The Ho Chi Minh City Museum

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum, built in 1885 and once known as  Gia Long Palace  is dedicated to the history of the city in a building that, with its varied history, deserves its own museum - if only the walls could speak.


A uniquely beautiful and impressive building that tells the history of the city using archaeological artifacts, ceramics, old city maps and displays about the wedding traditions of its different ethnic groups. 

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The struggle for independence is treated in great detail in the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, with most of the upper floor dedicated to it.

A network of reinforced concrete bunkers and paved corridors is located deep below the building. The system, the branches of which extend to the Reunification Palace, houses living areas, a kitchen, and a large meeting room. In 1963, President Diem and his brother hid here before fleeing to Cha Tam Church. The network has limited public access because most tunnels are flooded.

Various military equipment is found in the gardens, including the American-made F-5E jet that a renegade South Vietnamese pilot used to bomb the Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Palace) on April 8, 1975.

All current exhibitions:

"Nature - Archeology"

Represents geography, minerals, animals, flora, river system and people's lives in 2000, 3000 BC with artifacts such as stone picks, stone axes, personal decorations and graves.

"Geography - Administration"

Map collections Saigon maps 1623 - 1679, 1793, 1815, 1898, 1918 and ancient objects such as B. The seal of the governor of Le Van Duyet Giadinh. Pictures of ancient monuments built at the beginning of the 20th century: town hall, Saigon cathedral, Saigon post office…

"The trading port"

527 artifacts, 36 photos and 10 maps show Saigon, the economic center of the south.

"Saigon Culture - Ho Chi Minh City"

Shows the diverse cultural history of Saigon ´s with the focus on the introduction of belief, custom, traditional performance art and education of some ethnic groups such as Viet, Cham, Chinese and Khmer.

The exhibition shows traditional wedding customs, collections of musical instruments, costumes and photos of some famous plays in the Cai Luong theater.

"Revolutionary struggle 1930 - 1954"

The founding of the Vietnamese Communist Party in 1930, the first party cell in Saigon. National heroes such as Tran Phu, Ly Tu Trong, Ha Huy Tap, Nguyen Van Cu, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Le Hong Phong. Historical uprisings: Nam Ky, The August Revolution.

Saigon Industrial and Craft Village - Ho Chi Minh City

Pottery, wood engravings, jewelry industry, bronze ...
The industry in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

"Memorial Collection of Patriotic Soldiers"

"Vietnam currency" represents 1086 objects, including bronze and zinc coins: coins of feudal dynasties such as Dinh, Le, Ly, Tran, Nguyen, paper currency French Indochina.

Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From Monday to Sunday

What is the best way to visit this museum?

Especially if you are traveling in small groups or with your family and have children, a private vehicle is the best choice. So you can book a private vehicle or simply combine the visit with a private city tour to visit this unique museum in Saigon.

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