We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth the confusing trip out”

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
More Info
and up
Hanoi City Full-Day Tour
More Info
and up
Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Cyclo Ride
Ranked #10 of 280 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a unit under Vietnam Academy of Scocial Sciences. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 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. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum.
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth the confusing trip out”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Straight up - this place can be difficult to get to BUT once you're there, it's pretty amazing. Unlike other museum, zoo and aquarium efforts in Vietnam that need some developing, this joint project with France is very impressive. Inside, artefacts from Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups have been professionally curated and detailed descriptions are available in English, French and Vietnamese. Outside, real houses of the ethnic groups have been re-established on the grounds (be sure to check out the amazing Banar house) and, come at the right time, and you'll experience a water puppetry demonstration.

There is a French influenced cafe on-site that trains disadvantaged kids and serves up tasty Vietnamese dishes and cheesy baguettes for a decent price. The adjoining giftstore is also fantastic for set price items that are very reasonably priced; think AU$7 silk scarves, buffalo horn hair combs and salad servers that pay the producers a fair wage.

Visited January 2012
Thank AlyssaAnne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

5,126 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice layout and information”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Spacious layout and info of exhibits. Loved the houses exhibits outdoor but the water puppets show needs a better sound system

Visited June 2012
Thank SG_Liz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Much better than expected”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

The museum is in two sections. The main building houses the exhibitions and wall mounted information and the fairly extensive outside area contains copies of the houses that have been reconstructed of the various ethnic groups from around the Vietnam villages ( 10 No ).
Although I am not an avid museum visitor normally , I really enjoyed spending a couple of hours here but it was so hot outside that I had to step indoors a couple of times for the luxury of the air con.

Visited June 2012
Thank David L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A bit far from the centre but worth a visit”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

A very nice outdoor compound, with house types of various ethnic groups. I learned a lot there. It was a Sunday, and they had a water puppet performance. Good!

Visited July 2011
Thank Out_of_Saigon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cusco, Peru
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Drab from the outside but bursting with exhibits inside”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Exhibits here are really fascinating. The museum does an excellent job of laying out the various ethnic groups across Southeast Asia. It then displays their daily life, tools, and culture (beyond the stock pottery). Videos are sprinkled throughout and cover weddings, funerals, and more. Give yourself two hours for this small museum - you will need it. Also, the gift shop just outside is quite reasonable and stocks some good merchandise.

Visited March 2012
Thank Vinay R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Vietnam Museum of Ethnology also viewed


Been to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing