Visited the Hanoi MuseumLast update at 09/16/2011 22:10. By Hanoi Local Guide.
Visited the Hanoi Museum
By Hanoi Local Guide
When I visited the Hanoi Museum shortly after it opened I was amazed by the miniature tree garden decorating the front terrace. Unfortunately, that was the most worthwhile thing that I got out of my visit to the museum and it was shortly dismantled.
The museum itself is free to enter, which is a definite plus, but I would only recommend it if you have a passion for dirt and unidentified pieces of pottery. There are four stories, each one larger than the next containing a host of objects from Hanoi's history. There was a lot of pottery (vases, bowls, urns), as well as some interesting printing blocks, jewelery, two hallowed out canoes, photographs, a butterfly collection, and a whole host of rocks.
This would have been fascinating if anything had been labeled. As it were the labels were few and far between so I spent most of time trying to figure out what everything was.
The photographs of old Hanoi were definitely interesting, but unless you've exhausted every other avenue of art and entertainment in Hanoi, I would recommend looking elsewhere.
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