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“Nice house, a bunch of broken pots, and no caretaker!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Trade Ceramics

Museum of Trade Ceramics
80 Tran Phu St., Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ranked #55 of 109 things to do in Hoi An
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Owner description: Hoi An flourished from the 16th to 18th century largely due to its export of ceramics, the history of which is chronicled in this museum.
Bangkok
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“Nice house, a bunch of broken pots, and no caretaker!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This place is supposed to cost 10 000 dong but the museum caretaker is nowhere to be seen! The house itself is quite charming, but the displays consist of many cases filled with old and broken clay items from Hoi An's past. Unfortunately, it is less exciting than it sounds as the displays are poorly put together.

Visited April 2013
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“good collection of pottery”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

If this is your thing then the collection was quite big however the house itself was more intersting than the pottery for me personnally.

Visited April 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Bring a torch as the curator is absent (or nonexistant)”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Though there are the occasional nice pieces of ceramics its fairly easy to understand why the building itself comes off as so much more impressive then the ceramics it is supposed to house. In truth there is no labeling, no organization, and a real issue with the displays as often the basic broken kitchen ware gets front and central stage, while the ornate pieces are left languishing in the dark on the lower shelves.

In short, bring a torch with you, a sense of humour, and some aspirin for your back

Visited March 2013
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“Lovely building - lousy ceramics”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This should be re-named "architecture house" because on that score it is meaningful. As to the broken plates and vases of many generations I can probably open my own and it will be better. It is on the inclusive Hoi An tour so go for the building.

Visited March 2013
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“I love ceramics - did not think this very exciting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went here as I love ceramics - stuff is not very well displayed and poorly described - building is interesting, recommend if you are short on time to skip

Visited January 2013
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