Vietnam Women’s Museum is one of Hanoi’s most overlooked museums and is also one of its best. The museum was reopened in 2010 after a period of 4 years of renovations.
What to see
Vietnam Women’s Museum in Hanoi delivers a beautifully presented tribute to the women of Vietnam across the ages. There are plenty of historical contexts alongside a wealth of information on today’s more modern Vietnamese woman. The museum is run by The Women’s Union of Vietnam which is recognised as one of the country’s most powerful movements.
Inside the museum there is lots of narrative as women of the rice paddy fields, service workers, street vendors, female business leaders, academics and mothers are all well represented. Additionally there is plenty of information on everyday life including marriage, family life, fashion and life changing rituals. Interestingly, there are also exhibits on the part women played in Vietnam’s wars. Displays are very well presented in a storytelling format with signs also in English and French. Historic documentation including Taoist books of the Dao people and wedding cards from the Kinh community will give visitors an in-depth insight into better understanding the women of Vietnam. Photographs and film footage documenting the life of heroic mothers during wartime are moving exhibits that should not be missed.
Good to know
Opening Hours: From 08:00-16:30 every day except Monday
Location: Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Hanoi’s old quarter in the Hoan Kiem district.
Remarks: Ticket bookings are also available online
How to get there: You can reach the museum via bus numbers 8, 31, 36 or 49 or alternatively via taxi.