Top 10+ Museums in Hanoi

by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Hanoi city is rich in history and culture as the city has been the capital of Vietnam for 1000 years. Visiting Hanoi for the first time, we suggest to you the Top 10+ fascinating museums to know more about Vietnam, our history, arts, and life. 

Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum

  • Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi (Map)
  • Public bus: Bus No 32, 34, 40
  • Reference ticket: 30,000 VND / adult or 10,000 VND / child
  • Opening hours: 8:30 am – 17:00 pm (weekdays except for Monday), 8:30 am – 21:00 pm (Wednesday, Saturday)
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Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum is to research, collect, display, preserve and introduce the country’s artistic heritage to the Vietnamese people as well as international visitors. In addition to displaying, and exhibition, the museum also hosts a number of large and small events for art to aesthetic art enthusiasts.

Inside the museum, there are many works of famous artists of the Indochina Fine Arts College through many generations such as Nguyen Phan Chanh, Nguyen Van Long, Nguyen Van Ty, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Nguyen Sang, Bui Xuan Phai, the statues were preserved from the 16th century, 17th-century artifacts to contemporary paintings of the 20th century… The priceless treasures of history convey the thoughtful messages of a generation with a strange attraction to those who love art and culture.

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

Vietnamese Women’s Museum

  • Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi (Map)
  • Bus transportation: Line 34, 09
  • Reference ticket: 10,000 – 60,000 VND
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00 every day.
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The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is voted one of the most attractive museums in Hanoi by TripAdvisor. The museum has developed a collection of more than 25,000 artifacts related to Vietnamese women. The museum’s collection is classified according to materials such as textiles, metal, wood, paper, pottery, leather, horn, soil, and glass …, which is collected from the 1970s. Each artifact brought in the souls of history and the role of Vietnamese women in the past.

The area displays traditional costumes of ethnic women at the Vietnam Women’s Museum

The Vietnam Women’s Museum regularly cooperates with the government and non-governmental organizations to organize, seminars, workshops, and build projects with the aim of protecting women, children, and vulnerable people. There are also some events of traditional costume exhibitions, and cultural and artistic exchanges between countries. Visitors here can also experience many interesting activities such as wearing traditional costumes or buying unique and rare souvenirs.

Vietnam Women Museum
Vietnam Women Museum

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

  • Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Quan Hoa, Cau Giay district, Hanoi (Map)
  • Public bus: No 07, 38
  • Reference ticket: 0 – 40,000 VND (depending on the subject)
  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 from Tuesday to Sunday
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The Museum of Ethnology keeps and displays many cultural artifacts of all 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. These artifacts are categorized according to different criteria such as ethnicity, utility, clothing, Jewelry, agricultural tools, fishing equipment, weapons, household items, musical instruments, religion-beliefs, weddings, funeral, and many other spiritual and social activities.

Besides, if you are interested in traditional folk art, you can try a water puppet show right at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, with a ticket price of 70,000 – 90,000 VND. It’s just the price of a movie trip, but the experience will be very different.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Air Force & Air Defence Museum, Hanoi

  • Address: 173C Truong Chinh, Khuong Mai, Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi (Map)
  • Public bus: No 16, 19, 24
  • Opening hours:

  + Morning 8:00 am- 11:00 am

          + Afternoon 13:00 pm – 16:00 pm, Saturday – Sun – holidays open until 16:30 pm.

          + Open weekdays except for Friday (The group serves the whole Friday).

Air Force Museum is to store images, documents, artifacts that demonstrate the process of birth, construction, fighting, growth, and victory of the Vietnam Air Force.

As a historical, cultural and scientific project in Hanoi Capital, Air Force Museum not only contributes to the patriotic and revolutionary traditional education for the air force soldier but also attractive cultural addresses attract a lot of domestic people and foreign visitors.

Air Force & Air Defence Museum
Air Force & Air Defence Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

  • Address: 17 Ngọc Ha, Ba Đinh district, Hanoi
  • Bus transportation: Line 18, 33, 09
  • Reference ticket: 25,000 foreign guests and Vietnamese guests free of charge
  • Opening hours: 8:00 am – 11:30 am, 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm (all days except Monday and Friday afternoon)
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Ho Chi Minh Museum is one of Vietnam’s largest museums, which focuses mainly on the display of artifacts and documents about President Ho Chi Minh’s life. Ho Chi Minh Museum marks the revolutionary journey and the life of President Ho Chi Minh

Located in an area with many monuments such as President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Presidential Palace Relic Zone, and One Pillar Pagoda … forming a complex of relics attracting domestic and foreign tourists.

Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum

Vietnam National Museum of History

  • Address: 216 Tran Quang Khai, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
  • Directions to the National Museum of History
  • Public bus: No 2, 3, 4
  • Reference ticket: 25,000 VND/ person.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Afternoon at 13:30 pm- 17:00 pm (All days of the week except Monday of the month)
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The National Museum of History is incorporated by the Vietnam History Museum and the Vietnam Revolution Museum to store relics, antiques, national treasures and a collection of rare artifacts belonging to archaeological cultures from the early Stone Age to the era of brass and iron (Hoa Binh – Bac Son); Dong Son culture; Antique glaze of Vietnam; the bronze at the Le Nguyen age; Cham stone sculpture; Foreign art decoration such as China, Japan, India and countries in Southeast Asia…

Vietnam National Museum of History is one of the museums that hold the most historical artifacts.

In addition, the period of Vietnamese history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day has more than 80,000 documents and precious artifacts about the history of the Vietnam revolution, the Communist Party of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh President, and leaders of the Communist Party of Vietnam through the periods.

Vietnam National Museum of History
Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnam Military History Museum

  • Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi
  • Public bus: No 09, 41, 32, 18
  • Ticket: VND 30,000 / adult
  • Opening hours: Morning 08:00 am – 11:30 am, Afternoon at 13:00 pm – 16:30 pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday every week)
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Vietnam Military History Museum, which is the leading museum in the military museum system, is currently displaying and storing nearly 16,000 artifacts, including many precious artifacts, especially 4 national treasures (MiG21 aircraft number 5121 and T54B tank number 843, Map of determination Ho Chi Minh campaign, MiG21 aircraft number 4324). On the campus of the Museum, there are relics of the Hanoi Flagpole.  This is a unique ancient architectural monument, which has been ranked a national historical architectural monument in 1990.

The museum was divided into 3 zones: The first zone talked about our army from the time of Hung Kings until Ngo Quyen defeated the Nam Han army on the Bach Dang River in 938. The middle area had the statue of President Ho Chi Minh and images of the war against France (1858-1945). The last area talks about the fighting from the Ly to the Nguyen age.

Vietnam Military History Museum
Vietnam Military History Museum

Hanoi Ceramic Museum – Kim Lan Museum 

  • Address: Kim Lan Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi (Map)
  • Bus transportation: Line 47B
  • Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays every week
  • Website:

The work of collecting antiques and building an ancient pottery museum for Kim Lan, Gia Lam and Hanoi villages by elderly people in the group

Finding out the origin of the ancient pottery village Kim Lan is carried out by Japanese Dr. Nishimura Masanari.

The Kim Lan Museum now displays about 300 artifacts, including many architectural materials, architectural decorations, coins and special ceramics, Giang Tay Quan bricks – bricks used to build Dai La citadel. It also displays new village products and models of kilns such as gourd ovens and vertical kilns. All of them give a monument a formal and sacred beauty that is still close to everyday life.

Hanoi Ceramic Museum - Kim Lan Museum 
Hanoi Ceramic Museum – Kim Lan Museum 

Geological Museum – VietnamNational Museum of Nature

  • Address: No. 18 (B-C), Hoang Quoc Viet – Cau Giay district – Hanoi
  • Directions to Vietnam National Museum of Nature
  • Bus: No 47B
  • Opening hours: Free tour from Thursday to Saturday
  • Website:

Vietnam National Museum of Nature is to research, preserve, collect, store, preserve, assess, display and introduce about geological, biological, anthropological, materials of natural resources in domestic and foreign countries.

By visiting the museum, you can not only see and learn about exhibits, but also experience making patterns of insects, plants, and 3D printing. If your family has kids, surely the children will be very excited about these scientific experiments.

Geological Museum - VietnamNational Museum of Nature
Geological Museum – VietnamNational Museum of Nature

Getting to all museums of Hanoi, and know more about history and culture is the best way to understand the local cultural life. For a short visit to Hanoi, we can’t visit all the listed museums but we hope you will choose the most interesting ones based on your preference and our suggestions.

Minh Hiếu

Written by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Co-founder at OneVivu Travel & Service Co., Ltd