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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  • The museum shows life as it was ( and still is in places). Lots of things to see and great building displays outside as well as shows.  more »
  • We were accompanied by a Spanish-speaking guide, so we turned out easier to understand the various ethnic groups and the difference between all of them. There are gardens with different types of constructions of these ethnic groups, but on rainy days it is difficult to see it well and accesses are filled with mud.
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  • The ethnology museum is very interesting and the most fantastic about it are the different traditional houses build 1:1 in the garden.  more »
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  • 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)
  • My family spent more than 2 hours here, on the inside exhibits alone. We were fascinated by the variety of cultures represented, and it was made extra special since one of our friends who was accompanying us, was Vietnamese, and could personally relate to many of the items in the exhibits. Worth a visit if your into museums and cultural artifacts.
  • 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!
  • Very useful museum explaining and documenting the different ethnicities of the Vietnam. Design quite dated on the interior, but has a nice garden of replicas of actual village homes. Worth a short 2 hour visit at most.
  • This is a beautiful museum that emphasizes the different traditions of the various ethic groups in Vietnam. At times the museum feels very repetitive, but in order to make it more interesting I encourage everyone to try one of the hands on crafts in the top floor of the museum. My favorite part is the outdoor traditional huts that you are able to walk into by using step ladders carved from planks of wood.

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