War Remnants Museum – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Atlas Obscura
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War Remnants Museum

Artifacts and memories from the Vietnam war, located in a place that experienced it first hand. 


War brings an inferno to each place it touches, and the effects and damages last long after the war has ended.

The War Remnants Museum (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng chứng tích chiến tranh), is the place where the Vietnamese memories of the Vietnam war are stored. The Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the museum was opened to the public the first time on September 4, 1975.

Today it houses 8 permanent thematic exhibitions and various other special collections and shows from the beginning of the war, causes, origins and processes of aggressive wars. There is a powerful collection of photos taken by 134 war reporters from 11 nationalities, all killed during the Vietnam War.

Suffering, bomb victims, and victims of Agent Orange are featured in the photos. Because Agent Orange affected descendants of the Viet Cong, the Vietnamese army, it still causes increased rate of birth defects to this day.

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