Military History Museum, Hanoi
Ba Dinh District
Tel: 84 4 823 4264
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) may be the most famous but it's certainly not the latest conflict that this resilient nation has endured (that would be a 1979 border clash with China). Four millennia of martial history are recounted at the Military History Museum. Just look for the Russian-built MiG-21 fighter jet across the street from Lenin Park. The bulk of the large collection, which is housed in a series of two-story buildings, concerns the bloody postWorld War II struggles against the French, South Vietnamese, and Americans. Artifacts include a 105-millimeter cannon captured during the siege of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, pack bicycles that carried 700 pounds of supplies at a time down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and talismanic tank T-54B No. 843, which crashed through the gates of the Presidential Palace during the triumphant 1975 conquest of Saigon by North Vietnamese forces.
Open Tuesdays through Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8 to 11:30 am and 1 to 4:30 pm.