The Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

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    Visit inside the museum building

    by kokoryko Written Jan 19, 2008

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    Be prepared to spend at least one afternoon to have only a very small introduction to Vietnamese cultural diversity! Most ethnic groups or areas are represented in the museum! This museum is a real work of cultural conservancy and the items displayed were saved during colonial days and the work was wonderfully pursued by the free Democratic Republic of Vietnam (no sarcasm, this time!) .
    The building and the rooms are very well lightened, items very well displayed; many explanatory boards give the visitor plenty of a bit scholar explanations, but retain what you like. Videos, dioramas. . . a modern museum.
    The pictures show how things are displayed, like the fish traps on the main picture, the ritual decotation, the weapons, the Cham cart. . . On the last picture is ethnologist Georges Condominas on field work (Picture from the museum website).

    Entrance: 20.000 Dong
    8:30 am to 17:30 pm, closed Mondays

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    A walk in the museum park and garden

    by kokoryko Written Jan 19, 2008

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    In the sun, in the shade of the trees, smelling the scents of flowers, walk in the park, and discover the habitat of some of the many ethnic groups of Vietnam; most displays are houses, and inside is furniture, household and even there are people practising traditional handcrafting. It looks a bit artificial, but remember, it is a museum! The houses in the park are mainly from ethnic minorities of Vietnam, most of them from the mountain areas of the North.
    There are 75 ethnic groups in Vietnam, belonging to eight main ethno linguistic groups:
    The majority: the Viet Muongs
    Thai group, Mon-Khmer group, Hmong Dao group, Kadai group, Austronesian group (relatives of Papu or Australian aborigines), Chinese Han group and Tibeto-Burmese group. Not all 75 groups are represented, but there are examples of diversity.
    One of the most impressive displays is the Bahnar communal house (previous tip), but many other deserve a visit; there is an incredible diversity in the minorities , and this diversity is displayed by the different architectural styles.
    I found the Jörai from Gia Lai grave (main picture), moving, with the naïve representation of people and souls (these are not zombies!) who escort the dead to his last resting place. . . . . .
    The Ede (Austraunesian) long house (picture 2) is quite impressive, and I imagine communities living in there; many artefacts are displayed in the houses, and the decoration inside (picture 3), is also very exotic (Ede long house);
    You can also look at handcrafting presentations, like here (picture 4), in the Kinh (Viet Muong) house. I show also a Hmong (Hmong Daohttp://www.hmongstudies.org/LearnaboutHmongwebsite.html) house (picture 5), a very tiny house, from an ethnic minority living in the northern mountains, suffering repression in Vietnam and Laos.

    Entrance: 20.000 Dong
    8:30 am to 17:30 pm, closed Mondays

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    Beautiful Asian museum!

    by kokoryko Written Jan 19, 2008

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    It is probably one of the best ethnological museums I had the luck to visit; people of Vietnam, their traditions, their beliefs, their differences, how they lived (and still live), the diversity of cultures, it is all here displayed, explained, in a modern building set in a beautiful park.
    There are an outdoor museum, showing mainly traditional houses, furniture, household in the houses, some ritual artefacts, and an indoor museum where most of Vietnamese ethnological groups are represented, by examples of tools, clothes, ritual artefacts, household, jewellery,. . . . The way of displaying is modern and lively, with many video displays, photographs, dioramas. Amazing is the diversity of people on such a territory like Vietnam, and the ethnic minorities are here well represented; I guess a visit here is a real introduction to Vietnam if planning a longer stay in the country.
    The museum, designed by Vietnamese and French architects, has officially opened in 1997; there are about 15000 artefacts, 40000 photographs, thousands of slides, films, video and audio tapes, a very rich museum where the contribution of the former colonialist (not the neo colonialist whose contribution was napalm and defoliants) was essential. When I visited, there was a temporary exhibition about the research of Georges Condominas, a pioneer of Vietnamese ethnology, example of cooperation of Vietnam and the former colonialist.
    Here are a few pictures as an introduction to this museum.

    Entrance: 20.000 Dong

    8:30 am to 17:30 pm, closed Mondays

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    Vietnam 54 minority Ethnic Group

    by fachd Updated Nov 24, 2007

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    Interesting museum to visit in Hanoi is Museum of Ethnology. It is a public museum. To enter it cost 20,000 VND. The museum is large in area. It has two parts outside and inside. They are information in English (not all) on the lives and cultures of fifty four different minority Ethnic groups that make up Vietnam.

    Inside they are window displays showing tools, clothing, weapons, and other artefacts and recreated home from different Vietnamese minority Ethnic groups.

    Outside they are different tribal houses on display. You can go inside and have a good look. I found very interesting the way each tribal house represented itself. The outside set up is very pleasant with footpath leads to tribal house. The area is surrounded by garden and trees.

    The Museum is located in a large open area on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District.

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    unmissable Museum of Ethnology

    by pinoygypsy Updated May 26, 2007

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    One of the best places I went to in Hanoi. I truly recommend this place. This museum is in an open area and will provide you an excellent glimpse of the different ethnic minorities of Vietnam. The ethnic houses are amazing and you'll quickly notice that each one is different from the other. It's very interesting! The museum also features arts, objects and rituals of Vietnam. Entry to the museum costs VDN20,000. It took me about 2-3 hours to go around the museum.

