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“No camera and no postcards sucks” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Lao National History Museum

Lao National History Museum
Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos, Vientiane, Laos
212124601
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Ranked #16 of 28 Attractions in Vientiane
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Hobart, Australia
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“No camera and no postcards sucks”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Some cool old guns to take down the 'imperialist US' were interesting, as were the jars, but a bit lacking in information in English and quality in model craftsmanship. The gift shop was very disappointing by European standards with no postcards, posters etc of the contents of the museum. There was, however, a sign saying that they were working on improving the museum.

Visited January 2013
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“Worthwhile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The National Museum was better than I expected. The prehistory section on the ground floor was especially excellent, with well-written and extensive English labels and other signage. Their Dong Son bronze drums were as impressive as any I've ever seen. The upstairs section on the Lane Xang era was also worthwhile. The sections on the colonial and modern era suffered by comparison, being mostly composed of a multitude of photographs with minimal labeling and little narrative signage. Overall, well worth the 10,000 kip admission fee for foreigners.

Visited January 2013
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Westcliffe
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Considering what is on display, l wasn't surprised to find a great emphasis placed on the 'great yankee imperial aggression' period during the Vietnam War. Display rooms were dark, dingy, & poorly lit. Interesting opportunity to see that period in their history from their Communist eyes.

Visited February 2012
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“Surprisingly informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Despite typos and an agenda, a pleasant "time-warp" visit, to be combined with National Cultural Hall across the street. When we visited, it was an interesting juxtaposition of the the Lao Music Awards and a North Korea book exhibition!

Visited December 2012
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“The revolutionary leader's expanders.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The place is next to Lao Plaza Hotel. The first floor covers all of the pre-revolutionary Laos, but I can't say the exhibits are extensive. There's a Jar from the Jar field. There's a bit of stone age hand ax. But not much else. The second floor is dedicated to the revolutionary period, but it doesn't have a lot to show. So there's a desk where the leaders had their meetings. There's an expander (for physical excercize) of the revolutionary leader. Some items could be interesting, but there are so few of them. 20 minutes to see the whole exhibit. It's often closed without notice, so go there when you see it's open, but it's not a "must see" by any stretch of imagination.

Visited December 2012
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