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“Less is more” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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
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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.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Less is more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A well-laid-out, modern museum that does not try to do too much. Inside some carefull-chosen exhibits covering the 53 ethnic groupings in Vietnam, with good tools, textiles and use of videos. Out back transported longhouses and other dwellings from around Vietnam, also a water puppet theatre that does brief shows. An excellent restaurant offering opportunities to disadvantaged youths. We spent 5 hours there and had a great time.

Visited February 2014
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“A must-see for visitors interested in the cultures of Vietnam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Carefully designed by ethnology/anthropology experts. Informative, reliable and interesting. A great place for children too, with an extensive garden. The restaurant inside is OK.

Visited February 2014
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“Excellent visit - give yourself Plenty time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

First tip, get a taxi there - long way out of the Old Town. Second tip - get there for the first free water puppet show at 10am - this one is a little quieter than the later shows. Third tip - enjoy! Great museum - particularly liked the houses which recreate traditional tribal houses. Great cafe as well which is run as a training school for disadvantaged kids.

Visited February 2014
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“Great insight into different cultural groups”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Very informative museum with good selection of exhibits and insightful, interesting information provided in good English. The collection of traditional houses outside were a particular highlight.

Visited October 2013
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“Authentic Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is an interesting and educational insight into the living traditions of the Vietnamese. It has many different displays and objects relating to craft making, arts and spiritual practices.

Visited January 2014
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