Museums of Hanoi

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Museums of Hanoi
The Vietnamese capital has a trove of cultural institutions that shine a light on the influences and events that have shaped the country. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is the country’s top art establishment, housed in a former Catholic girls’ boarding house, and features contemporary, historic, and prehistoric works. Anthropologists will especially savor the Museum of Ethnology that explores the 54 officially recognized ethnic tribes of Vietnam. Exhibits include a brief primer on each tribe, information about their clothing, and even replicas of dwellings scattered around the 10-acre complex. Perhaps the most relevant to Americans today is the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, whose exterior is a strangely cheery sun-yellow. Built by the French at the end of the 19th century, and identifiable by its original French name Maison Centrale in bold letters above the entrance, it housed a number of U.S. soldiers captured during the Vietnam War, including Senator John McCain—his flight suit is among the exhibits.
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66 Nguyễn Thái Học, Điện Biên, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
+84 24 3733 2131
Sun - Sat 8:30am - 5pm