Attraction Alexandre Yersin Museum, 10 Tran Phu St, Nha Trang, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Alexandre Yersin Museum is special ?
Alexandre Yersin, a friend and associate of Louis Pasteur. Yersin arrived in Nha Trang in 1891, discovered the plague bacillus, developed the vaccination, and died here in 1943.
But Yersin was more than that. He was a scientist interested in everything from aviationto ethnography, and was an expert photographer who photographed ethnic groups and the French outpost of Nha Trang in over 500 glass stereoscopic slides.
Initially, he was considered a colonial reactionary by the reunification government, and his beautiful colonial house and observatory were torn down in 1975. Fifteen years later, the Ministry of Culture and Information recognized Yersin as a hero, and funded a museum in his honor. Since then, conservator Truong Thi Thuy Nga has put together an important museum detailing his work. Nga studied biology herself in Paris, and considers Yersin to be her personal passion.
In the museum, you'll see his letters, photographs, personal effects, scientific instruments, and furniture, including his deathbed. Especially interesting are fourdioramas hand-painted by talented French high school students, and donated to Nga for the museum. If you're fortunate, Nga will show you one or two of his glass stereoscopic images. Work still needs to be done, as Yersin's photographic plates deserve a book.
The museum is a tribute to two individuals, Yersin, for his outstanding scientific contributions, and Nga, for her exceptional curatorial work.
How to get to Alexandre Yersin Museum?
The museum is located adjacent to the Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang, on the cornice in the center of town.
- “Small museum for a great man”
- “Yersin is a hero”
- “A small museum, interesting for a quick visit.”
- “Beautiful tribute to this honourable man!”
- “Interesting If You're In The Game”
Alexandre Yersin Museum, 10 Tran Phu St, Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Entrance fee (40.000 VND pp?). Simple museum, technically not very advanced, but you got a lot of informative panels with information in French and English telling about Dr. Yersin's life as he was born, went to Paris where he worked in the Institute Pasteur, the way he arrived in Nha Trang as he worked on a ship travelling between Ho Chi Minh City, Manilla, Nha Trang and Hai Phong, and eventually how he settled in Nha Trang (the place he fell in love with), where he raised an Institute Pasteur and where he did his discoveries of the plague bacille. Nice lettres to read, e.g. to his mother where he wrote he liked her biscuits a lot, and he had thousands of things to tell her, but he had no time because two corpses (died by plague) were waiting for autopsy. ("Mother, don't forget to wash your hands with soap after reading this letter"). Also exposed were some classical scientifc instruments he took on his expiditions, e.g. to measure light intensity, ampères, ... There is a little video about his life on a small tv-screen