Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi - All You Need to Know
Vietnam Ethnology Museum in Hanoi (Bảo Tàng Dân Tộc Học Hà Nôi) offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam. This is to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country of Vietnam.
Visitors are welcomed to browse some of the vast research on offer at this public ethnology museum, which is also a centre for Vietnamese ethnographic research.
The museum of Vietnam Ethnology is packed with full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the ethnic groups in Vietnam. This is providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in the country of Vietnam. The exhibition room features everyday objects representing each group, a research centre, library and auditorium.
The outdoor display area is to exhibit a variety of Vietnamese traditional homes as full-scale replicas, varying architectural styles set within the authentic and peacful gardens. In addition, there are also leisure pursuits on display including traditional water puppet performance and calligraphy. The future aim of the museum is also to showcase the many cultural practices and civilisations across the region of Southeast Asia.
Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology Highlights in Hanoi:
Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media doccuments such as audiotapes. The indoor exhibition area can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Ethnic Groups of Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer. There are also antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Expect to see a wide range of interesting things on display at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology such as: traditonal clothes & jewellery, items relating to local weddings, funeral ceremonies and other spiritual rituals also exhibited across the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups offering an incomparable glimpse of their history, heritage and cultural identity.
The outdoor exhibition presents a range of traditional houses including a Tay wooden stilted house and a Viet (also known as Kinh) house complete with indigenous foliage, each separated by a small stream and reached via small bridges. One of the main features of the Ethnology museum is to present the artefacts in a simple manner so that tourists can enjoy them without being overwhelmed by detail. The museum is also suitable for children, and all of introduction and display signs throughout have been translated into French and English.
- Opening Hours: From 08:30 - 17:30 Tue to Sun, closed on Mondays
- Location: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi about 8km away from city centre
- Remarks: The museum also has wheelchair access with ramps throughout and lift for access to the second floor.
How to Get There and What is the Best Way to Visit?
The best way is to get a taxi to the museum which usually take about 20 minutes or alternatively take the number 14 Public Bus from Dinh Tien Hoang Street (just north of the Hoan Kiem Lake) to the Nghia Tan stop and walk two blocks to get to Musseum.
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