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Worldwide Arms Museum opens in Vung Tau

posted Jan 10, 2012, 2:14 AM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 2:14 AM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
The first Vietnam’s private arms museum featuring the world’s wars from the 17th – 20th centuries will open next month in Vung Tau.
Named “The worldwide arms museum,” the 1,500 square meters museum founded by English businessman Mr. Robert Taylor and his wife Mrs. Nguyen Thi Bong promises to be an attractive destination for people interested in world history of warfare.
Architecturally designed like an ancient fort, the museum located at 14 Ha Long Street showcases 1,200 guns, 1,000 swords, other military equipment and 500 mannequins wearing military uniforms from Asia and European countries in previous centuries.
The space inside the museum is designed to recall the world’s most famous wars. The lobby is decorated with a wall sculpture featuring the Battle of Hennersdorf in 1745 in Poland. Other well-known battles led by kings and generals, such as Napoleon Bonaparte in 18th century, were also painted vividly on the museum’s ceiling.
Robert Taylor, 66, started his collection at the age of 18. After marrying Bong and settling in Vung Tau since 1991, the couple developed the idea of building a museum to house and display Robert’s collection.
“We decide to open the museum in order to bring the world’s history of warfare to Vietnam since my husband considers the country his second homeland,” Bong said.
It also took them years to obtain the approval to ship the weapons to Vietnam even though they were non-operational, they shared.
Source: TTN