A museum that is a constant reminder of the futility and waste of war was set up after the reunification of Vietnam in 1975 as the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes it underwent a name change in 1995 and after normalization of diplomatic relations with the US was titled simply the War Remnants Museum. The graphic display of war may not be to everyone’s taste. However the high visitor numbers indicate that many are riveted by the evidence of one of South East Asia’s most awful conflicts.
The exhibits in the three storey museum is organized as Historical Truths a display of photographs, newspaper clippings and sign boards on the war of reunification. Requiem, maybe the best exhibit here; a series of graphic photographs, some by photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa, of the impact of Agent Orange, napalm, phosphorous bombs, and chemical defoliant and incidents like the Mai Lai Massacre grouped together and displayed in a separately building forcefully presenting the brutality and the horror of war.
Vestiges of War Crimes a pictorial depiction of the mistreatment of civilians, International Support for the Vietnamese People a collection of posters with messages of support from various countries, a collection of children’s paintings from around the world showing their impressions of war and US State of the Art Weaponry an exhibit of photographs, newspaper reports and sign boards showing the technology and fire power the US used in the war. The museum grounds displays several pieces of US military hardware such as helicopters, fighter jets, tanks, attack bomber planes and several types of unexploded ordnance. Almost at the exit is a model of a POW camp including the so called tiger cages in which prisoners were confined and photographs of other barbaric methods of imprisonment and a guillotine which had been used to execute prisoners till 1960. The museum is a grim reminder of inhumanity that is so often a fact during war.
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