National Museum of History
The National Museum of History in Hanoi is one of the country's top museums.
An extensive collection of over 7,000 artefacts that traces Vietnam's history makes this museum worth a visit. The Museum's exhibition system is arranged chronologically from primitive life in Vietnam to the August 1945 Revolution and the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Don't miss the bronze Dong Son drums and 2,500 year-old coffin canoe. The Hanoi Museum of History, opened in 1958, is mostly focused on the ancient; if you're looking for more recent history, head to Hanoi's Revolution Museum across the street.
Hanoi's Museum of History was established in 1958 on the foundation of the Louis Finot Museum of Oriental Arts that was built in 1926 under French rule. Today, the museum is one of Vietnam's cultural and scientific centres that preserves the nation's valuable tangible cultural heritages. In addition, the museum studies and spreads historical science through numerous collections of precious artefacts that reflect the history of Vietnam. The Museum of History is divided into four exhibition areas: Vietnam in the prehistory, the early national construction to the Tran Dynasty, Vietnam from the Ho Dynasty to the August 1945 Revolution and Champa stone sculptures.