A little way to the northeast of the War Remnants Museum, via Thi Minh Khai Street, is a lush, riverside environment where the Vietnam National Museum of History is sited on the grounds of Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Much of Vietnam's history, and consequently its identity today, has been influenced by outsiders. In ancient times the Khmer and Chinese empires occupied large portions of modern-day Vietnam, and in more recent times the country has been partially or completely occupied by French, Japanese, and American forces. The museum is an excellent place to get Vietnamese perspective on these events as well as some unexpected surprises, most notably the oldest mummy ever found in the country. The English introductions in the museum's exhibits are extremely helpful.