The Perfect Place for Nature Enthusiasts and Scientists: Vietnam National Museum of Nature

The Vietnam National Museum of Nature describes Vietnam’s animal and plant life over 3.6 billion years and becomes an ideal destination for nature lovers and researchers.


The Vietnam National Museum of Nature, located at No.18 Hoang Quoc Viet street in Hanoi, is a 300-square meter facility. It showcases 1,400 items that depict the life cycles of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants that existed in Vietnam millions of years ago, as well as recently discovered species.

Since its opening in 2014, the museum has become a valuable resource for information about Vietnam’s flora and fauna. Nguyen Thi Ha, a student from Tran Hung Dao high school in Hanoi, expressed her appreciation for the museum, saying, “I’m learning a lot during my visit. Being able to see the diagrams and fossils in person is truly impressive.”

The Vietnam National Museum of Nature provides visitors with a journey back to ancient times, categorizing species and displaying them accordingly.

Visitor Nguyen Van Nam from Hanoi shared his enthusiasm, highlighting the engaging and thrilling exhibition. He remarked, “The exhibits effectively reinforce the knowledge that students acquire in school, making it easier for them to remember.”

The exhibition on the history of life features warm lighting and colors that are pleasing to the eyes. Fossils from four geological developmental periods on Earth are displayed, including the pre-Cambrian period (4,500 – 541 million years ago), the Mesozoic era (541 – 252 million years ago), the Cenozoic era (252 – 66 million years ago), and the Great Neoplasm era (66 million years to the present day).

The animal exhibition showcases bone specimens of frogs, carp, king cobras, tigers, ostriches, and pig-tailed monkeys, with meticulous attention to detail. The Vietnam National Museum also boasts the largest collection of insect exhibits in Vietnam, featuring beetles, dragonflies, cicadas, mantises, and stick insects, some of which date back 400 million years.

Specimens of animals that lived on this planet millions of years ago. (Photo: VNA)

Specimens of animals that lived on this planet millions of years ago. (Photo: VNA)

Nguyen Thanh Tuan, a student from Cau Giay Secondary School in Hanoi, expressed his amazement at the vibrant colors of the butterflies in the museum. He said, “They are incredibly colorful and different from what I could imagine. My visit to the museum today is enriching my knowledge.”

The marine creature exhibition showcases corals, shellfish, amphibians, and extinct reptiles. Each exhibition is accompanied by a panel providing a brief description.

Visitors to the Vietnam National Museum of Nature can also learn about specimen creation, paint animals, and watch 3D movies on the evolution of humans, fish, dinosaurs, insects, as well as the changes in the universe and the ocean.

Vu Van Lien, Vice Director of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature, stated, “Through our exhibits, visitors gain insights into the formation of life. We aim to educate and instill a love for nature in everyone. It is the responsibility of each individual to protect the environment.”

Entrance to the Vietnam National Museum of Nature is free from Thursday to Sunday.