The city of Saigon and later Ho Chi Minh City, named after the famous communist leader of Vietnam, played an important role during the Vietnam War. In 1975, after more than twenty years of war, the era finally came to an end and the Americans left the country. We visited the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the Vietnam War.
War crimes and aggression
The War Museum, with more than one million visitors a year, is mentioned as one of the highlights of a visit to Ho Chi Minh City. In this extensive museum, you will learn more about the war that has had a major impact not only on Vietnam but also on America. Central is the American role in this war. The museum opened in 1975 under the name ‘Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes’ and later changed into ‘Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression’. In 1995, when things were going better between Vietnam and America, they decided to remove the words war crimes and aggression.
The museum is divided into 13 different rooms. As soon as you have paid the entrance fee of 40.000 Dong, converted €1,55, you immediately notice the enormous open-air exhibition. Airplanes, helicopters, tanks, and rockets are displayed here and have all been used during the war. You will also find the prison outside. Here I was shocked when I looked through the window and saw an old, skinny man sitting there. This turned out to be a doll…
Journalists and photographers
Once inside, you get a bird’s-eye view of the Vietnam War in the first room. Then in the next rooms, you will find hundreds of photos of different journalists and photographers. They have captured the war in different ways over the years. From American soldiers walking through the jungle to a picture of a mother with her three children swimming in the river to escape the Americans. There is also a room full of photographs of the consequences of Agent Orange.