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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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  • We went here as part of a day tour of Hanoi. It was very sparsely set up and unless you have a real interest in culture and anthropology don't bother. We wandered around for 10 minutes and got really ...  more »
  • The Museum offers a presentation of dozens of ethnic groups that make up the population of the Viet Nam. A second building (almost desert!) presents the cultures of South-East Asia. Finally, and above all, the Park allows the visit of traditional habitats of the Viet Nam 15, it is spectacular.
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  • It is interesting to see some things, but nothing extraordinary. the distints houses/huts in the outer zone of the Museum may be worth the pensa.
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  • Good overview of the many ethnic groups that of southwest with English descriptions. There was a lot of school children making noise so putting on headphones with music was necessary to focus on the exhibits. Has authentic house recreations to walk into. Museum staff was not very friendly however and we didn't get to see any demonstrations. Also the AC was non existent in most buildings despite 37 degree weather. Fancy coffee shop in the grounds though...
  • I enjoyed the extensive collection of south east Asian art, and the descriptions were quite good. The staff could have been a little more helpful - the seemed inattentive and uninterested in the visitors and didn't offer any guides in English for the main building which contained information on the minority groups of Vietnam. The outdoor reproductions of traditional housing was amazing, however if you go after the show which depicts how the minorities live in these buildings, there is little context to go by. Also, kids are generally allowed to run wild through the exhibition so I recommend bringing earphones if you want to concentrate on the exhibitions.
  • Inside there's no air conditioning and in the second floor it's hard to stay long. Well done but old. Small video and headphones. Very nice the outdoor (to be visited)
  • This was absolutely my favorite museum in Vietnam. It was nearly empty when I was there, which might be because it's a bit out of the way from the other sites in Hanoi. There are two main buildings, one of which focuses on the history of the different ethnic groups that make up Vietnam, while the other building was a broader look at South East Asia (and to a lesser extent, the rest of the world). The exhibits are very well put together, and have long thoughtful descriptions in English and Vietnamese. There is a nice outdoor area, with a restaurant, garden space, and recreations of traditional housing.
  • 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