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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. Use our Hanoi holiday planner to add Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and other attractions to your Hanoi vacation plans.
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  • This place brings my children so much knowledge about Vietnam, and we can know how many people groups this country, we love this place  more »
  • This museum is quite large and to see everything you should plan for half a day. The highlight for me was visiting the various different types of houses on display used by tribes from different parts ...  more »
  • See how the different ethnic groups live along with the types of houses and building techniques they employ.  more »
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  • The museum of Ethnology is a great place to learn and understand the complexity of a country with so many ethnic groups. As you walk through the building, you are shown the particularities of each group and how they live. It is well designed - even though at the end, it's hard for a non-initiated to remember everything. We also had a great pleasure to visit the outside, where you can see multiple full-size houses and enjoy a great lunch. Congratulations to the museum staff!
  • Best museum I visited in Hanoi. Lots of interesting and well-presented information about ethnic groups in Vietnam - mostly clothes, homes, and daily use items for agriculture, cooking, etc. The outside area is great, with reconstructed homes from a handful of minorities. Some are incredibly impressive. At under $2 USD it is worth a visit before and after heading to minority areas. There is also a nice cafe that trains disadvantage youth in hospitality, and a theater with water puppet performances. The only downsides are it could use even more signage, and some areas are poorly maintained and without enough lighting.
  • Nice anthropological exhibition in the main building and just amazing all-asian artifacts in the red building - real treasures from arms to embroidery, well presented and organized. Just incredible for the price of 40k vnd. However I wish the whole place had better navigation and exhibits had more information under it (e.g. dates).
  • It's a niche interest. I can see how an anthropology enthusiast would have much to gain from this place. A layman will still find it interesting, but the rhetoric that one plays in their head when browsing museums will be more subdued. Building was cooler than the 42 Celcius outside.
  • Great museum, very informative. So much information about Vietnamese minorities, cultures and rites. There are signs but even without reading all of them you can get a decent grasp of what life must've been like in VN in the past. Great exhibits and i love the park around the museum building where they have traditional Vietnamese houses with high roof and on stilts.