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Lao National History Museum, Vientiane

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History Museum Museum
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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  • Covers a bit of everything from Lao natural history to the colonial war. The building itself is a (retrofitted and expanded) governor's mansion. The bad news is that the interior is no longer a showpi...  more »
  • If you have some spare time, which you may do in Vientiane if you stay for more than 2 days, and you are looking to kill some time. This museum is in pretty bad shape and was swelteringly hot. The dis...  more »
  • Honestly the weirdest museum I've ever visited. It covers everything from the dinosaurs to modern day Laos in one long exhibition. The majority of the museum is just pictures without dates or any real...  more »
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  • The collection was fascinating, but poorly explained and badly maintained. It's sad to see such incredible artefacts in such a state of neglect - I can imagine most other governments putting these things behind glass cases, in climate-controlled environments. I hope they can get more funding to better present their magnificent history.
  • The collection they have in the museum is really interesting in the most of it. But the way they exhibit the items looks more like a high school presentation:) Way too much space dedicated to the revolution. Still worthy to go.
  • Great price at 10000 kip. Has some interesting dinosaur bones. Also some cool artifacts from the history of Laos.
  • This is a really interesting museum. It hasn't been updated much since Laos opened up to the rest of the world. It's amazing to see the USA branded boldly as the "American Imperialists", but that's the reality of the situation! You can get through the whole exhibit in a little over an hour. Some amazing photographs from the Lao perspective.
  • There is not many museums in Laos and this one seems to be the best. Do not raise your expectations to high not to be discouraged. It has nice display on prehistoric times and the post 10th century history. The top floor might be all skipped as it is mainly about Lao Comunist Revolution. All in all it is mediocre but still best in Laos.