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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  • By visiting we got interested in Laos' ethnic groups, rural lifestyles and handicrafts. We saw exhibits of clothing, household objects, religious artefacts. In fact Laos is one of the most ethnically ...  more »
  • Well presented, good balance of information on the tribes as well as the culture & handicrafts. The shop was also a delight, a good source for a range of Lao material from books to jewellery and trink...  more »
  • It is super small and even reading all delays no more than half an hour. What makes it interesting is that on any excursion no guide you has too on culture or history, for which one leaves of Luang Prabang knowing very little if you haven't read before. In that Museum unless we go with some concepts interesting.
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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