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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
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Ranked #11 of 284 things to do in Hanoi
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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 April 21, 2013

This venue was really interesting and gave a terrific overview of the ethnic tribes of Vietnam. The outdoor houses exhibit is tremendous.

Thank CathJ2010
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The highlight of the museum are the traditional houses, though the main display area in the museum does a great job of providing insights into the many diverse people groups of Vietnam. Having lived in Cambodia for over 5 years, I appreciated the way that the museum did a great job of discussing cultural dynamics within SE Asia as a whole, and provided insights into the people groups that live within the region (i.e. both with Vietnam and Cambodia or Laos and Vietnam). Also, they had a water puppet show (only on weekends), which was a great way to see this show without having to go to a separate show (we were only in Hanoi a short time). Definitely recommended!

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We decided to visit the Museum of Ethnology, way out of the Old Quarter where we were staying, as it was an opportunity for our 4 year old to run around a bit in the tribal homes in the grounds. But what an unexpected treat the museum was! Not only were the houses totally authentic - each one built by tribal members who were invited to reconstruct the building at the site and featuring insights into tribal village life from around Northern Vietnam - but the indoor museum was superb.The circular building featured exhibits depicting life and skills from each tribe, several videos showing processes such as making and lacquering bamboo items, as well as costumes and textiles, cooking, festivals and children's toys. There is a small bookstand with some interesting titles, a museum shop selling beautifully crafted items at very good prices (cheaper and better quality than the tourist shops in the Old Quarter) and a good restaurant, which trains and employs young people recruited from deprived areas of the city. So sorry that my camera battery had given out earlier in the day! Well worth an afternoon of your stay.

Thank Ginnie O
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

I cannot understand why this museum is rated so highly. Admittedly there is a lot of information, but it is displayed in such a text heavy, old-fashioned way. The France/ Vietnam photo exhibit was badly lit, sometimes it was quite difficult to read the signs. Also I really didn't get the point of the exhibit. Videos are not labelled, so you have to watch for a while just to figure out what is going on. I visited several museums in Hanoi and enjoyed this one the least. If you are a backpacker or on a limited budget I don't think its worth the time or expense to get here. The Woman's museum covered a lot of the same information regarding different ethnic groups, agricultural practices, ways of life etc (albiet from a female perspective) in a more interesting, interactive and informative way- I'd recommend you go there instead.

Thank gillykin
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Whenever my foreign friends ask me about museum, I would answer this is my most favorite one. Located in the suburb of Hanoi, the museum is very large, consisting of two parts: indoor and outdoor.
Although the indoor area is a lil bit overwhelmed of information, the outdoor is just fantastic with buildings from the ethnic groups
Highly recommended to children, and to those who are interested in the various Vietnamese culture!

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