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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Yersin Museum

Apart from being a fully-fledged vaccination and hygiene research institute, the Pasteur Institute at Nha Trang also contains a museum dedicated to the life and work of its founding director, Swiss-French scientist Dr Alexandre Yersin, who had a profound effect on medical care in Việt Nam during the early years of this century. Yersin’s library, office and living quarters are preserved in original style. A video film about Yersin and his discovery of a plague bacillus in Hong Kong in 1894 (in French only) may also be viewed on request.


Dr. Yersin came to Nha Trang in 1891 and spent most of his life here to study about bacteria. He is the founder of Pasteur Institute in Vietnam. From 1892 to 1894, he organized several expeditions to the Central Highlands. In 1893, the explorers discovered the Lang Biang plateau where Dalat City is based now. Dr. Yersin has great contribution to the immunology in Vietnam and foundation of Dalat city. In Vietnamese Caodism, he is honored as a saint.