Viet Museum

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Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam
Viện Bảo Tàng Việt Nam
Exterior of the Viet Museum (photo taken on the museum's opening day, August 25, 2007)
Established25 August 2007 (2007-08-25)
LocationHistory Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, California
Coordinates37°19′13″N 121°51′36″W / 37.32028°N 121.86000°W / 37.32028; -121.86000Coordinates: 37°19′13″N 121°51′36″W / 37.32028°N 121.86000°W / 37.32028; -121.86000
FounderVũ Văn Lộc
Public transit accessVTA Route 73

The Viet Museum (Vietnamese: Viện Bảo Tàng Việt Nam) or the Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam is a museum focusing on the experience of Vietnamese Americans and their journey from Vietnam to the United States. It is located in Greenwalt House, a historical home relocated to History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose, California, United States, and was opened on August 25, 2007.[1]

The museum was created by the San Jose-based nonprofit organization IRCC (Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center, Inc.), headed by Vũ Văn Lộc, a former colonel in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Planning for the Museum began in 1976, taking over 30 years to realize. It is believed to be the only museum in the world to exhibit artifacts related to the Vietnamese diaspora.[2]

The Viet Museum's collections focus on three periods:

  • 1950–1975: The Republic of Vietnam and the War in the name of Freedom
  • 1975–1996: The "Boat People" and the quest for Freedom
  • 1975–2007: Vietnamese Americans today and the building of Liberty


  1. ^ Noguchi, Sharon (August 25, 2007). "San Jose's new Vietnamese museum elicits deep emotions". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ Sanchez, Tatiana (September 10, 2016). "San Jose Vietnamese organization marks 40th anniversary". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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