Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen Str, Cau Giay Dist, Hanoi, VietnamGetting there
Bus: 7, 13, 14, 38, 39, 60Telephone
(+84-4) 3756 2193Email Fax
(+84-4) 3836 0351More information Prices
General admisstion: 40,000đ Indoor exhibition guided tour: In Vietnamese: 50,000 VND; In English/French: 100,000 VND Open-air exhibition guided tour: In Vietnamese: 50,000 VNDOpening hours
8.30am-5.30pm, only closed on Mondays every week and Lunar New Year.
Open from November 12, 1997, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a valuable center of cultural heritage preservation in tangible and intangible of various ethnic groups of Vietnam. The Museum keeps 29,000 artifacts, including about 25,000 artifacts of the ethnic groups of Vietnam, more than 2,000 artifacts of nations in Southeast Asia, and nearly 900 artifacts of other countries.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is divided into two zones: an indoor and an outdoor exhibition.
Indoor exhibition area introduces the highlight characteristics of 54 ethnic groups through artifacts and videotapes played continuously. Here, visitor can discover the unique culture of ethnic groups according to languages and geological topography. The first floor is dedicated for 4 ethnic groups in Vietnamese - Muong language group. The second floor space is used to keeps the artifacts commonly used in daily life activities of 50 ethnic groups with the highlight renewable part such as the house with turtle shell shape of the Thai Den people. Through this renewable part, visitors will understand more about the context and the life on material and spirit culture of other ethnic groups.
In particular, the indoor exhibition area has two room for children including room of discovering the audio and visual and room of recognizing motifs of the ethnic groups. Here, the children can learn how to weave and knit some materials as rattan, bamboo, etc. In addition, the museum also has several presentations by topic for specific age groups.
Outdoor exhibition area focused on introducing the the folk architecture of some ethnic groups and regions, such as the Highland communal houses of the villages in the Highland, the long house of the Ede people (where many generations living together and being a characteristic of matriarchy of the Ede people); or traditional house of the Cham people (very limited in current). Here, you can also explore the house made by soil of Hanhi people with 50 cm thick walls, which is very cool in summer and warm in the cold winter days. Differences in the life between upland region residents and delta region residents are clearly expressed through the house of the ancient Vietnamese people aged over 100 years, the house was roofed by po-mu wooden of the H 'Mong people or the house with soil half and floor half of the Dao Ho people.
One special thing is that all architectural works in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology always respecting the original. These houses were dismantled in where these had formed, and are brought to and recreated in museum by the people of that region.