Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

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Discover the cultural and historic heritage of Vietnam's 54 different ethnic groups at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Designed as a museum and a research center, it opened to the public in 1997 and boasts more than 15,000 exhibition pieces. Learn about the symbolic and religious rituals and the traditional way of life of each group through household utensils, examples of tribal art, and full-scale replicas of traditional village homes. The exterior of the museum building is shaped like an ancient bronze drum--a cult object of the Northern Vietnamese Dong Son culture. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology by using our Hanoi online trip itinerary planner .
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  • After three weeks in the North of the country, we have well found in this museum the lifestyle of ethnic groups still living nowadays in such conditions. The France has participated in the financing of this Museum and found the intellectual circuit.
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  • Wow, such history. Our Asiatica guide Vu Xuan Thuan took us here and showed us through, explaining about the many minorities along the way. A must do for Hanoi visitors.  more »
  • We visited the museum and I really enjoyed it. It is very interested to see the different population in Vietnam and their way of life. On outside, you can discover the real house of these ethnics, it ...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum depicting something I was unaware of before, i.e. that there are so many different ethnic minorities in South East Asia. The outside exhibits were amazing, but time spent beforehand reading up on them inside the museum proper was time well spent. A casual visitor to Vietnam would be unlikely to see, meet, or come across most of the people's discussed. Most of them are hill tribe people and as I understand it, special visas are required to travel to these areas. So, I thoroughly recommend a visit to this establishment.
  • Nice and interesting museum. With also an open air part with traditional houses. Been there now been a second time. You learn more about the 52 ethnic diversity in Vietnam. Another part of the museum is about some Asian countries.
  • The outdoor indigenous housing was quite impressive. The indoor displays were okay, as it leaves the impression that they grew rice, went fishing, they made clothes and occasionally played music. We were sad that we missed the concert and that the water puppet show was finished for the day/season. A lot of humble utilitarian artifacts. Not much in the way of Vietnamese history. Sadly, Elephants of Vietnam display was closed. It was slightly distracting that outdoor village house area was under construction and a mess. The tour groups tend to do a hostile take over and hog the indoor displays. This would probably been more enjoyable without the tour groups. There is decent cafe on-site with indoor and outdoor seating. Quality gift shop. I think going earlier would have afforded this outing more enjoyment ( for reference 11am is when we arrived at museum)
  • Honestly, the Museum was both fun and educational, and I would recommend it to anyone in Hanoi, especially foreigners. It's only 40,000đ per adult (2USD) and you get access to two indoor museums and an outside exhibit with original houses that have been restored. It opened my eyes to Vietnam and the culture and history within the country.
  • This is a beautiful museum in Hanoi, probably because our tour guide took time to painstakingly explain to us the rich history of the aboriginal tribes. Learned so much from this place including the different types of houses, shamans, traditions, burial/marriage traditions. We saw the traditional clothes, demography, geography of the country. Outside the museum, there are also life-size houses you can go in. Worth-it!

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