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Housed in a former American administration building, the War Remnants Museum contains exhibitions that are designed to show the effects of the Vietnam War on the Vietnamese people. It was opened only a few months after the end of the war and used to be known as the Museum of US and Puppet War Crimes. While many of the exhibits have an anti-American slant, the museum’s main goal is to show the horrors of war.
The museum traces the history of Vietnamese warfare from French Vietnam through to the post-Vietnam War era. The ground floor has displays showing international support for the Vietnamese resistance. This exhibition sets the tone for the museum, which is claimed by some international visitors to present a one-sided view of the war.
On the top floor you’ll find an exhibition by Japanese war photographer Ishikawa Bunyo, who covered the Vietnam War throughout the conflict. The exhibition contains more than 250 photographs of soldiers and civilians affected by the war and is considered by many to be a highlight of the museum.
Throughout the museum there are more graphic displays showing the effects of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese population. These exhibitions hold an incredible array of photographs and specimens recounting the human cost of war. If traveling with young children, you might want to skip some of these exhibitions, as they can be quite distressing.
The courtyard is more suitable for children, with displays including former prison cells and a range of American military equipment including tanks, helicopters and planes. There are also a number of unexploded weapons, with charges removed, on display in the courtyard.
Although graphic at times, the museum is one of the most visited attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. The War Remnants Museum is open daily.
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Opera House are also within 5 minutes.
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Thanh Market, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Saigon Square. Bui Vien Walking Street and Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes.
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square and Saigon Central Post Office. Saigon Square and Independence Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Saigon Square. Ben Thanh Market and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 30-4 Park, War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Saigon Central Post Office and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 15 minutes. Saigon Railway Station is 30 minutes by foot.
Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 30-4 Park, Independence Palace and Saigon Central Post Office. War Remnants Museum and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 15 minutes.
Located in District 1, this family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Saigon Central Post Office are also within 10 minutes.
Located in District 1, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts and Opera House are also within 1 mi (2 km).