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 »
  • 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 »
  • The museum itself was nice and informative but I felt that the admission fee of 25K was a bit high for the size of this museum. That said, you could learn about the different minorities that dominate Laos, and this museum focuses on a few of them and showcases their culture. Would recommend this place to anyone who's interested in culture.
  • Absolutely worth a visit! One of the only places I would describe as a museum in Laos, and very interesting and informative at that. While it isn't very large, it is still gives more information on the culture of Laos than pretty much anywhere else we went. They also have a gift shop with hand made items, which is also worth a visit. Highly recommend.
  • This is a wee gem of a museum and really worth visiting. For an entrance fee of only 20000 kip (about €2) you will be treated to a colourful and informative display of the clothing, language and culture of the various ethnic groups in Laos. There are some great audio snippets too and the exhibition of traditional instruments is well worth checking out The centre also runs workshops in embroidery and basket making at a very reasonable price of $12 for a half day workshop
  • Entrance 25000kat (could be cheaper) I enjoyed the place as it has collection of facts about local people. The entertainment includes music which you can hear via provided headphones and some things to play with and think about changing of our world. Great work of curator You can also visit some workshops Shop could be better though, plus would be great to have a place for coffee there Also there is useful information how to understand quality of handmade and fabric things in the shops here
  • I found this to be a truly delightful museum. It's small, but you can tell that all of the exhibits and information were chosen with care. The staff are friendly and the displays have nice interactive aspects such as audio recordings. The museum shop is full of beautiful stuff that is all fair trade. Nice to see a museum combining its mission to preserve culture and support these groups by working with them to create beautiful products. I bought the gorgeous Lanten pouch and now that I'm home I regret not buying more of their products!

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