Ho Chi Minh Museum

March 20, 2007

After War Remnants Museum, we proceeded to Ho Chi Minh Museum also called Ben Nha Rong. The museum was constructed in 1863, it was used to be the office of the French maritime transport firm Messageries Maritimes. It was at this place that Nguyen Tat Thanh who later became Uncle Ho, embarked on the Latouche Treville to go abroad to begin the struggle for Vietnam's independence.

In September 1979, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City chose Nha Rong as the Ho Chi Minh Museum-Dragon House Wharf. The name was taken from the two dragon-shaped symbols on the top of the building.

Events such as artistic festivals and the introduction of new members into the Youth Union and Communist Party have been held in this museum.

Less than 10 visitors were there when we paid our visit. The museum wasn't all that interesting. The exhibit materials mostly contain pictures, objects and activities relating to President Ho Chi Minh, which I think are not very well presented. Frankly, the architectural designs of the place are far more appealing than most of the museum displays.

So, in the end I just contented myself posing for some souvenir shots in the courtyard of the museum.


The river view from the balcony

Outside the museum



ADDRESS:
Ho Chi Minh Museum
On Saigon Port at,
1 Nguyen Tat Thanh St.,
by quayside on Ben Nghe Channel
at far end of Ham Nghi Blvd.,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel. 08-940 1053


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