The Robert Taylor Museum

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The above statues sit outside the Robert Taylor Museum , which I had to photograph because they reminded me of the current crop of politicians – you pick the country.

None so blind as those who will not see what those who elected them can see.

If I don’t hear the complaints, there mustn’t be any.

I never said that, you misunderstood me . . . .   

If you click on the above link you will see a page in Vietnamese, click on the top right hand black box to have a choice of English or Vietnamese. The English is not all that clear, but it will allow you to click on the gallery for more detailed images.

The Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms is the full title of the museum, Robert Taylor is the owner and the operator.

Mr Taylor, who is British, visited Vietnam to work in 1991 to establish a company specialising in the construction of anti-corrosion, insulation, sound insulation and personnel training. He later married a local girl, and in 1996 he settled in Vung Tau, the city in which he now lives.

From a young age he had a passion for collecting old weapons and military uniforms. Over the years he has collected 2500 items; guns, swords and uniforms. About 1500 items are between two and three hundred years old.

In 1996 he began procedures to obtain permission to import the various weapons and uniforms in to Vietnam so as to create a museum. This took four years before he receive the licence to do so. When this happened he sold his assets in the UK.

The museum opened, but in 2012 he divorced his wife, and because of property problems with his wife, the museum was closed.

In 2015 the provincial government offered, as a loan, the current building that Robert  now occupies, and the museum reopened.

The museum has become a ‘must see’ attraction for visitors to Vung Tau City, not just for foreigners, and it is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

DSC00628rForecourt of the museum – the entrance to the building is on the left.

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Welcome

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    There are two floors of exhibits – the above is on the 1st Floor.

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Also on the first floor are exhibits of
Chinese, Mongols, Samurai, Greeks, Romans & Vikings uniforms and arms.

DSC00630rAs we climbed the stairs we met some old friends, Henry VIII

DSC00641rAdmiral Nelson

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Napoleon Bonaparte

DSC00636cPikeman from the 1600’s

DSC00642rThe 2nd floor focused on the Napoleonic wars – French, British, Russian & Dutch exhibits.

DSC00643rA display of British uniforms through the ages.

There is a special area within the museum complex for the Australians.

DSC00652rA display of mementos for Long Tan, and the 50th anniversary of the battle,
which was in 2016.

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Australian evening dress uniforms, with the wall covered in mementos.

DSC00655rMemorial service for the 50th anniversary of the battle.

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WW2 has not been forgotten.

The portrait is of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia, who ruled from 1888 to 1918, after which he abdicated and lived in exile in the Netherlands.
He lived long enough to see the rise of Hitler.

Wilhelm died in 1941 and is interned in a mausoleum in the grounds of the house in which he lived from 1919.

German monarchists visit the house frequently, and in 2012 the house had 25,000 visitors from Germany.

For $5 USD the visit to Robert Taylor’s museum was well worth the fee, and extremely interesting.

 

 

 

 

Author: 1944april

Traveled a great deal - about 70 countries - first foreign country I suppose was Wales, which was only 80 miles away from where I was born. Visited each Continent, except Antarctica, and I doubt that it is on my bucket list - too cold. I love Asian food, Australian wine & British beer & trying to entertain by writing.

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