Located at No. 1 Trang Tien Street, National Museum of Vietnamese History was formally an institute “École française d’Extrême-Orient” – French School of the Far East which founded in 1932 by French. At that time, only strange-looking antiques collected from Southeast Asia countries were on display here but there were few from Vietnam which did not tell us much about Vietnamese history.
In 1958, the Vietnam Government officially took over this cultural building and started to research, collect and supplement materials and objects, converting the contents from eastern arts into national history. With an exhibition area of over 2,200 square meters and nearly 7,000 original artifacts, the main exhibition system is arranged chronologically. There are many antiques in stone for working and fighting such as stone axe dating 400 thousand years ago found in Do mountain (Thanh Hoa province) improved that Vietnam was one of ancient cradles of humanity.
Bronze artefacts are various with many kinds of drums, axes, knives, weapons which dated according to the time of the Hung Kings. There are also arrows found in Co Loa dating 2nd century BC scared the invaders from the North called fabulous arrows.
Also photos of communal houses, temples, palaces, documents as well as original artifacts such as wooden poles Bach Dang River, the maps, the maquettes of the resistance war against the Sung, Yuan, Ming, Qing … are presented here to tell visitors about Vietnamese’s heroic history.
In conclusion, National Museum of Vietnamese History has become a big cultural and scientific centre of the country which helps people throughout the country and international visitors learn more about Vietnamese nation’s history.