History & Mission

1. History
Vietnamese Women’s Museum (VWM) is located in Ly Thuong Kiet Street, downtown Hanoi, just 500m from the central Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword) Lake and the old quarter. This is the most ancient street in the capital city, with many French-style buildings, foreign embassies, big hotels and government offices.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum was established in 1987 and run by Vietnam Women’s Union. It is a gender museum with functions of research, preservation, and display of tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritages of Vietnamese women and Vietnam Women’s Union. It is also a centre for cultural exchange between Vietnamese and international women for the goal of equality, development and peace.
Since its open to public in 1995, VWM has successfully held many exhibitions, serving hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and international visitors a year. It has a collection of more than 25,000 objects and materials related to Vietnamese women.
In late 2010, VWM reopened to public its permanent exhibit after four years of upgrading and refurbishing with three themes:
      - Women In Family
      - Women In History
      - Women’s Fashion

The newly renovated Vietnamese Women’s Museum is introducing better displays with contemporary curation and story telling and updated facilities, making it very unique and impressive. At the same time, VWM has moved from a cultural and historical museum to a gender museum with its rich identity, providing much information on cultural traditions and issues of social and contemporary life. It is a tribute to the role Vietnam’s women have played in history and continue to play in contemporary life.
Coming to the recently refurbished Vietnamese Women’s Museum, visitors will experience new feelings. After seeing more than 1000 materials, objects, and photos displayed in the exhibit, visitors can retell in detail stories about Vietnamese women through rituals and customs in marriage, childbirth and family life; encounter historical and contemporary figures; recollect memories of the wartime; or simply share your joy and enjoyment of the products full of national cultural identity created by Vietnamese women with their creation and dexterity...
In addition to regular exhibits, VWM also organizes many special, thematic exhibitions with a new approach of social anthropology, reflecting the development and changes of contemporary society through projects targeting many different groups, particularly vulnerable women and disadvantaged children.
Desiring to bring the museum closer to the public, VWM continues to diversity its educational activities and public programs and increase its communication activities to reach wider public. With incessant efforts in improving its content, quality and images, it is hoped that Vietnamese and international visitors to VWM will have special experiences. In 2012, Vietnamese Women’s Museum was honoured to be ranked “One of the best attractions in Hanoi in 2012” by TripAdvisor - one of the most prestigious world tourist websites. In 2013, TripAdvisor continued to include Vietnamese Women’s Museum in the top 25 most interesting museums in Asia. “Worth a visit - touching stories” is the message TripAdvisor wants to send to readers when it describes Vietnamese Women’s Museum.
In response to the sentiments and love by visitors, VMW is always making further improvements to become an international-level museum, a tourist destination worth visiting by domestic and international tourists.

2. Mission
To enhance public knowledge and understanding of history and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women by collecting, preserving and introducing exhibits through object collection, historical anthropology approach, diverse and multi-directional reflection of women’s issues in historical and contemporary life, and dialogues and discussions with the community for sustainable development of the museum, thus contributing to promoting gender equality.