Top 5 best museums in Hanoi are Ho Chi Minh Museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Women’s Museum, Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, National Historical Museum.

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Hanoi is home to many historical and thematic museums that preserve and restore Vietnamese historical imprints and cultural features. Traveling to Hanoi, you should not miss visiting the following 5 famous museums.

1 - #5 museums in Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Ho Chi Minh Museum - Source: Internet

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi was inaugurated on May 19, 1990, on the occasion of the 100th birthday anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. Looking from above, the museum resembles a giant white lotus. Getting inside the Museum, tourists will be impressed by a bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh. 

This Hanoi museum is designed with 3 floors:

- The 1st floor: display documents on the biography, life, and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh

- The 2nd floor: display documents about typical struggles and great victories of the Vietnamese army under the leadership of President Ho Chi Minh.

- The 3rd floor: display 6 complexes with the theme of President Ho Chi Minh's homeland, President Ho Chi Minh's funeral, the struggle of the Vietnamese people in the period 1946-1954.

+ Address of this museum in Hanoi: No.19 Ngoc Ha street, Doi Can ward, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi

+ Entrance fee: 40,000 VND/person ($1.73)

+ Opening hours: 8am - 11:30am and 2pm - 4:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Closed on Monday and Friday)

2 - Top museums in Hanoi: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - Source: Internet

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is an ideal attraction for those who want to explore more about the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam through artifacts, pictures, and tapes about the costumes, languages, and architecture of each tribal house. The museum has 3 exhibition areas:

- Outdoor exhibition area: this area recreates the typical house architecture of the tribes in Vietnam such as a communal house, stilt house, tile-roofed house,…This amazing exhibition area makes the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology one of the best museums in Hanoi Vietnam. 

- Exhibition area in Trong Dong building: this area has about 15,000 artifacts and 42,000 footage about the daily life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

- Exhibition area in Southeast Asia building: this area exhibits artifacts about the daily life of people in Southeast Asian countries. 

You also have the opportunity to enjoy many performances of traditional Vietnamese music such as Cheo singing, water puppetry, etc., and participate in Vietnamese folk games when visiting this Hanoi museum. 

+ Address: No.1 Nguyen Van Huyen street, Dich Vong ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi

+ Opening hours: 8:30am - 5pm (except Mondays and Lunar New Year)

+ Entrance fee: 

Adult: 40,000 VND/person ($1.72)

Children under 6 years old: free

3 - Vietnam Women’s Museum - top museums in Hanoi 

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Vietnam Women’s Museum - Source: Internet

The Vietnam Women’s Museum stores and preserves thousands of documents and artifacts associated with the Vietnamese women through different periods in history. The museum has 04 floors displaying documents and artifacts about women from 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. There are a number of tribal costumes from daily dressing to festival or wedding dressing. 

Visiting this Hanoi museum, tourists have a chance to explore and understand more about Vietnamese culture & history, and the important role of Vietnamese women in defending and building the country. 

In addition, the museum also regularly organizes exchanges and special sightseeing events for international tourists. 

- Address: No.36 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hang Bai ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

- Opening hours: 8am - 5pm

- Admission fee: 40,000 VND/adult ($1.73) and 10,000 VND/child ($0.43)

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4 - Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum

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Vietnam Fine Arts Museum - Source: Internet

The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum - top museums in Hanoi, is designed with Western-style, dotted with the curved-tiled roof in the architecture of the Vietnamese communal house. Including 3 floors, the museum has 30 galleries, collecting about 20000 objects and artworks, reflecting the long-standing development of Vietnam's fine arts. The collections in this Hanoi best museum are divided into national treasures, lacquer paintings, oil paintings, silk paintings, paper paintings, folk paintings, sculptures, and ceramic collections.

- Address: No.66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Dien Bien ward, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi

- Opening hours: 8:30am - 5pm

- Entrance fee: 40,000 VND/adult ($1.73); 10,000 VND/child 6 - 16 years old ($0.43)

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5 - Top museums in Hanoi: National Historical Museum

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National Museum of History - Source: Internet

The National Museum of History marks the ancient French architectural style, is a place to store and preserve more than 200,000 artifacts, historical and cultural documents of Vietnam. There are many rare and precious collections such as ancient ceramics, Le Nguyen contemporaries, Ngoc Lu bronze drums, Cham Pa sculptures, etc. The museum has 3D exhibition spaces, attracting visitors with thematic display projects. Visiting this Hanoi museum, you can understand more about the great milestones of Vietnam’s history.

- Address: The museum has 2 facilities. 

+ Facility 1: No.1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district. At facility 1, there are documents and artifacts about Vietnam's history from prehistory to the end before 1945.

+ Facility 2: No.216 Tran Quang Khai street, Hoan Kiem district. This is a place to display documents about Vietnam's history from the mid-20th century to the present.

Opening hours: 8am - 0pm and 1:30pm - 5pm. (Closed on the first Monday of the month).

- Entrance fee of this museum in Hanoi: 40,000 VND/adult ($1.72). The ticket price includes the fare for both facilities. (Buy tickets at the entrance gate to the facility 1)

- Other fees: 

+ Photography fee: 15,000 VND ($0.64) 

+ Filming fee: 30,000 VND ($1.32). 

Note: If you want to film or take photos, please contact the Information room next to the entrance of Facility 1 in advance. 

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Above is the list of the should-not-be-ignored museums when you visit Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam. Tourists can visit and get more understanding about Vietnamese culture, history, and people by visiting those museums in Hanoi.

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