Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, it is not a museum for the sensitive as it displays instruments of torture and hundreds of photographs of atrocities committed during the 20th century and, in particular, the Vietnam War.
At the front of the museum you can see a small collection of military hardware as well as the mobile guillotine used by the French colonists to dispense justice throughout the country before World War II.
Popular with tourists, the War Remnants Museum is a war museum in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.
Operated by the Vietnamese government, an incipient form of museum opened in 1975, as the “The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government”, located in the premises of the former United States Information Agency building.
The exhibition was not the first of its kind for the North Vietnamese side, but rather followed a tradition of such exhibitions exposing “war crimes”, first those of the French and then those of the Americans, who had operated at various locations of the country as early as 1954. The War Remnants Museum does not hold back when putting the full-face of War time atrocities on display.
The War Remnants is very good at informing visitors both about what the Vietnamese people went through during the Vietnam War, and how the war still affects the Vietnamese people today.