Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang

4.2
#2 of 14 in Museums in Laos
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. Put Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Luang Prabang trip itinerary app .
Create an itinerary including Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
map
Places to stay near Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
703 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • Do not miss this little museum on your visit to Laos! It provides an important background for the visitor to understand the peoples and cultures of this beautiful country. The information provided on ...  more »
  • Visited for about an hour and a half to get out of the midday sun. Really great small museum which gives you an in-depth knowledge of several minority groups in laos and their beautiful craftwork. Be ...  more »
  • You don't need to spend a lot of time here, but you get a lot of bang for the buck. You learn a lot about the complicated ethnic composition of Laos, you can buy (if you want--no hard sell) a couple o...  more »
Google
  • Small museum with well-designed and highly informative displays showcasing Lao tribal culture, folklore and art. Entry for children under the age of 12 is free. Children are offered activity blocks to keep them entertained. The building itself is lovingly restored, even the toilets are “exhibits” (see photo). Excellent museum shop offering authentic and stylish craft, juices made from local berries with bamboo straws, short courses in basket-weaving. There is also a kids corner with the full range of tribal costumes to play dress up.
  • Very interesting place! Had a lot of local hand made stuff there and had a story and from which region it came from. Really cool to be promoting local stuff and helping get the profits back to the source of production.
  • Small but interesting museum, a good place to learn about the ethno-linguistic groups that make up the country, where they originally came from, and what makes them unique. An hour is more than enough to see all exhibits. I thought the English descriptions accompanying the exhibits are well-written. The following excerpt perhaps best conveys the message the museum wants to impart to visitors: "Ethnic communities in developing countries are not frozen in time as historical or ‘traditional icons’. In fact, they are developing and changing as much as cultures in Europe, the Americas, or even Vientiane, and have been transforming for hundreds of years. Ethnic people in Laos live in cities, own businesses, hold government positions, and travel overseas. In rural villages, they listen to the radio, trade with other ethnic groups, frequent town markets, adopt new crops, and build cement houses. People adapt their lifestyles and traditions to changing circumstances, globalization, and opportunities to improve their future."
  • I really enjoyed visiting this museum. It is small but if you really read all the signs and take time to admire all the beautiful hand crafted items is the perfect size. I was specially fascinated with the fabrics and embroidery. Well worth the visit and the entrance fee.
  • Lovely place! It is absolutely worth going. you can learn about the beautiful tradition of weaving! On top they are helping the Communities 👍🏻

Plan your trip to Luang Prabang

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre by other users

7 days in Laos BY A USER FROM UKRAINE May, outdoors, romantic, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, romantic, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM VIETNAM April, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 46 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Cambodia & Laos BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Laos BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM JAPAN April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Asia BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Laos BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Laos BY A USER FROM FINLAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Cambodia, Vientiane & Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans