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"Beautiful Asian museum!" Top 5 Page for this destination Museum of Ethnology Tip by kokoryko

Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi: 43 reviews and 119 photos

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It is probably one of the best ethnological museums I had the luck to visit; people of Vietnam, their traditions, their beliefs, their differences, how they lived (and still live), the diversity of cultures, it is all here displayed, explained, in a modern building set in a beautiful park.
There are an outdoor museum, showing mainly traditional houses, furniture, household in the houses, some ritual artefacts, and an indoor museum where most of Vietnamese ethnological groups are represented, by examples of tools, clothes, ritual artefacts, household, jewellery,. . . . The way of displaying is modern and lively, with many video displays, photographs, dioramas. Amazing is the diversity of people on such a territory like Vietnam, and the ethnic minorities are here well represented; I guess a visit here is a real introduction to Vietnam if planning a longer stay in the country.
The museum, designed by Vietnamese and French architects, has officially opened in 1997; there are about 15000 artefacts, 40000 photographs, thousands of slides, films, video and audio tapes, a very rich museum where the contribution of the former colonialist (not the neo colonialist whose contribution was napalm and defoliants) was essential. When I visited, there was a temporary exhibition about the research of Georges Condominas, a pioneer of Vietnamese ethnology, example of cooperation of Vietnam and the former colonialist.
Here are a few pictures as an introduction to this museum.

Entrance: 20.000 Dong

8:30 am to 17:30 pm, closed Mondays

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen street,
Directions: Ciau Gay district, west of centre, 15-20 mn drive, all taxi know.
Phone: (84-4) 7562193

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 19, 2008
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