Take a look at these best museums to get an insight into Ho Chi Minh city‘s amazing history, art, and culture.
Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts
Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of Saigon’s most beautiful architectural works today.
The museum was established in 1987 and officially came into operation in 1991. It was formerly a mansion of the Chinese-origin bourgeois named Hua Bon Hoa – one of the wealthiest people in Saigon in the early twentieth century.
When entering the museum, you will be impressed by the combination of the East and West’s architectural styles, creating harmony and elegance.
The museum is also the most prominent art center in the country, with about 21,000 artifacts.
- Address: 97A, Pho Duc Chinh, District 1
- Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm
- Entrance fee: 30,000 VND/adult & 10,000 VND/child
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
The Factory Contemporary Arts Center is a fascinating spot for art lovers. Using a series of containers to create a very cool and fancy space, The Factory impresses visitors who first enter.
You can also find cafes and a library in this art center. All areas are well decorated, creating a modern and Western environment.
Address: 15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm from Tuesday – Sunday
- Adults: 50,000VND
- Inner Circle members and students (with ID): 40,000VND
- Children under 12 y.o: free
Ao Dai museum
About a 30-minute drive from Saigon city center, Ao Dai Museum is an excellent getaway from the bustling city.
Ao Dai museum is conveniently located in the green space of Long Thuan garden, bearing a traditional Vietnamese architectural style.
This museum is the only one in Vietnam dedicated to honoring the beauty of the Ao dai.
Here, you will have the opportunity to learn the origin and development of Ao dai through each historical period. Ao Dai museum also offers meaningful stories behind each item.
- Address: 206/19/30 Long Thuận, District 9
- Opening hours: 8 am to 5 pm
- Entrance fee: 100,000 VND/ adult; 30,000 VND/ students & 10,000 VND/ child
Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO Museum)
FITO Museum is one of the first private museums in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The museum opened in 2007 with 18 galleries on a modest area of 600 m2.
Although it is a private museum, the number of artifacts and valuable prescriptions here is quite large. There are 4,000 artifacts related to Vietnamese traditional medicine and 1112 prescriptions.
Also, you can see the process of making medicine in the past, including cutting, dispersing, tasting, and buying medicine directly at the museum.
- Address: 41 Hoàng Dư Khương District 10
- Opening hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday
- Entrance fee: 120,000 VND/ adult and 60,000 VND/ child
Artinus 3D Museum of Art
Artinus 3D Museum of Art is one of the most exciting museums in Ho Chi Minh.
Located in Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 7, the museum displays hundreds of beautiful 3D works created by Korean artists.
Artinus Museum has nine areas with topics suitable for different ages, such as Aqua Zone, Animal Zone, Giant Zone, etc. You can try different poses and take fun photos with your loved ones while visiting this museum.
If you enjoy visiting the Trickeye museum in South Korea, you’d love this one as well!
- Address: 2 Đường số 9, Tân Hưng, District 7
- Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and until 7 pm on weekends
- Entrance fee: 300,000 VND
War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum is one of Saigon’s most popular tourist attractions and a must-visit on your list.
The War Remnants Museum was established in September 1975, containing over 20,000 artifacts, documents, films, and photos of the two wars against France and the US.
It preserves the heroic evidence of the Vietnamese people in their struggle against the invading forces and highlights the devastating consequences of the invasion war.
In particular, this museum includes many different areas. For example, the front yard features helicopters and bombers used by the French and American Empires.
The main building includes many galleries of artifacts, images of war, consequences of war, and especially the pain from Agent Orange.
In addition to the main area, the museum also recreates the “Tiger Cages” on Con Dao Island, where former political prisoners were held.
- Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3
- Opening hours: 7:30 am – 6 pm
- Entrance fee: 40,000 VND
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
This museum was originally the residence of the Governor of the States and the supreme court and later changed its name.
Designed of French neoclassical architecture with beautiful sculptural motifs, Ho Chi Minh City Museum is also a great spot if you love photography.
Not only attracts visitors with its styles, but this museum also displays many valuable artifacts and offers fascinating information.
With nine galleries, each room will take you to a historical period and help you fully understand the development of Ho Chi Minh city.
- Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1
- Opening hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
- Entrance fee: 30,000 VND
Museum of Vietnamese History
The Museum of Vietnamese History was established in 1929, with the name Blanchard de la Brosse Museum.
This museum is now home to tens of thousands of valuable artifacts and gives excellent insights into Vietnam’s past.
Also, it has more than 25,000 books and precious materials for archeological research, history, museums, and ethnography.
Visiting the Museum of Vietnamese History, you also have the opportunity to watch the performance of Water Puppet Dance – a form of folk music performance that appeared more than 1000 years ago.
- Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Opening hours: 8 am – 11:30 am & 1 pm – 5 pm
- Entrance fee: 30,000 VND
South-Vietnamese Women Museum
The Southern Women’s Museum was established in 1985, is one of the museums that retain photographs and artifacts showing the life of Southern women in the war.
These artifacts are divided into collections according to a specific theme or material. In addition, the museum’s library room holds more than 11,000 books dedicated to women.
Ho Chi Minh Museum Dragon Wharf
If you have a chance to visit Nha Rong pier, don’t forget to stop by the Ho Chi Minh museum.
This museum is about the life and career of Uncle Ho. The museum campus has many artifacts of Uncle Ho during the revolutionary activities.
The location of this museum is Nha Rong pier, which is also the place on June 5, 1911, Uncle Ho left Vietnam to seek and rescue the country.
- Address: 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh – District 4
- Opening hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday
- Entrance fee: 25,000 VND