Bao Tang Con Dao Museum

Con Dao Islands

This impressive museum has more than 2000 exhibits, including many rare documents, dioramas and excellent photographs, which comprehensively record the island's history, including the French colonial era and of course the 'prison period'. Modern displays, including audiovisuals, are used. Entrance is free with the 40,000d Con Dao sights ticket.

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