Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (Fito Museum)
Across 18 rooms over six different levels, including reconstructions of a 19th-century pharmacy and a traditional healer’s home, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine provides a brilliant insight into one of Asia’s less well-known medical traditions—as well as atmospheric photos. Many travelers opt to visit on a tour or book a guided tour at the museum: There’s not much by way of signage so live commentary can provide invaluable context.
Things to know before you go
- The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is a great choice for history buffs of all kinds.
- Fito Pharma, the traditional medicine company behind the museum, also runs a Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Pharmacy at its headquarters outside Ho Chi Minh City. That’s also sometimes known as the Fito Museum.
- There is elevator access to the different floors of the museum but the wooden floors can be uneven.
How to get there
The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10, about a 3-mile (5-kilometer) drive west of historic Saigon. It’s not easy to reach by bus so most travelers join a tour or book a driver.
When to get there
The museum is open from morning until late afternoon seven days a week and is rarely very crowded. Visit midweek for less cluttered photo opportunities.
Museums to See in Ho Chi Minh City
Most every visitor to Ho Chi Minh City will stop by the War Remnants Museum, dedicated to the horrors of the Vietnam-American War. But other museums explore the Vietnamese experience from different angles. Hit the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum to see how the city transformed from Saigon to its modern incarnation; fashionistas won’t want to miss the Ao Dai Museum, outside the city, dedicated to Vietnam’s graceful national dress.
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