The interesting history of Saigon is kept alive in several amazing museums throughout Ho Chi MInh City. Whether you are interested in the American War or fine art, include a visit to one or more museums in your city tour itinerary.

The National History Museum in District 1 is one of the must-see attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. It displays a variety of ancient artifacts and other items, that tell about the history of Indochina.

Most tourists visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network where the Vietnamese resistance lived and tormented the invaders. A part of the construction has been widened, so even bigger visitors from western countries fit in and move through the webbed tunnels.

Ho Chi MInh City’s Fine Arts Museum is definitely worth a visit. There is a collection of ancient relics, one of the first wooden elevators of Saigon and artworks from the King Generation to the present.

Other must-see museums of Saigon include the Ho Chi Minh Museum, located next to the harbor where famous Uncle Ho started his journey that changed Vietnam forever.

Every tourist visiting Vietnam, usually takes  a look at the War Remnants Museum. It shows not only remnants, but also the gruesome torture methods that were applied to prisoners of war. One section of the museum is especially memorable: It depicts the aftermath of Monsanto’s Agent Orange, a devastating chemical used by the Americans against the people of Vietnam during the war. The haunting images of deformed children show one thing clearly: War is hell.

What one destroys, another one has to mend. The FITO Museum in Ho Chi MInh City is dedicated to the history of Vietnamese medicine. Over 3000 items of medical purposes, some dating back to the Stone Age, as well as samples of traditional Vietnamese medicine are displayed here.

The interesting Women’s Museum shows historical fashion and jewelry items. It gives information about Vietnamese culture, the roles and struggle of women throughout history. It also covers the part Vietnamese women played during the revolution.

The Ho Chi MInh City Museum shows some archeological evidence, but mainly photographic material that depicts the resistance of Vietnam against the French and Americans.

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National History Museum

National History Museum

Established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot, the Saigon National History Museum is in a building that typifies Indochinese architecture. One of many museums in Ho Chi Minh City, this site offers a range of artifacts from Vietnam’s long history, and is a great attraction on your sightseeing itinerary. If you are interested in the past of a ...

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Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum

The Fine Arts Museum of HCMC is set inside an exquisite French colonial villa. The first floor hosts rotating exhibits of contemporary art and the second floor features sketches, paintings and statues, many of which focus on resistance to colonial rulers. The third floor shows older works from Vietnam's history. Check out the antique working elevator that slowly glides its ...

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Women's Museum

Women's Museum

Dedicated to Vietnamese women, the Women's Museum in Saigon has exhibitions covering three floors and focuses on ethnic dress, jewellery and women's struggles. The museum is well laid out with signs in English and there is a tour showcasing the invaluable contributions of women to the fight for Vietnamese independence. Check out the library and boutique. The Women's Museum is ...

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Fito Museum

Fito Museum

The Fito Museum in Saigon is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine.   When in HCMC check out The ...

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Once a French shipping company known as Dragon House Wharf, the Ho Chi Minh Museum hosts an eclectic collection of the former leader's possessions. On display are Uncle Ho's sandals and radio, among other items. Twenty-one year old Nguyen Tat Thanh, later known as Ho Chi Minh, began his struggle for independence here. The museum is open every day except ...

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Built around 1885, this elegant yet understated building has been called, at various times, the French High Commissioner's Office, Gia Long Palace, the Supreme Court, the Revolutionary Museum and finally the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. It contains a photographic record of the Revolution in Vietnam, beginning with the French and ending with the Americans. There is also a ...

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War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

HCMC's War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses provocative displays of weapons and photographs. Established in 1975, the War Remnants Museum focuses on remnants including U.S. armoured vehicles, a fighter jet, a tank, bombs, infantry weapons and the last guillotine used in Vietnam. Located in Saigon's District 3, the War Remnants Museum makes for an enlightening ...

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels are a vast network of underground tunnels from the 1940s, expanded by guerrilla Viet Cong during the American War. The tunnels were hiding places, as well as communication and supply routes, hospitals and living quarters. Sections of the tunnel system large enough for a 40kg person have been widened to cater for larger bodies, but it's still ...

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