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Museum of Trade Ceramics, Hoi An

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Learn about Hoi An’s rich industrial heritage and its vital trading port at Museum of Trade Ceramics, an archeological museum showcasing 430 ceramic artifacts detailing the history of the trade in the region. Housed in a restored traditional timber pavilion, the museum houses a collection of pottery dating from the 7th to the 18th century. Ties with China, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan are well documented and model boats and maps explain the trading routes and influences. Early Chinese pottery from Tang period, a great collection of Vietnamese 15th ceramics as well as items rescued from a 1733 ship wreckage are here accompanied by 8th century pieces from the Middle East. Add Museum of Trade Ceramics to your Hoi An travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hoi An travel itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Hoi An

While Hoi An offers a good selection of sleeping options in all price categories, only a few of them lie in the old town, probably the city's most popular tourist area. To stay near this historic neighborhood, look for hotels in the surrounding streets, especially Ba Trieu and Hai Ba Trung. If you can, look for rooms in the evening, when many budget hotels try to fill up by offering deep discounts. For the best choices and bargains, reserve as early as possible.
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  • Interesting only for true fans of ceramics, this is a rather modest museum, and certainly not very interesting for casual visitors. The house itself is more interesting than the museum itself. Allow 3...  more »
  • This museum looks small and modest from the outside but we enjoyed it very much. The information and displays were very good about Hoi An's seaport history and ceramics tradition. There is a running v...  more »
  • The building is very impressive and well worth a visit. Ceramics quite interesting. Bonus I found was great photo opportunities from the upstsirs balcony of the beautiful ancient town.  more »
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  • Restored building that provides insight into the life of Hoi An merchants, and to the ceramic trade so important to the city in years gone by. The entrance fee is included in the ticket needed to enter the city. This and other managed old buildings, provide a welcome relief to the tourist-focussed commercialism of the old city.
  • The museum itself is not really interessting, but the house is quite pretty with a nice balkony.
  • The ceramics portion of this is interesting from a historical perspective. The information provided gives a good idea of Hoi An as a bustling port town in the 14th-17th centuries. As a bonus though the museum is housed in an early 20th century house which you can explore. While not the most visually stunning it's nice to see a portion of normal life from this time period.
  • Pristine example of the old style house-back shop-front configuration. I sat down in the central courtyard and soaked up the vibe, it really calmed me. Read about the 'yin yang' roof tiles in the back yard, then head up to the first floor balcony to look out at the roofscape and appreciate the tiled uniformity. It's beautiful. Watching the street scene unfold below is good flaneurie, too.
  • Dark-ish. Nice air well. Recommended to go when sun still up. Open till 9 pm.