The Steering Committee for the construction of a new facility for the Vietnam Military History Museum on December 9 held a meeting in Hanoi to review its work during 2013 and map out orientations for next year.

The museum, which is currently sited in the centre of Hanoi and boasts around 150,000 objects and documents, will be relocated to an area of 74.3 hectares in Dai Mo commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi.

A number of research and fact-finding tours have been carried out in both local and foreign museums to serve the project.

The committee has drafted an integrated scheme on designing the museum’s architecture as well as forms of display and its content, which was submitted to the Ministry of National Defence for approval.

At the same time, it plans to increase the number of exhibits, digitalise documents and focus on human resources training.

The museum, previously known as the Army Museum, was founded in 1956 and opened to the public three years later. It was named the Vietnam Army Museum Academy in 1964, and renamed the Vietnam Military History Museum in 2002.

It has so far received more than 17 million visitors, including foreigners from more than 150 countries.

With its unique objects and materials, the museum has become a cultural and historical centre and a popular destination among local and overseas tourists.-VNA