Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Email: baotangtphcm@gmail.com
Tel: 028.38.299.741
Fax: 028.38.298.250

Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:00pm
From Monday to Sunday

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Introduction of the artifact rep

Introduction of the artifact repository

            The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City currently storing and preserving 45,666 artifacts, grouped into 133 thematic collections, including 14 rare collections of many different materials, from many different historical periods, meets the majority of needs of scientific research and serves the display.

Here are the rare collections:

  • Flags

  • Administrative documents

  • Radios, cameras

  • Wooden furniture

  • Folk-worship statues

  • Artifacts related to historical figures

  • Weapons

  • Resistance sketch

  • The XVIII century Cochin zinc coins

  • Silver bullions (from the middle of the XVII century to the middle of the XX century)

  • Bonuses – money with high face value (from the middle of the XVIII century to the middle of the XX century)

  • Indochinese coins

  • Molds to print paper money in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

  • The Finance Committee of the Central Department of the South

Collecting artifacts as feudal coins:      

- Collection of bonuses, silver bullions, money with high face value:  under the despotic monarchy lasting over 3 centuries, from Le Canh Hung Dynasty (1740-1786); Tay Son (Canh Thinh 1793-1802); to Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1819), Minh Mang (1820-1840), Thieu Tri (1841-1847), Tu Duc (1848-1884), Thanh Thai (1889-1907), Khai Dinh (1916-1925), Bao Dai (1926-1945). With more than 200 original artifacts of very good quality.

Collecting Cochin zinc coins:  Record 1795: dating from the XVII century to the XIX century. This is the collection of Cochin zinc coins lasting over 3 centuries, from the reign of Lord Nguyen dating from the XVII century, the reign of Tay Son (the second half of the XVII century), to the Nguyen Dynasty  in the XIX century, and a number of signs of Chinese money minted in the South. This collection is relatively complete, the quality of money is still very good, these are especially the original artifacts, already used, concerning the old operation of economic trading exchange in Saigon – Gia Dinh – The South, and also the contribution to the reflection of the money minting technique, the development of the commodity economy from the XVII century to the second half of the XIX century. The collection is valuable in terms of culture, the history of the development of the currency in Vietnam in general and the currency in Saigon – Gia Dinh – The South in particular.

      Another unique point was that the collection of silver bullions was recorded quite clearly in Nguyen Dynasty history books.

- Collecting seals:  Records 1914, 1913, 1907: In addition to the copper seal “ Ta Quan Official seal” of the Governor of Gia Dinh Citadel – Ta Quan Le Van Duyet, collected in 2001, the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City has collected a number of seals made of copper and ivory. The collection of feudal seals dating from the XV century to the early XX century, specifically from the end of Ho Dynasty (1407), Le So (1428-1527) to the reign of Tay Son (1778-1802) and Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), consists of many artifacts associated with the critical phases in the history of Vietnam from the reign of Le (Le Thanh Tong) to the reign of Tay Son Nguyen Hue, associated with Rach Gam – Xoai Mut heroic deeds (1785), Ngoc Hoi – Dong Da victory in the year Ky Dau (1789), associated with the characters related to the history of the zone Sai Gon – Gia Dinh: Tran Van Nang, Le Tuan …which are particularly rare ones.

- Collecting ancient administrative documents:  Records 1822, 1858, 1741: including hundreds of artifacts which are administrative documents. These are original artifacts such as Han – Nom texts stamped with the seal of King, mandarin under the reigns of Lord Nguyen, Nguyen Dynasty, related to the history of the characters attached to the zone of Sai Gon – Gia Dinh.

- Collecting the documents, texts, books about the Resistance:  1908: in the period of resistance against France and the USA until the first years of South Vietnam Liberation (from 1945 to 1978), are Tien Phong artifacts. The materials such as : Book of Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam published by Gia Dinh Province Department of Propaganda in 1946, book of “Le procès de la colonisation française” (Indictment of French colonisation), whose writer was Nguyen Ai Quoc, printed by Ha Noi Viet Nam National Publishing House in 1946… are rare original documents for Vietnam Historical Research in general and the history of the zone Sai Gon – Gia Dinh in particular during the first days of the Liberation under the military management regime. In this collection we cannot fail to mention the documents of the Finance Committee of the Central Department of the South.

- Collecting pottery artifacts: The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City also collected and preserved a large quantity of Saigon pottery, Lái Thieu, Biên Hoa pottery…In the collection of typical pottery artifacts there are pottery folk worship statues valuable in history, culture, religion of the Vietnamese people in the zone of Sai Gon – Ho Chi Minh City in general and the Southern zone in particular…

-  Collecting archaeological artifacts: Discovered through the survey and excavation of archaeological relics such as:  Ben Do site (dating back to 3000-2500 years from now), Phu Hoa site, Giong Ca Vo archaeological site (dating back to 2500 years from now), Rong Bang site (dating to 3000-2500 years from now), Hoi Son relic (dating back to 3000-2500 years from now), Giong Am site, Giong Ca Trang site, Giong Phet site (dating back to 2100 years from now), Hung Loi pottery oven, the artifacts of ancient tombs and other relics in the city. A number of prominent artifacts of this collection are:  Ear-rings of bicephalous animal, Pottery burial jar…

- Collecting furniture artifacts:  With nearly 1,400 artifacts, including folk cultural artifacts attached to daily life activities of Vietnamese inhabitants in the old Southern land…there is also a typical artifact, the woodblock “The Whole South country map” made of ebony, carved in relief Han – Nom characters. The woodblock shows quite clearly and relatively complete the whole territory and territorial waters of Vietnam.

-  Molds to print paper money in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam :  including mold to print treasury bills with face value of 5 dongs made by the Administrative Committee of Resistance War in the Central Region according to Decree 234/SL dated July 18, 1947 of the President of Democratic Republic of Vietnam; mold to print treasury bills of 20 dongs in circulation in the Southern Region  for the period from 1948 to 1952, made at A Division (Dong Thap Muoi); and mold to print 20 dongs in circulation in the Southern Region for the period from 1948 to 1952…

            The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City regularly provides with the content, the images, the artifacts for the thematic and permanent exhibitions at the Museum as well as coordinated with friendly museums to carry out thematic exhibitions outside the Museum. Performing the essential task of the museum is to preserve the cultural heritage, and at the same time exploit and uphold at the best the value of the artifacts in the museum in order to educate and disseminate the scientific knowledge to the public.

Updated on 29-08-2013
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