A short distance from the History Museum, this small collection is devoted to Ho Chi Minh’s campaign to liberate the south. The exhibits...
Temple of King Hung Vuong
Directly opposite the History Museum, this elaborate, high-ceilinged temple honours the first of the legendary Hung kings. They’re said...
One of the first projects undertaken by the French after establishing Cochinchina as a colony was founding these fantastic, lush...
Saigon Water Puppet Theatre
Within the History Museum, this small theatre has performances at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, lasting about 20 minutes.
With full-on, bright, upscale Chinese opulence, it's not the place for a romantic tête-à-tête, but the cuisine at Ocean Palace – near...
Ð Nguyen Binh Khiem · interesting places nearby
History Museum information
Built in 1929 by the Société des Études Indochinoises, this notable Sino-French museum houses a rewarding collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, from the Bronze Age Dong Son civilisation (which emerged in 2000 BC) and the Funan civilisation (1st to 6th centuries AD), to the Cham, Khmer and Vietnamese.
Highlights include valuable relics taken from Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a fine collection of Buddha statues, the perfectly preserved mummy of a local woman who died in 1869, excavated from Xom Cai in District 5, and some exquisite stylised mother of pearl Chinese characters inlaid into panels. Also housing a branch of the shop Nguyen Freres , the museum is just inside the main gate to the city’s botanic gardens and zoo.