War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
By Sai Gon Local Guide
The War Remnants Museum (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng chứng tích chiến tranh) is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.
Operated by the Vietnamese government, the museum was opened in September 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government [of South Vietnam]." Later it was known as the Museum of American War Crimes, then as the War Crimes Museum until as recently as 1993. Its current name follows liberalization in Vietnam and the normalization of relations with the United States.
The museum comprises a series of eight themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment located within a walled yard. The military equipment include a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, an F-5A fighter, a BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter" bomb, M48 Patton tank, and an A-1 attack bomber.
One building reproduces the "tiger cages" in which the South Vietnamese government housed political prisoners. Other exhibits include graphic photographs, accompanied by short copy in English, Vietnamese and Japanese, covering the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, the use of napalm and phosphorus bombs, and atrocities such as the My Lai massacre. Curiosities include a guillotine used by the French and the South Vietnamese to execute prisoners, last in 1960, and three jars of preserved human fetuses deformed by exposure to dioxin.
There are a number of unexploded ordnance stored in the corner of the yard, seemingly with their charges removed.
4 Reviews of War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
I must say there isn't too many places in the world that I have visited that has made me feel uncomfortable, but this place did ... being an American. I went inside and when I realized it was basically an...
I came here when taking a long tour from Hanoi - Da Nang - Sai Gon. This museum used to be called the Museum of American War Crimes. I guess it offended a lot of of its US visitors so they had to change. Here you...
Operated by the Vietnamese government, the museum was opened in September 1975 as the "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government [of South Vietnam]." Later it was known...
The War Remnants Museum is in the former U.S. Information Agency building. (Before Vietnam re-established diplomatic ties with the U.S. it was called the War Crimes Museum.) It contains the history of the Vietnam...
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