Quang Ninh Museum

Quang Ninh Museum, Halong Bay: Hours, Address, Quang Ninh Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Quang Ninh Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Located by Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Museum is a majestic black pearl overlooking the world heritage. Expect to immerse yourself in the most impressive architecture in the locality showcasing millennia of our geology, biodiversity, history and culture. In addition to the exhibition area, the museum provides large and multifunctional spaces for meetings, adorned with professional facilities to promise successful events.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Paul R
43 contributions
Jan. 2020
Most international tourists do the bus from Hanoi to cruise and back to Hanoi. Which is a shame as Ha Long city itself is a nice town with several attractions in itself

One of which is the Bao Tang Quang Ninh (the Museum of Quang Ninh). While the focus is on the local area, many of the exhibits talk of Vietnam and the importance of Quang Ninh to VIetnam history and culture.

Some say all the exhibits are labelled in English but the expansive Geology, Zoology and Marine areas are not. Which is a shame as the geology, fauna and flora are definitely strong reasons why many visitors come here in the first place. I also found the marine and botanical sections a little dated with many of the exhibits faded to a ubiquitous white (or brown for the botanicals).

But they have really done a good job overall, with many different sections covering the history, archeology, musical, artistic, industrial and warfare contribution this extremely rich province has made to Vietnamese history.

The top floor is given over to the coal mining industry and initially this might seems strange. However, not far to the north of Ha Long is Bai Tu, the site of the largest coal seam in Vietnam. It is ironic that the same geology that produced the natural wonder of the Ha Long - Bai Tu coast line has also given us the huge mineral deposits that are now, due to illegal and disastrous mining practices pouring millions of liters of polluted water into that self same bay.

The museum is modern, airconditioned, wheel chair friendly. I did two visits - one at 8 am on a Thursday morning where I had the whole place to myself! Utterly fantastic. I visited again the following Sunday and while the hoards of vistors were a distraction, it was a tour guide who insisted on using an amplifier to pontificate to her small group of Vietnamese and whose voice could be heard clearly from all three floors. Hardly what you would expect in a museum where one is bent on studing and appreciating culture. The idiot guide made it seem more like a market

As others have mentioned, the nearby shoreline is also scenic, with several of the iconic karst pinnacles within meters of the wide, well paved walk way. Several hundred meters further on is the huge, mushroom like Expo center that looks like an alien spaceship. Free entry but it does not always open at the posted times

Well worth a visit!
Written 12 January 2020
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AvgMom2Travel
Long Island, NY347 contributions
Dec. 2019
This museum is a nice intro to the Vietnam culture, especially the history of Quang Ninh Province, home to Ha Long Bay. There are enough natural history and artifacts to keep you interested for about two hours. After that, you’ll get tired from all the walking. (The museum has three floors of exhibits – all have English translation.)

You need to get your ticket before walking up the stairs to the museum. The ticket kiosk is located at the street level and costs 40,000 VND ($1.75) pp to enter. They are closed on Mondays and holidays and also at lunchtime between 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. They open at 8:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. If you have the time, definitely stop here and immerse yourself to the place and the people of Northern Vietnam.
Written 11 January 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Dec. 2019
This cube looking museum was much better than I expected. The top floor is a simulated coal mine, along with many displays about coal mining. The next floor has several rooms, each with different topics. Not sure what the ground floor had as I ran out of time and the place was mobbed with school children.
Written 7 January 2020
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Adriel Avishai
23 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Family
This was one of the highlights situated near the amazing entertainment centre, this museum told the many histories of Vietnam through excellent exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Written 6 October 2019
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Mortred N
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
The museum was not very big so it could not show you the most descriptive details in the history of Quang Ninh, but the place was organized with disciplines so it was easy for us to understand the timelines of the area's history. There were also English explanations so international tourists might not need a guide here. The ticket price was very cheap (40,000 VND / adult) compared to what inside the museum so the visit was worth it for us. The scenery outside of the museum was also a nice photography spot.
Written 12 July 2019
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sarsdow
Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Couples
So often you see the real touristy areas, and don’t get to see outside of that. I’d recommend going here, for an hour or two, to get an idea of the history of the area, and what industries happen in the area (coal mining in this case), rather than just the usual natural history. Also gives an insight into Vietnamese culture. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the Vincom shopping centre which is where most taxi’s will drop you, if you don’t mind the walk. Well worth the visit, you don’t need a guide here.
Written 27 December 2018
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MinhLQ
Hanoi, Vietnam15 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Very nice museum about Vietnamese nature, culture and history! A great translation work has been done so that everything is translated into English and French.
Written 13 November 2018
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Chris M
Perth, Australia20 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Couples
We visited the museum as part of the half-day city tour with Vietnam Cheap Packages. Our guide, Mr Khang, picked us up at our hotel and returned us there afterwards, having shown us the city with a long stop at the museum where he proved to be very knowledgeable about Ha Long city and Vietnam in general. The museum covered all aspects of life in Vietnam, from history to culture, to lifestyle, to fauna. A very relaxing and informative visit.
Written 14 September 2018
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Angie R
Sunderland, UK1,494 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Couples
This is a light airy modern museum that gives a fascinating insight into Vietnam, it’s culture, history, people and animal life.

It is on three floors, with both lifts and escalators.

There is also a lovely little shop with very reasonably priced momentos, I bought a lovely cashmere pashmina for the equivalent of around 10 pounds. There is also a little cafe area with nice coffee, cold drinks and ice creams....

Well worth a visit....
Written 21 April 2018
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Couples
This museum has it all -- extensive collections, a super modern building, a café, & a prime location adjacent to the Halong Bay (stunning views) and with an open green plaza on one side, the visual connection with the nearby, modern Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning & Expo Center. Plan a morning or afternoon visit as they close for a long mid-day lunch or enjoy the museum café that opens to the plaza or other food stalls along the bay.
Written 31 March 2018
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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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