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Lao National History Museum, Vientiane
(2.1/5 based on 380 reviews on the web)
Glimpse the country's turbulent past at Lao National History Museum, dedicated to the Laotian struggle for independence and plight under colonial rule. Situated in a French-era house that dates back to 1925, the museum features a slightly chaotic display of artifacts and photos, covering the history and culture of Laos from prehistoric to the modern times, with special emphasis on the 1970s revolution. Admire the ancient relics on the first floor, then go upstairs to learn about Laos' fight to end occupation and the establishment of communism. Make Lao National History Museum part of your personalized Vientiane itinerary using our Vientiane itinerary maker.
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  • Entry barely $1, signage often poor, but interesting trip thru Lao history from Plain of Jars Stone Age thru Soviet influenced post "U.S. Occupation". Museum, housed in former French Governor's reside...  more »
  • Outside the building is old and dilapidated lot. If the restoration is a beautiful building of Vientiane. Inside are all kinds of antiques, old history. What's important each tun stalling
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  • I don't think I've ever seen a museum like this! It was falling apart, dirty, the floor was unsafe in places, the translations to English on signs are dreadful, and the exhibits are mostly pretty awfu...  more »
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  • Not well maintained, but interesting. Perhaps half is dedicated to the older history of the country, the rest (from the secret war onward) seems more like a propaganda piece. Interesting diorama carved from a stump outside the building which you can view without having to pay admission.
  • All the information given would satisfy an elementary school student, but no one obove that age (at least the english partsof the information cards). Nevertheless it informs about all the decades and centurys that Laos went through, but many countrys have way better national museums
  • Army museum is closed weekends, so I came here instead. Alright for 30-60 mins and easily accessible
  • Quite poor museum. At the begining it's not that bad you can see exposition about ancient history and archeology but the information are quite poor or nonexisting. The second half of the museum is history of past 100 years and there the propaganda begins. Most of the exposition are just photos of war events, politics and their leaders and generals. Not really interesting and the information there are very bad or none. Last part is about current development and it's mostly just propaganda.. It's not worth the 10k to go there.
  • Needs maintenance and better quality of exhibits, befitting a national museum....but this place must not be missed