If you are a history and culture buff, why don’t you book a Hanoi Museum Tour and explore our historical values in your first day in Hanoi?
With this Hanoi Museum FREE Tour, you will surely discover not only Vietnamese history but also our daily life and cultural values through items displayed in these museums.
Our tour guide picks you up at your hotel or the meeting point according to the pick-up time arranged. We’ll then begin our Hanoi Museum Tour.
Built between 1925 and 1932, Vietnam National Museum of History was formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême-Orient. This architecturally impressive museum has a blend of Chinese and French design elements. In here preserving more than 7,000 precious objects, some aged thousand years old which represent the cultural diversity of the country. Exhibit highlights include bronzes from the Dong Son culture (3rd century BC to 3rd century AD), Hindu statuary from the Khmer and Champa kingdoms, jewelry from imperial Vietnam, and displays relating to the French occupation and the Communist Party. Besides Vietnamese origin objects, it consists of objects from other culture like China, Japan, Thailand. Here, you’ll gain a better understanding of Vietnamese history from the earliest time until recently.
We’ll then move to the next destination which is the Vietnam Women’s Museum. This excellent modern museum showcases Vietnamese women’s significant contributions to the nation’s development, culture and society. The Museum is also a center for cultural exchange with women from other nations with the goal of fostering ‘equality, development and peace’. They're up to 25,000 objects displayed in the museum which were divided into three thematic displays: Women in Family, Women in History and Women’s Fashion. The Museum’s collection features historical and contemporary objects which illustrate and reflect the lives and roles of Vietnamese women in society. It also gives insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, addressed through the lens of women’s issues.
After visiting the excellent Vietnam Women’s Museum, we’ll then head to the next one which is the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. This is a national museum established by the Vietnamese government to preserve and present the country’s artistic treasures. The museum building itself is an artistic work of architecture. It is a combination of old French-style architecture with traditional architectural elements of Vietnamese communal houses. The museum displays not only paintings, sculptures, ceramics and lacquers created by modern Post-war artists but many of its contents date back as far as pre-historic and feudalism time including different forms of religious sculptures, folk paintings and ceramics. After that, we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant with the traditional cuisine of Vietnam. Hanoi Museum Tour to Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
We’ll off to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology after lunch. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is where you can learn about the diversity of Vietnamese culture with 54 ethnic minorities. The museum consists of documents, antiques and photos of culture and rite of several ethnic communities from the North to the South of Vietnam. It is also well-known for its outdoor exhibition area, at which you could see real house or tombs of some minor groups in Vietnam.
Our last destination of Hanoi Museum Tour is Hoa Lo Prison Museum. This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners Vietnam War. This was once known as “Hell on earth” during the Vietnam War. Most exhibits in the museum relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. The most outstanding relic here is the French guillotine which was used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries. There are also displays focusing on the American pilots who were incarcerated at Hoa Lo during the Vietnam War. Then, we’ll take you back to your hotel and we finish our tour here.
Enjoy the Top.1 Show in Hanoi for an hour Hanoi Water Puppet Show. This is one of the must-do activities in Hanoi!
End the tour at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Say goodbye and see you again!