A painting scroll describing the landing of a boat bearing Japanese merchants in Hoi An harbour in the 17-18th century. The item was provided by the Kyushu National Museum in Japan. Photo: the Vietnam National Museum of History

Vietnamese history, dating from prehistoric times to the modern era, is being depicted at an exhibition opens on September 1 at the Vietnam National Museum of History.

With 300 items on display, including photos, paintings and documents, the exhibition will offer a wide view of the country's history over the last 500,000 years.

It starts with the discovery of traces of mankind's ancestor, Homo Erectus, in the Tham Khuyen-Tham Hai caves in the northern province of Lang Son. The process of establishment and defence of civilisations over 4,000 years is depicted following the nation's revolts against the Chinese, French and Americans.

The exhibition also portrays the country's liberated era, highlighting its numerous achievements for its economy, society and culture.

The exhibition will become a permanent feature of the Vietnam National Museum of History on 216 Tran Quang Khai street in Hanoi.-VNA