Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang

(4.1/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Discover the Akha, Khmu, Tai Lue, and Hmong cultures of Laos at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum highlighting its various ethnic groups. Though small, Laos is a country full of diverse people, culture, and history. Since opening in 2007, the museum's permanent and visiting exhibits have been educating visitors from around the world on these various populations. Tour the collections of historical artefacts, religious objects, textiles, photographs, and video for insight into the country's past and present. Don't forget to stop into the onsite activity center, cafe, and museum shop, which sells goods from all of Laos's 12 provinces. Use our Luang Prabang itinerary builder to visit Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre on your trip to Luang Prabang, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is a small exhibition that can easily be seen in less than an hour, but is suitable for people with an interest in the diversity of people in Laos. 
  • This is a small venue, but very interesting. It shows traditional dress from a large variety of tribes in Laos. There is also a small shop with very good quality goods, though much more expensive than...  more »
  • After visiting a Hmong and Khmu village earlier in the day, we had a couple of hours to fill before dinner and paid a visit to the TAEC. It was very interesting to read about the diversity of ethnic g...  more »
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  • Well presented cultural museum set in an 80 yr old french-era building. Interactive exhibits professionally displayed with well-spoken English translations. Small gift shop and cafe attached, whereby proceeds are split evenly between museum and local communities. Just 25,000K ($3) to enter and the gift shop is more reasonably priced than Ock Pop Tok in my opinion. Plan on 20-30min visit as its not huge but arguably just enough to inform and not overwhelm. Accepts Visa and MasterCard and USD, Baht and Euros.
  • Really interesting museum with good exhibition related to Lao ethnic minorities. They have good explanations about origins and culture and example of handcrafts. It is also possible to buy some on their shop.
  • Not a huge amount to see and a little expensive to get into but an interesting look at a variety of traditional arts and crafts and way of life. The video displays are well worth watching all the way through.
  • Very interesting, but quiet small. Good Video presentations. You can learn much about Lao culture
  • Fascinating exhibits, friendly staff, expensive tea. Worth a visit