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“The revolutionary leader's expanders.”

Lao National History Museum
Ranked #15 of 78 things to do in Vientiane
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

The place is next to Lao Plaza Hotel. The first floor covers all of the pre-revolutionary Laos, but I can't say the exhibits are extensive. There's a Jar from the Jar field. There's a bit of stone age hand ax. But not much else. The second floor is dedicated to the revolutionary period, but it doesn't have a lot to show. So there's a desk where the leaders had their meetings. There's an expander (for physical excercize) of the revolutionary leader. Some items could be interesting, but there are so few of them. 20 minutes to see the whole exhibit. It's often closed without notice, so go there when you see it's open, but it's not a "must see" by any stretch of imagination.

Thank hiyori13
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

An "uneven" collection with a tad too many old photos. The building itself is lovely but desperately needs a makeover - and AC. The collection of ethnic minority costumes was good but the room it was in was so hot that I couldn't stay long. Only 10,000 kip admission fee.

1  Thank Retirada
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Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

The museum itself is not that informative, it shows the history of Laos but in a very old fashioned way, like a western museum 40 years ago. But to me that was actually the most interesting thing, seeing how they displayed their history. Walking through Vietiane you forget that you are in a poor country, this shows you the real Laos.

Thank LisanneDG
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Lao people have been through a pretty tough time, the museum is quite simple but does a good job providing an overview of their history

Thank Fred_Nerkos
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I love museums; I kind of liked this one. It held my attention for an hour or so, I probably learned something, and they had some interesting stuff. The artifacts could do with more English translations (many had no explanation at all.) It would be good if they could get (or would allow) a donor to help out with the design and presentation. (The French did a great job with the museum in Phnom Penh.)

There are better museums in SE Asia but (as far as I know) this is only one in town, and it's worth an hour or so and the price of admission.

Thank DonBong
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