Built in 1977, Da Nang's Museum of the Fifth Military Division offers visitors a glimpse into Vietnam's tumultuous past with extensive displays of war relics, news articles, and photos taken by soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. The museum complex consists of four main areas: an outdoor exhibition of large military equipment; a military museum; a reproduction of Ho Chi Minh's house in Hanoi; and a Ho Chi Minh museum.
The indoor area of the museum's exhibit includes 12 small halls with thousands of photos and news articles about the establishment, struggle and victory of the Vietnamese army. There are also plenty of personal belongings and interesting backgrounds of prominent soldiers, including a pair of slippers that belonged to Phan Thi Mua.
Phan Thi Mua was a female member of the special task force that detonated a US fuel depot in 1972 by using dynamite powder into her slippers.
The outside area is divided into four areas and houses authentic aircraft, military tanks and weapons used during the French and American wars. Most of the on display is in pristine condition, with must-see attractions, including the A-37 Dragonfly light attack aircraft, the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog observation plane, and the M48 Patton gun tank.
Some great examples are still in good condition, including jets and support planes from both sides of each conflict, many of which are still attached with grenade and rocket launchers. Unfortunately, you can't climb in and sit on the controls.
Hidden behind the buildings is a replica of Ho Chi Minh's home in Hanoi and a museum about him.
Despite the vast grounds of this museum, it is largely a worship of Ho Chi Minh.