The museums will also be free on the International Labor Day, May 1.

Local residents and students from colleges and universities will be encouraged to visit the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History in Nguyen Binh Khiem street and Ho Chi Minh City Museum in Ly Tu Trong street of District 1.

Seventeen museums in Ho Chi Minh City attract 3 million visitors last year. (Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History)

The Ho Chi Minh City War Remnants Museum in Vo Van Tan street and Ho Chi Minh City Southern Women’s Museum of District 3 are also included.

These museums were also opened free to the public on April 18 to celebrate Hung Kings’ Day, the anniversary of the death of the legendary founders of the nation on the 10th day of the third lunar month.

The city is home to 17 museums and 185 historical and cultural heritage sites.

Museums attracted more than 3 million visitors last year, double the amount compared to the same period of 2022, reported the city’s Department of Culture and Information. The number of foreign visitors was around 250,000.

Museums organized 105 exhibitions and showcases, including many online displays featuring the country’s history and culture in different periods.

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History, one of the city’s seven biggest museums, offers exhibitions and showcases featuring Vietnamese history and culture.

Many ancient artefacts, paintings and sculptures dating from the prehistoric era to the end of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the country's last royal family, are displayed.

Antiques of the Oc Eo Culture - a rich culture of the ancient kingdom of Phu Nam which was discovered in 1944 via artifacts found at sites near Ba The Mountain, now Oc Eo town in An Giang province - are also featured.

The Ho Chi Minh City Southern Women’s Museum offers a smart museum mobile app, providing guests with information about well-known historical figures, historical background and video clips. This app acts as an electronic guide in different languages.

According to Vo Trong Nam, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture and Information, local authorities have supported museums to upgrade and improve their business, especially online activities, which help guests to view the exhibitions through websites, fanpages and YouTube.

Source: VNA