Vietnamese Women's Museum, Hanoi

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At Vietnamese Women's Museum, learn how working women, mothers, wives, and female warriors helped shape the country's history and culture. This modern museum explores different roles women played (and still do) in the development of various aspects of Vietnamese society--ranging from the private sector of household and family life to the public sector of trade and military conflicts. The museum opened in 1995 and today boasts a collection of more than 1,000 items arranged in thematic displays featuring themes of marriage, fashion, war, commerce, etc. After your tour you can relax in the museum cafe or browse products made by disadvantaged groups in the gift shop. To visit Vietnamese Women's Museum and get the most from your holiday in Hanoi, create itinerary details personal to you using our Hanoi holiday maker tool .
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  • There's so much interesting information with something very different to see on every floor. I definitely recommend the audioguide which is available in English and French.  more »
  • A great range of displays and interesting and insightful information on the history and culture. Definitely worth a visit!  more »
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  • Very good display. However, keep your expectations low. This is not a feminist place. Actually the first floor is about marriage (just a women thing?) and it heavily emphasizes the the old-fashioned role of the woman in the family—she has to stay at home taking care of children. Also there are pics of children working which is a weird thing to be proud of. You will learn a lot about marriage traditions though. The second floor is cool because the exhibit is about a dozen of female warriors. Again, do not expect to read a word about gender inequality or the like. The museum is largely pure propaganda. The signs have better info than the audio guide which is really poor.
  • Absolutely a first class museum and a must see attraction in Hanoi if you're new to the country or interested in learning about the role of women in recent history in particular. Centrally located so pretty easy to find and it is a fairly modern building so we'll lit and laid out. Exhibition is on 3 floors at least so access maybe an issue. Sorry I can't remember if there is a lift. The first floor we looked at was about traditional marriage rituals and customs some of which seemed similar to rural India in the past but there really is a huge amount of difference with modern life especially in the West. A lot of these traditions are recent or still practiced so there is plenty of photographic and even film evidence. There is also a lot of examples of traditional and tribal variation in clothing which I was least interested in. For most people though the floor devoted to women at war is the main point of interest. As with the other war museums across Vietnam, there is a degree of propaganda to get past, but the breadth of roles women had is what really stands out. They were fighting on the front lines in the Vietnam War as well as holding communities together whilst living underground for months and sometimes years. Take your time to read the stories as many of them are shocking in their own right but also much of it will link to other war history sites you may want to visit. Going further back, there is some really good material on the female freedom fighters who fought French rule and those who rose to prominence in the Vietnamese Communist Party. The museum also acknowledges that it is women who largely keep the market stalls flourishing across the country and that a huge amount of the street food traders are women. What I hadn't realised is just how many are migrants, sleeping in shared housing or dorms and only seeing their husbands and children a few times a year if they are lucky. Well worth giving a few hours to exploring.
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