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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  • The exhibits provide a thorough and intimate view into the traditions and culture of the Lao people. Displays were thoughtfully arranged and interactive. I loved the music section in particular where....  more
    The exhibits provide a thorough and intimate view into the traditions and culture of the Lao people. Displays were thoughtfully arranged and interactive. I loved the music section in particular where....  more »
  • A small but informative museum on tribal Life and music. Gives a nice look at the differences of peoples in Laos and their traditions. For the size very well done. 
    A small but informative museum on tribal Life and music. Gives a nice look at the differences of peoples in Laos and their traditions. For the size very well done.  more »
  • This little museum is quite interesting and shows how the different tribal groups go (or went) about their lives. There is quite a comprehensive display of Shamanistic and Animist practice and quite.....  more
    This little museum is quite interesting and shows how the different tribal groups go (or went) about their lives. There is quite a comprehensive display of Shamanistic and Animist practice and quite.....  more »
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  • Located in Khamyoung village, the way to go just beside Dara Market. Preserving Cultural Diversity in Laos. Opened in 2007 in a historic house at the foot of Phousy Hill, the museum at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) presents engaging exhibitions and special projects that offer a rare and fascinating insight into the diversity and richness of Laos ethnic cultures. From the perspectives of ethnic minority women, this exhibition shares the lives of women in Laos today. With photographs, documentary videos, and objects the exhibition explores themes of work, family, health, heritage and handicrafts as recorded by girls and women in Northern Laos. Over a two year period as part of the Stitching Our Stories (SOS) project, young women from Hmong and Tai Lue communities in Luang Prabang learned to use digital media to record and reflect upon their lives in a rapidly changing Laos. From this collection of photographs, video clips, and interviews, TAEC and the international arts programme, PhotoForward, developed the Caregivers to Culture Keepers exhibition. Community Researchers were integral in framing the exhibition themes, and along with the SOS participants provided the content for the exhibition. Seven short videos present interviews with women in the Hmong and Tai Lue communities on varied topics including a Hmong medicine woman, early childcare in Laos, Hmong batik, Tai Lue weaving, Shamans, and Hmong embroidery, A part of the exhibition, the videos provide a more in-depth look into the lives of women in Laos today. Permanent Exhibitions Two rooms of displays showcase the Akha, Hmong, Tai Lue, and Kmhmu people in Laos and feature traditional handmade clothing and textiles, jewellery, handicraft and household tools, reconstructions of domestic scenes, and religious artefacts. All exhibitions are presented in Lao and English. Translations are available in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Collection, Library and Research TAEC maintains a collection of ethnic minority artefacts and a small library on the ethnic groups of Laos. Special projects of TAEC contribute to a growing body of documentation about the diverse cultures found in Laos and include books, short videos, and exhibitions. Open daily 09:00am – 18:00pm From: Tuesday to Sunday (Close on Monday) Tickets: 25.000k/person (under age of 12 years old free entrance)
  • Very interesting. Displays are out together to a very high standard. A very cute shop attached to the museum.
  • Exceptional and real! Unlike the many fake places trying to lure tourists, this is a non profit that really goes the extra mile in supporting and preserving traditional ethnic knowledge and skills. They have a very interesting museum, a shop with goods really made by the tribal groups, they also hold seminars and employ and train local people. I attended some lectures, was impressed with the professionalism. Places like this deserve support!
  • Do not miss this! What an excellent museum with a affordable admission fee of 25,000 kip - I truly enjoyed learning about the traditions of Laos' key ethnic groups through both the permanent exhibition and the ongoing special exhibition "Voices of the Wind". I found them both to be well-researched and well-curated despite the space constraints, and only wish there was a way to access the information online for future reference. The boutique in the museum is worth a visit as well. There is also a small interactive area for children.
  • An exceptionally fine, if small, museum providing an overview of Laos’ rich ethnic mix of cultures. For those interested in full instruments and music, as well as weaving and bakery the information provided is very complete and fascinating. There are numerous interactive displays and opportunities for hands on participation. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a more in depth insight into Lao culture than that provided than most touristic tours.

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