The Hanoi Museum, covering almost 54,000 square meters and 30.7 meters high, opened on Wednesday in the capital.
One of the works to celebrate the capital's millennial anniversary, the museum is the one of largest ones in the country.
The VND2.3 trillion (US$118 million) museum evokes an inverse pyramid with six floors, including two that are underground. In addition to antiques, the museum also displays samples of rare stones, plants and animals in Hanoi like the skeleton of a Giant Softshell turtle (Rafetus Swinhoei), a rare species found at Hoan Kiem Lake.
In related news, ten famous battles in Vietnamese history will be depicted at an exhibition displaying 500 historical objects in the Vietnam Military History Museum on Monday.
Among the battles, dating back to between the 10th and 20th centuries, are the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 against France, and the two battles on Bach Dang River in 938 and 1288 the first one led by Ngo Quyen against the Southern Chinese Han forces, and the second headed by Tran Hung Dao against the Mongols.
According to organizers, most of the objects and materials are being displayed for the first time, including a collection of weapons from across the centuries, and French flags collected in a tunnel where French commander Christian De Castries was arrested at the battle of Dien Bien Phu.