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Located just inside Ho Chi Minh City's botanic gardens and zoo in District 1, the Museum of Vietnamese History offers a compelling glimpse into the rich past of the country. A former museum of Asian studies during Vietnam’s colonial period, it is now solely dedicated to Vietnamese and Asian history. The Museum of Vietnamese History includes an assortment of exhibits like wooden coffins, royal jewellery, and even a mummified body. With 19 permanent exhibitions tracing the history of this land from prehistoric period till just before the colonial era and a traditional water puppet show, it’s a fascinating place to better understand this majestic country.
Specializing in Vietnamese history and Southeast Asian history before the colonial era, the Museum of Vietnamese History provides a beginner’s guide to understanding Vietnam. Formerly known as Saigon National Museum, it was renamed the Museum of Vietnamese History, though it’s not to be confused with the National Museum of Vietnamese History that is located in Hanoi. The museum, spanning more than 2,000 square kilometres, is located inside Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens area. Even if you’re not particularly a history buff, the museum’s surrounding gardens and promenade make for a wonderfully peaceful experience.
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