Alexandre Yersin is known to the French and Vietnamese as the individual who made a great discovery. He found the bacteria which is known to cause the bubonic plague. This proved transmission between a rat and a human was possible. In a time of basic healthcare, this is was a tremendous achievement.
He did a few other things as well. He opened up Pasteur Institutes. These places produce vaccines to European standards and conduct extensive medical research. Yersin was a prominent figure in the agricultural industry, helping to pioneer the plantation of rubber trees around Indochina amongst other farming developments. He helped bring coffee plantations to Vietnam. Oh yeah, he also found the extremely beautiful Dalat. Yersin made Nha rang his home. He lived on the beachfront. He passed away in this place.
The museum is the former home of Alexandre Yersin. Ornaments and personal belongings remain preserved here. Letters and photographs of Yersin’s life are presented around the museum. Some of the pictures can be viewed in 3D. There’s a short documentary about his life available. Even the furniture and his bed are on view.
Artefacts of his scientific work have been added to the museum. Dioramas are on display as well as a range of scientific equipment. Yersin’s work is shown there. It is located adjacent to the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute. Some of his research was completed at home.
This is a place of discovery. Located in a petite yet charming building, there is an information overload when you visit this timepiece. You can learn about how one man and his vision helped to develop France and Vietnam and the world in one lifetime. This is a great place for history buffs.
The Alexandre Yersin Museum is located opposite the Pasteur Institute, 10 Tran Phu, Vinh Hoa, Nha Trang. Opening hours are 08:00-11:00, 14:00-16:30. Admission fee is $1.50.