B52 Victory Museum was inaugurated on January 1st in 1986. It was then upgraded and renovated in December, 2012, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the victory of “Hanoi - Dien Bien Phu in the air”.
Being one of the buildings in the complex of Vietnam Military History Museum, as one of the Best Things to do in Hanoi, B52 Victory Museum showcases a glorious era in the nation’s history in which Hanoi’s citizens and soldiers scored a triumph in the bombing raid of the US in 1972.
B52 Victory Museum front view
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Inside the museum
Recommended time: if you visit the museum in summer, 9 am is perfect for your visit since the weather is boiling hot after 12 am and most of the displays are outside
Outdoor display at B52 Museum Hanoi
After the renovation:
The museum is divided into 2 parts: indoor and outdoor display. The former is 1500 m2 while the later is 4000 m2
B52 Victory Museum is worth a half-day visit
1. The “Sacrifice for the survival of the nation” tradition of Hanoi’s armed force through different historical periods.
Inside the museum are many artifacts from that time period, pictures and books including strategy plans, and more leading up to the present. People interested in the Vietnam war history need to visit this place. It’s definitely a must see and learn experience.
2. Theme: “Crime and Punishment”, “The World for Vietnam, the whole country for Hanoi”
Through the documents, pictures, artifacts, visitors can see clearly the conspiracy of the American imperialism to turn Vietnam into ruins.
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The indoor display at B52 Museum
The documents recount:
Numerous documents, pictures, artifacts inside the museum
3. The introduction of “Dien Bien Phu in the air” and the development of the 12-day battle in December 1972.
The introduction of weapons used by Hanoi’s residents and soldiers during the resistance against American troops, especially within 12 days and nights on December 1972. The control station of Abuha missile shootig down four planes B-52 bomber A Long Range Radar Aircraft Mig 21 that Vietnamese military used to shoot down aircraft F4 of America in 1972
The SAM 2 missile that shot down the first B.52 in Hanoi
The wreckage of USA tactical jets shot down in Hanoi
The wreckage of B.52s shot down in the bombardment, Scraps of aircraft Stato Fortress that were shot down by Hanoi people. A part of the aircraft wing Aircraft remnants after the war Bombs that the American army force used in northern Vietnam from 1964 to 1972
The information board of B-52 Stato Fortress in the museum
Artifacts of suicidal squads during “60 days and nights of the beginning of the nationwide resistance” against French colonialists
The artifact collection is properly highlight of B52 Victory Museum
After 3 decades of existence, B52 Victory Museum has attracted a large number of tourists, especially those who are into history and planes. It is also the witness of a time when a poor country defeated a giant empire with ingenious strategies and steely determination.
In brief, The B52 Victory Museum Hanoi deserves to be one of the typical cultural and historical sites in the capital.
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