If you are interested in history, this place should be on your list when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. The museum is situated right next to the zoo on Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm street.
The Vietnam History Museum was built in 1929 with a concrete pagoda-like structure. There are two main themes in the museum’s collections. The first one exhibits the history of Vietnam in prehistoric time, from ancient time to the 1930s when the Vietnamese Communist Party was born. The second one displays various themes of historical characteristics of southern Vietnam such as ancient archaeological artifacts, Cham sculptures, an extensive ceramics collection and displays from ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. All signs and descriptions are translated into English, so it is a great place for historical interest. Here you can also enjoy a 20 minutes water puppet performances for an extra fee (about 50,000đ), and performances are held every hour between 9 and 11am and 2 and 4pm Tuesday through Sunday.
One important note, you must purchase a 30,000đ camera ticket to take pictures in the museum, though the entrance fee is just 15,000đ. The History Museum opens from 8 to 11am and 2 to 4pm daily, except Monday.
Vietnam History Museum
This Vietnam history museum’s exhibition is divided into the different periods of history from prehistoric days to the Nguyễn dynasty (19th-middle of the 20th centuries). Several particular traits of Southern Vietnam are introduced such as Oc-Eo culture and Chăm bronze statuettes.