in the world like a dream! This is also an amazing place for photographing in the concept of jungles, oceans, skies, dreamlike fairy worlds…

FITO Museum

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

41 Hoang Du Khuong, District 10

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It is also known as Museums of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy, a couple of the first private museums in Vietnam. The museum displays nearly 3,000 items relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age, documents, traditional Vietnamese medicine books, objects, or items used in conventional medicine,… The central theme of the building is antique Vietnamese architecture that attracts visitors with wood, bamboo, and calm color.

Áo Dài Museum

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

206/19/30 Long Thuan, District 9

Pay the entrance fee

Though this museum is not so famous for international tourists, we highly recommend it because this is one of the best places to explore the story and the beauty of our traditional costume, Áo Dài. The museum display 150 models of Áo Dài, tracing its development through different historical periods. Honestly, it is not just an exhibition but a “stage” to perform the story of each design of the dresses. As it is located quite far from the center, you could take motorbike taxis to get there.

With the list of 7 must-visit museums in Saigon, we bet you enjoy your time admiring the culture, tradition, and art of this city. After walking along with the exhibitions, why not get on our bikes and go around Saigon with us to explore more the local lifestyles? Call us or book in advance here

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