Visiting cultural sites is always a pleasant experience when traveling to a new city. Coming to Alexandre Yersin Museum in Nha Trang, visitors can get a glimpse into the life of this doctor and learn more about Vietnamese architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
1. About Alexandre Yersin Museum Vietnam
Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943) was a Swiss-French doctor and an explorer. He had great affection for Vietnam, especially Khanh Hoa province, which he considered his second hometown.
Dr. Yersin's apartment in Nha Trang is now a museum that displays all of his belongings. The museum is situated on the 2nd floor of the house inside Nha Trang Pasteur Institute. In 1991, Alexandre Yersin Museum was recognized by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam as a historical and cultural relic.
- Location: No.10, Tran Phu street, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours:
- Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: closed
- Ticket price:
- Vietnamese visitor: 10,000 - 20,000 VND
- International visitor: 20,000 - 40,000 VND
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2. What to do in Alexandre Yersin Museum Nha Trang?
Coming to Alexandre Yersin Museum, visitors will be surprised to see with their own eyes the items and equipment used by Dr. Yersin in his research. These items range from an antique Leroy clock, documentary articles, morse antennas, calculators, globes to electrical measuring instruments, telescopes, and many other unique laboratory instruments. This shows how great Dr. Yersin's love for scientific research was.
Visitors can also see that Dr. Yersin was a simple man with a considerate heart. He devoted his life to researching and finding effective treatments for people's illnesses, but his home's furnishings were very basic, consisting of only rattan beds, chairs, bookcases, wardrobes, and mirrors.
2.1. Learn about the honorable life of Dr. Yersin
Dr. Yersin was the founder and the first principal of Indochina Medicine School, which is today's Hanoi Medical University. He was also the founder of Nha Trang Pasteur Institute. He discovered the bacteria responsible for the bubonic plague and also successfully developed the vaccines for leukemia, tetanus, cholera, etc.
In the 100-square-meter-wide museum bearing his name, there is a room in the middle, surrounded by a walkway. They represent the life of Dr. Yersin: his childhood, school days, expeditions, discovery of the bacteria, settlement in Nha Trang, establishment of plantations, titles, etc.
2.2. See the many valuable artifacts of Dr. Yersin
Alexandre Yersin Museum currently displays 1,200 books as well as over 50 items in fields such as medicine, astronomy, geography that Alexandre Yersin used in his research. The antique Leroy clock, documentary articles, morse antennas, computers, etc. have all been carefully preserved.
Specifically, the museum preserves the microscope that Dr. Yersin used to detect the infamous bacteria in the past, a telescope, and a camera that he used to bring along here and there. It can be seen that the doctor had a huge interest in not only medicine but also astronomy and geography.
2.3. Explore the model of the house of Dr. Yersin
In addition to the artifacts, Alexandre Yersin Museum also has a model of Dr. Alenxandre Yersin apartment. Here, you can clearly visualize his everyday life thanks to the realistically decorated rattan furniture, including chairs, beds, bookcases, wardrobes, and letters. His home was also the place for thousands of life-saving operations. In the past, Dr. Yersin treated countless patients at his home for free.
2.4. Admire hundreds of photos taken by Dr. Yersin
Alexandre Yersin was not only a doctor, he was also a travel enthusiast. He left behind hundreds of priceless photographs showing the natural beauty of Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, and other provinces.
3. Other historical and cultural Nha Trang tourist attractions
In addition to Alexandre Yersin Museum Nha Trang, there are many other historical and cultural sites in this city:
- Address: 1 Cau Da, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours: 6 am - 6 pm
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND / adult
Considered as the largest research institute of marine life in Southeast Asia, Nha Trang Oceanographic Museum is your next go-to destination in Nha Trang. Currently, this museum houses about 20,000 specimens of 4,000 species, many of which are living creatures raised in glass tanks. Furthermore, the museum stores numerous data on seismology, tidal cycles, ocean currents, and so on.
- Address: 1 Thai Nguyen, Phuoc Tan ward, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours: 8 am - 11 am and 2 pm - 4 pm, closed on Sunday
- Ticket price: free
Also known as the Stone Church, Nha Trang Cathedral is built of sturdy and long-lasting cubist blocks. The gray white color of the stones as well as the beautiful architecture are the highlights of this destination. It has a bell on the top which is 38 meters high. The interior of the church is spacious and airy.
- Address: 2/4 street, Vinh Phuoc ward, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours: 6 am - 5:30 pm
- Ticket price: 22,000 VND / adult, 11,000 VND / child
Ponagar Cham Towers, also known as Yang Po Inu Nagar Towers, is a Champa temple complex constructed during the golden age of Hinduism. The towers are located on the top of a 12-meter-high hill, about 2 kilometers away from Nha Trang's city center. Here, you can take pictures and learn about the history and the distinctive architecture of the Cham people.
- Address: Phuoc Dong commune, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Ticket price: free
Aside from Alexandre Yersin Museum, you should also visit Tram Huong Museum Nha Trang. This is a privately owned museum, built in 2017 on an area of approximately 5000 square meters. The museum contains over 5000 samples, documents, images, artifacts, and other items related to frankincense.
Cau Da Villa
- Address: Vinh Hoa ward, Nha Trang city
- Opening hours: 6 am - 6 pm
- Ticket price: free
Cau Da Villa is situated on the top of Canh Long Mountain, approximately 6 kilometers away from Nha Trang city center. This destination consists of five villas, each bearing typical French architecture and is named after a plant.
This villa area was originally designed as the residence for oceanographers. Later, it was transformed into a resort for King Bao Dai and Queen Nam Phuong, then for the family of the President of the Republic of Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem and other famous figures.
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Visitors to Alexandre Yersin Museum will discover the greatness of a spectacular doctor who made numerous significant contributions to medicine, astronomy, and other fields. Furthermore, here, one can feel the sincere affection of doctor Alexandre Yersin for Nha Trang people and vice versa.
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