Ho Chi Minh Museum
- Large beautiful concrete Soviet-era building.
- Lots of photographs and documents on the second floor.
- Artistic and impressionistic displays on the third floor.
A major part of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex is a museum about Ho Chi Minh's life (1890–1969) and philosophy, and about 20th century history relating to Vietnam. It is at the exit of his former Presidential Palace grounds.
People have mixed feelings about the museum's exhibits. Some think the artistic exhibits are out of date and skewed. Others think that the atmosphere and presentations are instructive for learning about the country's culture. Most think the museum isn't informative, but it is interesting because it is odd or different.
- Guides: When you pay for your ticket, get an English language museum guide that is part of the ticket price. There is little in the way of English language signs or instructions in the building.
- Tickets: 25,000 dong (1.20 USD)
- Hours: 8 to 11:30am, 2 to 4pm (closed Mondays and Friday afternoons)
- Address: Ho Chi Minh Museum, 19 Ngoc Ha St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
- Bus: Number 9 stops near the museum area (3,000 dong, about 15 cents USD).
- Walk: Walking is from the north side of Huan Kiem Lake is fairly easy and takes about 30 minutes if you don't get lost. With a good Old City street map, you can walk down Hang Bac Street and go past a military base. It is important to have a map since there are a lot of turns.
- Taxi: It is recommended that you only take CB, Hanoi, or Mai Linh taxis (60,000 dong, 3 USD for a 15 minute-ride).