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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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address icon 6th FL., Oriental Tower, 324 Tay Son, Đống Đa, Hanoi

phone number icon (+84) (0)243564 3165

Hanoi, the political capital of Vietnam, is located in the Red River Delta and is also an important cultural centre with many aspiring young artists making the city into one of the most visually appealing places in Vietnam! The city is an eclectic mixture of colonial Parisian grandeur and time...

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August 12th, 2016 at 10:01 am

It is such an amazing time seeing this museum, tons of ethnics of the viet people. Now it has opened a new wing with more artifacts, textiles for showing, ancient houses ... and parted as one of the main ASEAN museums.

Also don't miss the Helio Coffee above after the museum. It is amazing as well. Vietnamese traditional coffee works wonder.

July 18th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Don't miss this museum while you are in Hanoi! It's well worth the trek away from town, thankfully made easier by the number 14 bus, which runs from the top of Hoan Kiem Lake. Get off at the first stop on Hoang Quoc Viet and its around a 5 minute walk from there.

It's a toss up between here and the Army Museum for the Best Museum in Hanoi. Both are an overload of interesting information and exhibitions. I pick here.

It would be wise to dedicate a whole day to this museum, or at least a full afternoon, with a break at the onsite 'Baguette and Chocolate' cafe for brain-recharging.
It's also possible to catch a free Water Puppet show behind the main building amongst the reconstructed houses. I stumbled across it by accident, as it isnt well advertised, but useful to know if your time is tight in Hanoi.

The information in the museum, on the 54 tribes that make up the ethnography of Vietnam, is well-presented and very very interesting. Not only is it a great prelude to those travelling on to SaPa or Mai Chau, but it is also giving a taste of tribal culture in Vietnam, to those who perhaps havent got time to see the real thing.

The reconstructed tribal dwellings outside really bring the information to life, and are a big plus point, especially for families. There's also a temporary exhibition space inside, which is great to know, so I dont get bored with repeat visits!

I'm always pleased to see the museum popular with Vietnamse visitors, who seem as interested to learn about their heritage and culture as we are.

And why wouldnt they. When its as well-presented and fascinating as at this museum. Top Marks!

March 29th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’ve been to quite a few of the museums around town with my charges over the years, and out of all of them, I would have to say this is by far my favourite. It is nice to see some bigger stretches of grass, especially since you’re allowed to walk on them.

At certain times (I can’t remember if it’s the first or last week of the month) they also put on a water puppet show, which is included in the price of the ticket. To me, this is a much better option than going to the theatre to see it, as it is outside in a nice garden setting. Plus, if you get bored of it, you can wander off and go look at the rest of the exhibits. By memory the show is normally around lunch time, and we normally laze around in the sun sitting on the grass to eat. You can bring something with you, or buy from the cafe on grounds, Baguette & Chocolat which is run to support disadvantaged kids. But since I’ve normally had my screaming horde in tow, we’ve brought our own stuff, so I can’t really comment on their food.

The museum also occasionally has special events running, so if your visit coincides with one of these, its an even better visit. That’s not to downplay the permanent displays, as they are clearly labelled and set our well. There’s space for large tour groups to navigate easily, and there are a range of different sections - the traditional houses outside have always been the most popular with my kids.

Definitely a five star destination for adults and kids alike.

March 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I took my parents here when they visited recently and I think this has to be one of the best museums to visit in the city. When the weather is good you can easily spend a few hours wandering around the outdoor exhibits looking at the different ethnic housing.

The inside space also has some very interesting displays. And there is also an outdoor water puppet theatre that you can watch.

The cafe serves very nice cakes, but the staff need a little more training. I know that's why they are there, but a few more lessons before being thrown at the tourists would improve things a lot.

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March 6th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The Museum of Ethnology is my favorite museum in Ha Noi. The major focus of this museum is on the ethnic minorities of Vietnam. It does a great job of explaining pieces of these cultures with each display having an explanation in both Vietnamese and English. The vivid pictures artifacts that the museum displays really helps bring the ethnic groups to life. I was particularly impressed with the AIDs/HIV section also displayed in the museum. It does a good job of educating the viewer about the history of AIDs/HIV in Vietnam.
The outdoor displays are the highlights of the Museum of Ethnology. There are several authentic homes from different ethnic tribes built on the grounds. Each house is unique which makes them a lot of fun to explore.

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A museum the kids will actually enjoy, as long as you stick to the huge garden full of different types of traditional houses.