Hanoi Museum (Hanoi, Vietnam)
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Shaped like an inverted pyramid and spread over nearly 5.4 hectares, Hanoi Museum opened in 2010 to mark Hanoi's 1,000 year anniversary. The exhibits can feel a bit scattered, as everything from ornamental trees to six hundred year-old weapons are on display, but the museum itself seems to be the main attraction despite what's on display inside. Located in Pham Hung Street, Hanoi Museum is only a 25-minute car ride from the centre of the capital.
Designed by German architects GMP, the museum is both attractive and functional with plenty of open space and surrounding foliage. Reach the upper floors by way of an ingenious spiral ramp. Floors one, two and three are used entirely for exhibition purposes while the fourth level houses conference and research rooms, offices and a library. Note that entrance to Hanoi Museum is free.
The museum has 6 floors, the floor area scaled down from top to bottom. Hanoi museum give to visitors impression by modern design and convenience. Tourists can go to other floors by elevator or stairs that are designed into a spiral round inside the museum.
Besides the well-known attractions such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Old Quarter, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam..., Hanoi Museum is a place not to be missed for tourists who want to explore the capital. Located on Pham Hung Street, next to the National Conference Center, Hanoi Museum is where reflect the past and present of Hanoi with thousands of artifacts relating to the capital. With more than 50.000 m2 and 12.000 m2 for construction, this is the biggest and the most modern museum in the country. From a distance, Hanoi Museum impressed with the unique architectural design with inverted pyramid building.
When entering the first floor, visitors will see "botanical dragon column"- a large lamp lighting the room sighting the majestic flying dragon. First floor area was designed as a temporary place to display some of the pottery together with the souvenir. The second floor has a small model of Hanoi: Tien Thang Long area, Phung Nguyen Grave, the map of Co Loa, Dong Son culture and other pictures of Hanoi. There has the dried leaf sample and dried flowers which remind about passionate of Hanoi’ autumn. Memories of Hanoi have gone into the poems, music, and graphics that become a love not only for The Hanoi but also for tourists from whole the world.
Coming to Hanoi museum, visitors will have opportunity to admire the antiques that are collected from around the country. The third floor of the museum where displays of documents and exhibits are donated by organizations and individuals has large space. A lot of potteries such as bowls, vases or production tools found in Tien Giang, Ca Mau…are displayed on the fourth floor museum.
The Hanoi Museum in the capital city of Vietnam has been listed in the world’s most beautiful museums voted by the US’ Business Insider newspaper.
On display are over 50,000 artifacts from Hanoi’s thousand-year history and the nation’s history, culture, heritage, and architecture.
Other museums on the list included the Palace Museum in China’s Forbidden City, Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain), the Natural History Museum (London, the UK), the Louvre (Paris, France), the Jewish Museum (Berlin, Germany),the Royal Ontario (Canada), the Moscow State Historical Museum (Russia), the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris, France), the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( New York, the US), Salvador Dali ( Figueres, Spain).
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Address: Pham Hung str., Tu Liem District
More information: +84 4 6287 0604
Opening hours: 8am - 17pm
Entrance fee: Free
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