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“Do not expect a world class museum” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lao National History Museum

Lao National History Museum
Ranked #17 of 70 things to do in Vientiane
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Australia
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Do not expect a world class museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This isn't the most engaging or informative museum I've visited, but I felt it was still worth a visit. It is modest. There's a decent collection of paraphernalia (including a jar from the Plain of Jars that visitors seem to use as a wishing well or sorts...). There's brief signage in both English and French, though it is inconsistent. The translations are often quite basic, many only stating what an item is without really explaining its significance. Some of the items are not labelled, so have fun trying to think up the story behind them. I paid 10,000 kip to visit and was there for about an hour.

Visited November 2012
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Rajastan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Boring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

I love museums but this was a disappointment. You only need about 3 minutes to see everything. I liked that is was close to everything

Visited November 2012
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Niteroi, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

For me this was a waste of time and money.
It's cheap but the museum it's boring and displays get you even more bored. I do not recommend.

Visited October 2012
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Savannakhet, Laos
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to gain some perspective”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

This museum, whilst not much on the owrld stage, is a real eye opener. It certainly tells you a fair amount about the history of Laos (mostly about the Vietnam war) but also shows you the culture of modern day Laos. They have a huge building, but not much to put in it. Hopefully the governemnt will help them by spending more and preserving the cultural history as well as telling about the atrocities of the war.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Decent effort, but needs an overhaul”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This museum is looking pretty tired around the edges and not too sparky in the middle either. Nonetheless, it's not a bad introduction to Laos and contains some interesting exhibits, particularly the photos from the years leading up to 1975.

What it could do with - and what you would like to think would not take too much effort - are some English / French captions on the exhibits. There are a few of these and, of course, where they are present they help a lot. Half an hour to wander around will be enough for most people.

Visited October 2012
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