Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Built in 1987 and inaugurated in 1997 under design of Tay ethnic architect Ha Duc Linh and French woman architect Veronique Dollfus, Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology covers an area of over 4ha and includes three main exhibition areas: exhibition area in Trong Dong (Bronze Drum) Building, outdoor exhibition area and Southeast Asia exhibition area.

Location: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Ha Noi.
Characteristic: The museum stores documents and objects on everyday life, culture, customs of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam.

With an area of 2,500m², the exhibition area in Trong Dong Building is divided into 9 themes: general introduction, Viet-Muong group, Thai-Kadai group, Mong-Dao group, Han-Tang group, Mon-Khmer group, Nam Dao group, ethnic groups of Cham, Hoa, Khmer, and exchange and integration among the ethnic groups.

The outdoor exhibition area introduces typical architectural styles of ethnic groups of Viet Nam such as long house of Ede people, stilts house of Tay people, tile-roof house of Kinh people, grave house of Gia Rai people, communal house of Ba Na people…

The Southeast Asia exhibition area presents the culture panorama of ethnic groups in Southeast Asia according to 5 themes: textile, daily life, social life, performance arts and religions-beliefs.

With 15,000 objects, 42,000 color films and photos, 2,190 positive films, 273 cassettes, 373 videos and 25 CD-ROM, Viet Nam Museum of Ethnography is an attractive destination for domestic and foreign visitors to visit, research and experience culture of ethnic groups of Viet Nam. The museum often organizes the performances of crafts and folk culture types of ethnic groups of Viet Nam, Southeast Asia and other regions in the world.

According to TripAdvisor – one of the most prestigious tourism websites in the world, Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology ranked 4th in top 25 fascinating museums in Asia in 2014.

The museum is open from 8h30 to 17h30 all days (except Monday). The entrance fee is VND40,000/adult and VND10,000/child.

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Museum of Ethnology ranks high

The tourism website has ranked the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology as excellent. This is the second time the museum received this rating from the website.

To be recognised, tourist destinations need to be rated above four stars on a five-star scale based on reviews and votes posted on the website within the last 12 months.

The museum was cited among the most attractive tourist destinations in Hanoi for 2012.

This year, the museum received 500 votes of excellent, 357 votes of very good, was rated four and a half stars overall and ranked sixth in the list of 25 most attractive museums in Asia.

Visiting the museum, located on Nguyen Van Huyen street, Hanoi, tourists can learn about the history and diversified culture of the 54 ethnic groups of the country through indoor and outdoor exhibitions.
The museum attracts tourists thanks to rich collection of objects, photos, videos and documents, as well as the different types of model houses that represent how ethnic groups from all over Vietnam live. The museum receives about 60.000 visitors annually.

Museum Regulations
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  1. Do not carry weapons and substances that are flammable, explosive, or causing smoke when entering the Museum; Toxic substances such as acids, corrosives, oversized furniture and other dangerous items are also not allowed.
  2. Put luggage in prescribed places (cash and valuable items should be kept by their owners)
  3. Keep the Museum clean, put garbage in prescribed places
  4. No food or drinks are allowed to bring into the Museum
  5. No smoking
  6. No fuss
  7. Do not hold, touch, move and/or sit on objects
  8. Do not use the flash when taking photos in the galleries
  9. Organizing activities inside the Museum's spaces without the Museum's permission is not allowed
  10. Do not bring animals into the Museum
  11. Do not climb trees, breaking branches, picking flowers and/or fruits in the garden of the Museum
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