The Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

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    The Best Museum in Vietnam

    by bpacker Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    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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    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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    ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM - PART 1

    by balhannah Updated Mar 24, 2011

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    This Museum is one that I wanted to see, and it didn't disappoint! It had an excellent outdoor and indoor exhibition centre, showcasing the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam, their clothes and their tools, their homes as well, etc.

    You can also watch videos if you wish,[I didn't!]

    Outdoors, you will see dwellings that are either preserved in their original state or being remade. I was able to walk into all the different homes, these included the Tay stilt house, Yao House on half stilts and half earth, the Hanhi house made out of beaten walls, Giarai Tomb, Se dang Communal house to name a few. The interiors of the house feature the living and dining areas.
    Walk around and have a look around and inside the homes and Tombs.

    I watched the WATER PUPPET SHOW which cost an additional cost of 20,000dong.

    I always like these types of Museum's!

    ADMISSION IN 2011 is 25,000 Dong
    EXTRA CHARGE OF 50,000 Dong for Camera and 50,000 Video
    OPEN 8.30 - 5.30pm Closed Mondays and Vietnam New Year

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Museum of Ethnology

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 2, 2013

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    The Museum of Ethnology is a great museum, and If you only are going to visit one museum in Hanoi this is the one…! The museum covers the culture of the various ethnic groups in Vietnam and consists of an indoor exhibition and a huge open-air exhibition.

    The indoor section has exhibitions of clothes, agricultural tools, fishing instruments, musical instruments, and religious artefacts - belonging to the many ethnic groups of Vietnam. Outside the museum there is a huge open-air exhibition with several houses of ethnic groups: the Tay stilt house, the Bahnar communal house with an impressive height of 19 meters, the Ede longhouse, the Viet house, the Giarai Tomb, and more…

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    ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM - PART 5

    by balhannah Updated Mar 24, 2011

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    Not only does this Museum have an excellent outdoor display, the Indoors display is excellent as well.

    The Museum has a large collection on display of objects of daily use, like knives, baskets, mats, etc., used by the different 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

    It also has the clothing collection, agricultural tools, fishing instruments, musical instruments and jewellery belonging to the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam.
    Even artifacts related to various religious customs, rituals wedding and funeral ceremonies are kept at the Museum.

    This Museum covers a large area, and is very interesting, one I was glad that I got to visit and enjoy.

    OPEN 8.30 - 5.30PM DAILY
    ADMISSION in 2011.....25,000DONG
    EXTRA 50,000 EACH FOR CAMERA & VIDEO CAMERA

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    WATER PUPPET SHOW @ ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Mar 24, 2011

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    I was going to visit the Water Puppet show in Hanoi itself, only to find it was booked out for 2 days.

    I visited the Ethnology Museum, and to my surprise, they hold a Water Puppet show here. Well, I thought, I will pay the money and watch a show here instead!

    The water puppetry is performed in a outdoor pool of water with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and control the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanism hidden beneath the water surface. [You don't see them] The puppets are carved out of wood and often weigh up to 15 kg.
    A traditional Vietnamese orchestra sat beside the outdoor pool playing the music.
    After the performance, the puppeteers showed them selves to the audience.

    So, if you are like me, and want to see them, and the show is completely booked, maybe come here.

    The Museum is excellent, and for an extra 25,000 dong, you can see a Water Puppet show.

    Performances at 10, 11:30, 2:30 and 4pm
    Cost in 2011.....25,000 dong (adults)....3,000 dong (children)

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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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    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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    Giving context to observations

    by SPW Written Aug 5, 2003

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    The Museum of Ethnology, a taxi ride deep into the suburbs, was an excellent presentation of the ethnic complexity of Vietnam. We visited afterhaving seen some of the people and villages of the mountain tribe people of the north and found what we had seen put into a wider context. There were excellent audio-visual presentations which, fortunately for us were in English, as well as models, maps, artifacts and descriptive panels.
    The snack bar was basic but the people running it were friendly. Unfortunately the craftshop was shut when we visited, asit appeared to have arange of products for sale.

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    Ethnology Museum

    by guell Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Reproduction of a Rong House - Ethnology Museum

    The Ethnology Museum is a great place to learn about the 54 different ethnic cultures of Vietnam. You'll see examples of traditional clothing and architecture.

    I loved the full scale reproductions of the different house styles.

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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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    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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