Dedicated to scientist Alexandre Yersin, this small museum is where he once lived and worked. On display is his laboratory equipment, books from his library and personal letters to his mother.
Entrance fee for adults: VND 26,000
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Originally born in Aubonne, Canton Vaud, Switzerland, the bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin is one of the three Frenchmen whose names didn’t get deleted from street signs and other public places when the communists took over the country. He studied medicine at Lausanne, Marburg and Paris, before he joined the Louis Pasteur's research laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure by invitation of Emile Roux.
He created a personal laboratory in 1895 to manufacture a vaccine for the bubonic plague and is well-known in the area for his work in sanitation and agriculture and his ability to predict typhoons.
His unofficial name, given to him by the Vietnamese people, used to be Ông Năm which translates to Mr. Five. An expression that indicates in this case that he was assigned the number five as the head of the medical department.
Yersin is remembered in Vietnam to this day. A pagoda was erected on his tomb in Suoi Dau and ceremonies are performed in his worship. The epitaph on his tombstone reads
"Benefactor and humanist, venerated by the Vietnamese people"
Alexandre Yersin also discovered Da Lat in 1893 and a private university that was founded in Da Lat in 2004 was named Yersin University.