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“Interesting . . . for a while”

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.
Perth, Australia
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“Interesting . . . for a while”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The outdoor exhibition is really interesting with traditional homes reconstructed and furnished as they would be seen in their original settings, but inside, we found ourselves overwhelmed (read: bored) by display after display of artifacts from various ethnic groups.

It may have also been that we were cutting it too close to lunch time!

I would definitely encourage a visit but perhaps a limited one, especially if you are traveling with children.

Visited April 2013
Thank RS108
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“Good way to learn about various tribes in Vietnam”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The museum documents the history of various tribes of Vietnam. The indoor portion focuses on the daily pastimes and history of the various Vietnamese tribes. The outdoor portion mainly exhibits the tribal residences. The museum invited the tribal folks to come down specially to reconstruct the houses.

There is also an outdoor water puppet show just by the Viet house. They have several shows per day, and last around half an hour each.

We stayed much longer than we initially planned for the fascinating exhibitions. A great learning experience for the young and old.

The museum is a little out of the way from the main tourist areas so take a cab (from a reputable company like Mai Linh or Hanoi Taxis) here.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney Australia
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“great place”
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.

Visited April 2013
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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“Great intro to Vietnam”
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!

Visited April 2013
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Unexpected gem”
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.

Visited April 2013
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