War Remnant Museum
28 Vo Van Tan,
Ward 6, District 3,
Ho Chi Minh City.
1330 - 1700
Note: They *really* close for lunch. If you're already inside, they'll politely tell you to come back later.
Entrance Fee: 15.000 VND per adult
I took a taxi from hotel (only 30.000 VND) and bought tickets from the booth at the entrance. Along with ticket stubs, I was given a sticker (pic below).
There are some military machines and vehicles outside the building. Lots of photo opportunities.
The museum has 3 levels. You might want to start from the top. Flow of information was good. I believe the curator did a good job.
The displays were sobering for me. Many times, I had to stop myself from actually shedding tears. Basically, I walked around the museum with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. The top and middle levels are where the heavy stuff are on display. Photographs, labels and diagram on war, death, violence.
Stories from actual victims of Vietnam War, photographs by war photographers who lost their lives and many other media of information serve as a reminder for us all. Both the horrors and the beauties of Vietnam past are on exhibit in this building.
|Clockwise L-R: Propaganda, Journalists/Photographers Who Died/MIA during war, An agent orange's young victim, & Story of a photographer's last picture|
|The Death of Robert Capa|
|"... or you can become a psycho like the lifer (E-6) in the picture who really digs this kind of shit."|
|"Regardless of prevention, a number of Americans participated in the campaign against the war in the first months of the Nixon Administration. They supported Jim Peck, an American who was arrested in a demonstration in the spring of 1969"|
|"Portrait of Mr. Jui Cunosin, a Japanese who burnt himself in front of the Japanese Prime Minister Palace on November 11, 1967 to protest against the US aggressive war in Vietnam."|
The heartwarming displays are at ground floor. Inspiring and yes, tearjerking. More people died as a consequences of Vietnam war even when they are thousand miles away. You should really experience it yourself. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here.
P.s. There is a playroom to leave the kids in.
If you're facing the building from the main entrance, there are some souvenir stalls on the left side and a cafe on the right.
This is a highly recommended venue to visit in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Enjoy your visit. Peace.