After 1 years of temporarily stopped operation, Ancient Weaponry Museum
will reopen at new address No 98 Tran Hung Dao Street (ward 1, Vung Tau city).
Those who love BRVT tourism surely know the Ancient Weaponry
museum with collection of ancient weapon, military equipment and goods gathered
from many countries on over the world. The owner of this weaponry collection is
Mr. Robert Taylor (British citizenship). With the passion of weapon, Mr. Robert
devoted all his mind and money to research and collect weapon when he still was
young. After that, he came to BRVT province for working and got married with Ms.
Nguyen Thi Bong in 1998. To satisfy the desire of owning ancient weaponry
museum at Vung Tau city, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Bong asked Vietnamese
Government for a permission to import their collection of weapon into Vietnam and
opened the museum at No 14 Hai Dang Street, ward 2, Vung Tau city.
With the help of the Ministry of Culture – Sport and Tourism
as well as related Ministries and branches since 2009, Mr. Robert has imported
5 turns of ancient weapon into Vietnam
with 1.032 items including guns, swords, bayonets, military equipments and
goods, clothing etc. More than 2/3 of items were assessed and issued antique
certificate by Antique Survey Council of Cultural Heritage Bureau (directly
under Department of Culture – Sport and Tourism) then displayed at Ancient Weaponry Museum.
The museum which was opened in the beginning of 2012 and drew
attention of tourists on over the country due to its specific characters. Many
travel agencies chose Ancient
as prominent program when taking their customers to visit Vung Tau city.
The museum had run almost 3 months, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Nguyen
Thi Bong emerged contradiction and got divorced after that. In October 2012,
People’s Court of Vung Tau City handled the case of separating property in the
divorce of Mr. Robert and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Bong. During this time, Mrs. Nguyen Thi
Bong sold and transferred all general property, including the house that they
used as weapon museum.
Mr. Robert Taylor told that when the house was sold, he actively
asked the provincial authority to relocate weapon collection to new address. the
authority created favorable conditions for Mr. Robert to survey many places,
but he realized that the house at No 98 Tran Hung Dao Street, ward 1 (the old
head office of Provincial Women Union) was the suitable place for his
collection due to ancient architecture that helped him to save money and repairing
time to reopen the museum as soon as possible.
At the recent meeting chaired by Department of
Culture-Sport-Tourism in which the official document No 1345/ UBND-VP on March
6th of Provincial People’s Committee was deployed with representatives
of Department of Foreign Affair, Provincial Police, Department of Finance,
Department of Construction, People’s Committee of Vung Tau city, all delegates
agreed with the new location. Mr. Robert Taylor must build a plan of relocating
and displaying, welcoming and serving visitors etc to submit to provincial
People’s Committee for consideration and approval.
Dang Khoa – Translated by T.T