Visitors often claim that the History Museum is the very first stop a traveler should make upon their arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon. You’ll find this museum located right by the entrance to the Saigon Zoo, and while it’s relatively small, for a museum, this unassuming appearance would seem to be just a disguise for an incredible collection of ancient artifacts found throughout Saigon and the surrounding area, dating back over two thousand years. The reason this site is recommended as a first stop is that the various other sites you see throughout Saigon will be given some context and historical weight thanks to even a short trip through this museum.
The History Museum in Ho Chi Minh houses the very popular Water Puppet Theater, and an impressive gift shop, full of books and prints of art and photography relating to the city and the like, rather than the tacky t-shirts and tourist novelties you might find at other gift shops.
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