Alexandre Yersin, the French medical pioneer, is well remembered in Vietnam, where he was affectionately called “Ông Năm“. Surprisingly and as a sign of the deep respect the Vietnamese have for him, following the country’s independence, streets named in his honour kept their designation, and his tomb in Suoi Dau was graced by a pagoda where rites are performed. His house in Nha Trang is now the Yersin Museum.
At the museum visitors can get an idea of the work of Yersin. He founded Dalat, discovered a vital plague-causing bacterium, and researched agricultural methods and meteorological forecasting, all to the great benefit of the Vietnamese. Yersin arrived in Nha Trang in 1891 and dedicated the rest of his life to scientific discovery from his laboratory here, until his passing away in 1943. He founded the institute in 1895. On display are his desk, a rich library and his scientific instruments.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 08:00-11:00 and 14:00-16:30
Address: 10 Tran Phu St, Tp. Nha Trang
Tel: (058) 3822-355