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    Understanding Vietnam

    by Brisvegaskid Updated Jan 3, 2007

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    The Museum of Ethnology is really worth a visit if you are interested in understanding the Vietnamese people. They are a collection of many many ethnic groups and their history of defending their independence as a nation, while preserving so much in these separate streams of ethnically diverse and rich culture - is pretty interesting. There's a lot of info on these tribal differences and on cultural aspects such as , traditional dress, weaving, conical hat making and funeral rituals.

    This Museum also provides a moving insight into the extreme hardship of the people in recent history and explains a lot about their resilience, ingenuity and enterprising capacity. This is a people who have suffered some terrible extremes and it's worth appreciating at least some of it, especially as it has been relatively recent (up to mid-70's).

    There are English translations so it's easy to follow.

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    Vietnamese?

    by yeikloen Written Dec 6, 2006
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    This is a very interesting museum to visit except getting here can be quite difficult. The last time I could not find this place, as the location on the Lonely Planey guidebook was totally wrong. I made it this time with a local map which I bought.

    This museum is very well especially the outdoor displays. There is also an open air water puppet stage and 12 others interesting tribe homes.

    Entrance is 40,000D and they charge about 50,000 dongs for the Camera. You can hide your camera in the bag and only take it out with you when you want to take photos, they do not really ask for a camera receipt.

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    Ethnology Insight!

    by Gillybob Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Circle of life

    A visit to this museum will give you a great overview of the various hill tribes of the country and greater region.

    Within the grounds are examples of the various housing styles built by the ethnic minorities of the region.

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    Learn about different ethnic groups

    by albaaust Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Bahnar communal house

    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is well worth a visit because of the amount of visual and tactile information provided on the various ethnic groups that make up the country of Vietnam. The displays particularly, the houses of the different ethnic groups can be entered and explored at your leisure.

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    Seeing Diverse Culture - All in 1

    by munapong Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Living Quarters

    If you have the time, it is worthwhile visiting the museum of ethnology. It gives u an overview of the different ethnic groups living in Vietnam. There is also open air "houses" of some of these ethnic groups.

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    Wondeful place to learn all tribes in Vietnam

    by SLLiew Written Aug 14, 2006

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    One of the many interesting displays

    This is a great museum showcasing the distribution and culture of all the major and minor tribes in Vietnam. There are many audio-video to bring to life many crafts and traditions.

    Outdoor, there is also a collection of traditional houses of the various tribes.

    I spent a fruitful half-day there.

    Opening 8:30am-5:30pm, close on Mondays.

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    Learn more about Vietnam's ethnic groups

    by myspices Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    Great place to know more about Vietnam's ethnic groups. Vietnam has a total of 54 ethnic groups belonging to 5 ethnolinguistic families. In this Museum of Ethnology, you will get to know the cultures of ethnic groups. Dwelling places, ritual dolls, instruments and equipments, costumes & garments are on display in this museum. There are also audios and visuals for visitors to learn about the cultures of the ethnic groups. Some ot fhe ethnic groups are :
    1) H'mong
    2) Muong
    3) Thai
    4) Tay
    5) Yao
    6) Hao
    7) Champ

    Next to the Museum, you will see some model houses of ethnic groups. The one with the wood figurines surrounding it, is actually a burial "house". The beautifully and artistically carved wooden figures denote the life cycle of the human beings. Next to it you wil see another house on stilts and has a huge roof patch. You can go up the house via the wooden ladders provided. Inside the house, you will be able to see the structure of the rooms, kitchen, living area.

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    My favourite museum in Hanoi

    by Minstrelette Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    Museum of Ethnology

    This museum really paints a great picture of the lives of the 54 ethnic groups. You can learn about their rituals (like funerals) and see their clothing and crafts. Outside, are the beautiful gardens with traditional housing styles. When I was there, I talked to some local children on a field trip. They were thrilled to practise their English and tell me more about their culture.

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    Museum of Ethnology

    by imstress Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Bahnar Communal house at Museum og Ethnology

    With indoor and open-air exhibits, reconstructions, photographs and video documentaries the Museum of Ethnology presents the lives of Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minorities, their artefacts, dress and music.

    A particular feature of the Museum is several full live size building typical of selected ethnic minority groups and traditional Vietnamese family house built in attractive gardens built by craftpeople from the villages themselves.

    Entrance fee is 20,000 VND.
    Opening hours from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Best Museum in Vietnam

    by bpacker Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    Shamanic Burial Display

    If I were you, I'll visit just one museum in Hanoi and forget about the rest. The Museum of Ethonology in Hanoi which exhibits the traditional cultures of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups is worth taking a look. Especially if you're interested in the different tribes in Vietnam and haven't got the time to visit every darn province. There are both indoor and outdoor displays but my favourite is the outdoor section which boasts an impressive display of different tribal houses and elaborate funery displays.


    Admission 10,000 VND (US66¢)

    How to get there:
    It's some 6km (3 3/4 miles) W of town so grab a cab.

    Opening Times:
    Tues-Sun 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm

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    Apr 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Museum of Ethnology:
    I think there are some information that you should know before getting there:
    - first, the ticket price has changed recently. And now it's 40,000 - 50,000 vnd.
    - second, there are a lot of intersting things outdoor, so don't just focus on the main house. Go out and enjoy the surrounding area.
    - last but not least, there are two most special occasions in this museum, namely Mid-autumn Festival in September(on 15th of August - Lunnar calendar, often held in 2-3 days ) and Tet holiday in around February (from 4 - 8th of January - Lunar calendar). During this time, many activities related to tradition are organized even in the evening. You can notice the suitable time to visit it.
    for more information, check this website: vme.org.vn/visitor_info_tick...

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