Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang

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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 .
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  • Small museum well presented on the cultures and ways of life specific to the various ethnic groups of Laos. Visit with guide recommended, very interesting! Doing during your stay in Luang Prabang.
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  • We absolutely loved this little museum, we learned loads and the children were engaged from the moment we entered until we left with the help of a great little treasure hunt and help from the enthusia...  more »
  • This is a small but well laid out museum explaining the different Laos tribes & traditions. I would recommend about an hour or so to visit as there's a small shop & coffee available on site. The tour ...  more »
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  • 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."
  • It was an interesting experience. I saw things that some ethnic tribes make and wear. I filled out an activity sheet and received a prize. The sheet is recommended for 8-10 year olds.
  • Laos comprises many tribes. In the north, the minority tribes (i.e., non Lao tribe) make up the majority of the population. I learnt this at this museum. Do not miss this if you wish to understand Laos better - especially the different tribes. Knowledgeable English speaking guides and a good museum shop with authentic craft that the guides can actually describe and explain (as opposed to the markets or other local shops - either wrong information or communication issues).
  • Good museum but overpriced and small. Tiny museum and the entry fee at 25000 was abit on the steep side. However very interesting and informative on the local tribes throughout south east Asia. If you on a budget dont go... just google tribes of Laos. If your not on a budget go in and have a wonder for half an hour.
  • Great museum well prepared for children so they can do their own discovery plus later dress up while you can have oversweet coffee

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