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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
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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.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you can't make it to a place like Sapa to see the ethnic minorities, then this museum is essential viewing for a better understanding of Vietnam's people. Beutifully presented and fun for children.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The museum itself is very interesting with detailed information about Vietnam's various ethnic groups. Located on the museum grounds are numerous replicas of traditional houses which are very authentic and interesting. In some cases the actual tribes people from the village were brought in to help construct the house thereby achieving a more authentic feel.

Thank M3K_C
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Unlike many museums in the West that cover the field of Ethnology in a broad multiethnic range, this museum is devoted exclusively to the ethnic groups of Vietnam, but as there are no fewer than 54 of them, this allows for a very large exhibit, beautifully displayed on two floors of a lovely modern building. Essentially, one walks around in circles, and the signage could be improved to provide a more logical route than that offered by mere chance. While there is an inevitable overlap between the material representing each tribe, the range of variation is really quite surprising, and it is astonishing that they can maintain their individual identities right up to the present day. You will see the history of each tribe displayed through plaques and captions and an array of highly effective photos and illustrative paintings.These are supplemented by actual exhibits of their dwellings, implements, crafts, birth and burial customs, cooking and food habits, dress and costumes, crops, crafts, and mode of transportation. It is as exciting and educational an experience as I have ever had in any museum anywhere.

This is no place to cut corners. Take your time, and remember to leave at least an hour for the other attractions: the large open-air reconstruction of full-scale dwellings, communal centers, schools, and places of worship of selected tribes; the excellent restaurant and cafeteria; and the gift shop that offers a staggering array of items way above the quality of the trinkets available elsewhere and at better prices. After all, there is not all that much in the way of culture in Hanoi that can compete with this jewel in the national crown.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is one of the most interesting museum in Hanoi. It is where you can have a full image of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Each group contains different characteristic to be distinguished with others. I'm really impressed with the variety of culture in Vietnam. besides, on some special occasions there are many traditional games held there for visitors to try. You can enjoy how ethnic people life.

Thank birgit1123
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Short of going to the Minority Villages, this museum gives a good view of the life styles, culture, textiles of these peoples. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank AkDenizK
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