Ho Chi Minh Museum
19 Ngách 158/19 Ngọc Hà, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
+84 24 3846 3757
Photo by John Newton
Sun - Sat 8am - 12pm
Tue - Thur, Sat, Sun 2pm - 4:30pm
Ho Chi Minh MuseumThe Ho Chi Minh Museum, which sits just to the south of his mausoleum, may not be at the top of your must-see list—it is, after all, a commitment to devote a chunk of your trip to diving into the life of one man. A visit, however, can be eye-opening and fascinating.
Located in an enormous Soviet-style block of a building, the museum first opened in 1990, to mark the centennial of Ho's birth. The ground floor covers his life and then brings the story of the party and the country he founded up to the present day (he died in 1969). Unless you are already well-versed in 20th-century Vietnamese history, some of the events covered by the museum may feel arcane—every detail of Ho's leadership and his struggle against the French, and then the Americans, is described. The tone, throughout, is beyond reverential as Ho is portrayed as a singularly inspiring, effective, and morally pure leader.
On the second floor, the history of the Vietnamese Communist Party's struggle is recounted alongside that of other revolutionary movements and the achievements of Vietnam under the party's leadership. Given that the country is one of the world's few remaining communist ones, the museum presents a perspective on the last century that is intriguing—increasingly rare and remarkably different from the one common in most non-communist countries.