The Ministry of Construction has asked for VND11.277 trillion (US$541 million) from the government to build the country's biggest history museum in Hanoi.
Once approved, the work will start in November on a 10-hectare site in the Western Sword Lake new urban area in Tu Liem District, news website VnExpress reported Friday.
Besides the exhibition area, the museum will also have a storage area, a restoration center, a hall for conferences and film screenings, and an area for commemorating great people of the past.
There will be indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, the latter for large relics and for use when a complex is needed to explain a certain historical or cultural era.
It is expected to be completed by May 2016.
The project was initiated as long ago as in 2007 with a design contest and poll.
Vietnam has around 150 museums, some of which have rare artifacts, but they struggle to attract visitors.
One major reason is the poor curatorial quality and the buildings' old architecture.
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