History

1929

Ho Chi Minh City History Museum is a large museum and has a long history of development in South Vietnam. Located in the heart of the city, the Museum is a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors.

Ho Chi Minh City History Museum was formerly the Museum of Blanchard de la Brosse (a name of governor in the South of Vietnam) founded in 1929 and the first museum in South Vietnam.

1929

1956

From 1956, the museum was named "Vietnam National Museum" in Saigon, which showcases ancient art in some Asian countries.
1956

1979

Since August 23, 1979, the museum has been officially renamed under Decision No. 235/QD-UB by the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.
1979

2012

In 2012, the Museum building was recognized as National Artistic Architecture Monument. An orient-specific architecture combined with the West architecture creates a building structure that is firm, harmonious and balanced with the surrounding landscape.
2012

Now

Currently, the museum has owned more than 40,000 items on display with many unique and valuable collections originating from many countries and ethnic groups; extremely diverse, abundant materials and types. Collections introduce Vietnamese history and culture from the primitive era to 1945 and introduce unique cultural features in the Southern provinces and some countries in Asia.

The museum is also home to many experts and researchers on history, culture, society in Vietnam, cultures in the region and the world with qualified and experienced staff.

In the current development trend, in order to meet the needs of enjoying cultural values in the spiritual life of the public, the Museum must always renew its activities with the aim of promoting the Museum for the sake of community.

Now

Message from the Board of Directors

Dear valued customers,
In order to understand the history and culture of a region, a country, the first place to visit is the museum that preserves and promotes the value of local cultural heritage. Ho Chi Minh city History Museum is an attractive destination with such characteristics.

Coming to the History Museum, you will be fascinated with the beauty of the History Museum - an ancient French architecture built for nearly a century (1929) characterized by the style of "Innovative Indochina". Just 365 walking steps around the History Museum, visitors can go through thousands of years of history and culture of Vietnam, learn about the cultural characteristics of the Southern region through the system of fixed galleries and special topics. A collection is selected from over 43,000 materials and items on display of the Museum including 11 national treasures presented at the galleries, will be priceless historical and cultural gifts.

Message from the Board of Directors

Ho Chi Minh City History Museum has been trying to provide visitors with more cultural and recreational experiences. Large collections of museums will be displayed in touch screens at fixed galleries and showcased in the museum's media room. Special topic exhibits and interesting educational programs for children will be built and renewed. In addition, the museum has continued to upgrade facilities, exhibitions and better services to serve for the needs of viewing, learning and entertainment of visitors.

In recent years, the History Museum has participated in many large exhibitions abroad: Austria, Belgium, South Korea, USA, etc... to promote Vietnamese culture in other parts of the world. These exhibitions enhance the ability to promote Vietnamese cultural heritage around the world as well as allow the world to access distinct cultural heritage values from diverse civilizations. Efforts in integration with the world culture of the History Museum are aimed at preserving and promoting national cultural identity in the face of globalization trend.

The History Museum will continue to elevate its status as a cultural, scientific and educational institution, an indispensable destination in the heritage journey, and become a museum that all visitors can experience in a meaningful manner. The History Museum hopes that the visitors will have a memorable time with family and friends while experiencing the cultural programs of the Museum.

Best regards

Hoang Anh Tuan

Director of HCMC History Museum

 

History museum

On the precinct of 6.057m2, Ho Chi Minh City History Museum  is an architectural complex including two buildings: The front building was built in 1927 and the rear building was built in 1970.

Design of the Building

The front Building was formerly Blanchard de la Brosse Museum, designed by architect named Auguste Delaval with ancient architectural feature. This Building has a length of 70m, width of 30m, its total area used is 2,100m. The overall plan consists of the octagonal tower block in the center as a highlight and also symmetric axis for two rows of the Building on two sides. In general, the architecture of this Building is in typical Indochinese style.

The following Building was designed by architect named Nguyen Ba Lang, built in series to the front Building. The Building is U-shaped with an area of 1,000m2, designed in harmonious way and process the landscape to match the ancient architecture of the rear building.

Although decorative motifs used in the museum architecture are made of various materials (wood, iron, cement), they are common patterns and similar to many contemporary ancient architectural works. Each detail has different meanings but in general, they have a good meaning. This is the intangible cultural heritage that is contained in the Building, in particular decorative architectural motifs. These motifs also show the cultural exchange of Vietnam - France, making the museum architectural work have not only Asian but also Western features.

In general, the architecture of the Building has designs in line with the function of a museum such as: High foundation, thick walls for anti-moisture and good load bearing; high ceiling with windows close to the roof to take advantage of the natural light for the rooms, etc. It can be said that the building of History Museum  – Ho Chi Minh City has been used in accordance with original design function so far. Until 2012, the Building of History Museum  – Ho Chi Minh City was ranked by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to be as a national architectural monument.

 

The architecture of this Building is in typical Indochinese style

The following Building was designed by architect named Nguyen Ba Lang, built in series to the front Building. The Building is U-shaped with an area of 1,000m2, designed in harmonious way and process the landscape to match the ancient architecture of the rear building.

Although decorative motifs used in the museum architecture are made of various materials (wood, iron, cement), they are common patterns and similar to many contemporary ancient architectural works. Each detail has different meanings but in general, they have a good meaning. This is the intangible cultural heritage that is contained in the Building, in particular decorative architectural motifs. These motifs also show the cultural exchange of Vietnam - France, making the museum architectural work have not only Asian but also Western features.

In general, the architecture of the Building has designs in line with the function of a museum such as: High foundation, thick walls for anti-moisture and good load bearing; high ceiling with windows close to the roof to take advantage of the natural light for the rooms, etc. It can be said that the building of History Museum  – Ho Chi Minh City has been used in accordance with original design function so far. Until 2012, the Building of History Museum  – Ho Chi Minh City was ranked by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to be as a national architectural monument.

 

Support

The artifacts donated to the Museum are made of various materials such as: terracotta, glazed ceramic, stone, metal, ivory, etc. from the cultural backgrounds of Vietnam and many other countries in Asia and Europe. The donated artifacts have been appraised by the Museum’s Council for Science. The qualified artifacts for will be counted and stored. The other will be put into the referential storage to be used as learning and research materials. 

Specialized department

Department of Administration

Phone : 028 38258 783

Email: bt.ls.svhtt@tphcm.gov.vn

Department of Collecting - Library, materials

Phone : 028 38220 744

Email: phongsuutambtls@gmail.com

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Department of Inventory and Conservation

Phone : 028 38220743

Email: phongkiemkebaoquan@gmail.com

Department of Exhibition - Education - Communication

Phone : 028 38290268

Email: btls.tbgdtt@gmail.com

Registration

Please fill in the form below to register !

No.2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - Phonei: (028) 3829 8146 - 3829 0268 - Fax: (028) 3825 8784- Email: bt.ls.svhtt@tphcm.gov.vn

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