EXPLORING THE QUANG NINH MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
Designed by Spanish architect Salavador Perez Arroyo, another must-visit in Ha Long is the Quang Ninh Museum. It is part of a collection of museums located in the Hong Hai ward in Ha Long City.
The building looks like a giant mirror meant to reflect the beauty of Ha Long Bay. It showcases exhibits on Vietnamese culture, history, and nature in a modern and contemporary light.
The museum has three floors that represent the different stages of development of the Quang Ninh province; From ancient times to the present day, and from the mountains to the bay.
The first floor represents nature. There are four columns that are meant to serve as the images of mountains and a light show which is meant to reenact the shimmering of light coming off the water. Walking through the first floor feels as if you’re having a stroll in the beautiful Ha Long Bay.
On the second floor, you can find exhibits on the history of Quang Ninh. Archaeological findings are in display going back as far as prehistoric times.
The third floor is about the culture of the province and its people. Mining and coal has played a pivotal part in the development of the region and a lot of objects related to this industry are exhibited.
A visit is well-recommended to anyone interested in the history and culture of the Quang Ninh province. It offers a unique glimpse into the development and history of the region and of the daily lives of its inhabitants over the centuries.
Opening Times: Opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 15 p.m.
Entrance Fees: Tickets are 40.000 VND as of July 2019. Discounts are offered for students and children.
Address: Trần Quốc Nghiễn, Tuần Châu, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh (Maps and directions)