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Lao National History Museum, Vientiane

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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2.1/5 based on 360+ 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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  • For history lovers and if you have 60 to 90 minutes to kill. The building itself is dated. No ac and even if there is fan it's still not enough. The shelves are very open so I understand why you have ...  read more »
  • It is a fairly complete Museum in which starts from prehistory to the present day. It is quite interesting to delve into the Laotian history (qie is usually quite unknown), the Museum has enough funds. The entrance is cheap, have to pay a small fee to get camera. The only downside is that the translations into English of the panels and photos are are very good, but good is understood well like. The best of Vientiane.
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  • My visit began poorly when the museum failed to open again after lunch at 1pm as advertised. However a security guard did eventually shuffle to open the front door but I almost had to apologise to the...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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.
  • No offense, but it's a very small place with very limited information from which you can learn. It's not a must see place in Vientiane, but if you don't know where to go, it might be OK to come see.
  • I'm rating this as a location to see and read interesting things, not as a museum. As a foreigner I found it incredibly surreal to see how a communist government describes and documents its history. Do yourself a favor and read the Wikipedia article on the Laotian Civil War before you go. Enjoy!
  • There's precious little information to untangle and explain the litany of sculptures and photographs sprinkled throughout the museum. I learned more from Wikipedia in the air conditioned cafe across the street...
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