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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Nguyen Van Huyen road, Cau Giay district | Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3756 2193
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Ranked #3 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) is a unit under the Vietnam Academy...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) is a unit under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. VME is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation's different ethnic groups.
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Hue, Vietnam
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

I recently made a second trip to this museum. I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time but did not have time then to walk around the typical traditional houses on display in the grounds of the museum. This time I did the lot. The ethnic minorities are gradually being overwhelmed by modernity and the rapid pace of change affects them... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

Great outdoor display of the different tribal homes. We were shown around by a young student guide from Hanoikids and was pleasantly surprised by how much she shows and shared with us... with the displays providing evidence and samples of how things were done by the "tribes". Recommend to leave at least 3 hours to visit the external exhibits, then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Although the explanation boards in the museum are somewhat biased - alike other Vietnamese museums, the outdoor display is good fun. This is especially if you don't have the time to go to other parts of Vietnam to see the ethnic minorities. Also, I love the Baguettes and Chocolate cafe in the Museum - try their yummy chocolate tarts!

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South Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

We spent half a day here with our 3 young kids and they had a good time exploring all the model houses and trying out the games in the grounds. The water puppet theatre was boring but there was plenty of other things to keep 3 kids amused for a couple of hours.

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

We spent a pleasant three hours here with a tour guide from HanoiKids. We were traveling with a two year old who had his fill after only touring the expansive grounds and reproduction houses, so we didn't even get to see inside the museum, but we had such a fun time outside, the rest of the museum will be on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

This is the first time i came to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. I can see a lot of different culture in the same country. How they where, how they live and how they working. How they do their traditional cloth, hat, working equipment ... etc. A lot of black and white picture and a lot of video about the daily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

This museum is set up to help the local people and tourists alike understand and appreciate the over 50 different minority tribes in Vietnam - each with their own culture, language, and style. It is very interesting, and provides lots of information in English so you can really learn about these interesting people, most of whom live in Northern Vietnam.... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2007

I just saw the new exhibit on George Condominas's anthropological study of the highlands ethnic group Mnong at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. It just opened on December 11, 2007, and was really well done. A great compilation of artifacts he collected, photos, and excerpts from his fieldwork journal. The permanent exhibit was laid out in an interesting way too.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

Very informative--and especially useful to visit prior to a trip to Sapa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2005

Vietnam's Museum of Ethnography is all that a museum should be. It has informative exhibits, information in several languages, and can be viewed in approximately two hours. The museum focuses on the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam and explains each of them separately. Be sure to stop for the videos--most of them display the death rites of many of the... More 

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