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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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. Use our Hanoi holiday planner to add Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and other attractions to your Hanoi vacation plans.
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  • 如果你是去SAPA觀光的話,強烈建議你先到這一家博物館參觀,讓你有一個比較好的根基,了解一下各色民族的不同服裝和來源,那麼當你到達SAPA的時候,就會更加容易理解各式民族的背景了。這裏的愛為還有一些保存得很好的山居民族各式各樣特色的房子,還有他們的墓碑的設計風格也很特別,爆你大開眼界。 
  • We are a family with 3 boys 8 and under and spent 3-4 hours here. We spent the majority of our time exploring the display houses in the outdoor area of the museum. Boys loved climbing the steep wooden...  read more »
  • The inside exhibition is not that interesting but seeing the traditional houses outside in the garden was amazing 
  • The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 3.27-acre (13,200 m2) property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center. It is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.[citation needed] The proposal for the museum was officially approved on 14 December 1987. Construction lasted from 1987 to 1995, and it was opened to the public on 12 November 1997. The exhibition building was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh, a member of the Tày ethnic group, in the shape of a Dong Son drum, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect Véronique Dollfus. Opening hours is 8:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Sunday
  • GREAT museum for your spare time! lots of cool things to do and see about the early vietnamese ancient people. Also great coffee next door!
  • If you're a first time traveler to Asia or you don't know anything about Asian history and culture this is a great place to start. There's lots of information about the people of SE Asia and many relics to see from around the region. If you like museums or history and have never been here then this is also a great place to visit. A lot of information to absorb and many things to look at. The facility is nice and it's only 40,000 dong to enter. If you have a few hours to spend head over and check it out. The number 38 bus will take you to the entrance gate from the old quarter for 7,000 dong. Enjoy.
  • This is the best run museum in Hanoi, though others are improving. Ten years ago, thus was just about the only museum anywhere close to an international standard. Like any decent museum, there is far too much to take in on a single visit. They do a decent job of balancing core, permanent exhibits with new rotating content. There are plant of reasons to return a couple of times a year if you're a Hanoi resident. A previous reviewer suggested that his having been in Asia "a few months already" was enough to leave the museum with nothing left to teach him. That is ludicrous. I've lived in Hanoi for more than a decade and visited the museum countless times. I learn more than I can truly process on every visit. This other reviewer must be one of those insufferable types who walks through staring at his phone the whole time. Don't be that guy. You can also use the museum grounds as a sort of park. You'll find many Vietnamese doing this. The grounds behind the main building with all the traditional structures is a very relaxing space where you can just kick back and unwind for a couple hours. Take a book or a camera and don't feel hurried. You'll find many others doing the same. Also, this place is not "outside the city" as some have suggested. It is outside the Old Quarter, but some travelers might actually enjoy getting out of the tourist ruts and seeing Hanoi as more than a way station between having their hands held on the way to Ha Long or Sapa. It's a big city, and the part this is in hasn't been "peripheral" in more than a decade. In fact, it is closer to the new city center than the Old Quarter is.
  • Fantastic experience especially after coming from Sa Pa. Very informative and has a lot of descriptions of what you are seeing in Vietnamese, English, and French. Didn't do a tour and I thought it was fine. Definitely one of the nicer museums I saw on my trip and having the houses that you could see in person was pretty cool.
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