Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

This place gathered effort of all 54 Vietnamese different ethnic groups in the national cultural heritage preservation and socio-cultural diversity promotion for expressing its insight. Moreover, at this museum, visitors will be browsed the major ethnographic research.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The traditional dance show in Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

That means you will be offered full of the detail information about the life of traditional Vietnamese, from the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups’ symbolic rituals to religious events especially this is considered as an impressive and expressive feature enriching our modern culture society today. In the exhibition hall, you are admired the daily items deputizing for a specific research centre, group, auditorium and library.

The outdoor exhibition displays full replicas of Vietnamese and Tay stilt houses with big scale. Each of them is separated by a small stream especially there are little bridges so that visitors pass one to one. The combination of different architectural styles created a big attention for visitors in its quiet garden.

Besides, the display of this place is used for the purpose of leisure such as traditional calligraphy and water puppet theatre. Therefore, introducing these cultural activities and civilizations all over Southeast Asia is the main future purpose of Vietnam Museum Ethnology.

The history

Directly under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, the construction and investment of Vietnam museum of ethnology in Hanoi are performed by the State so it is listed in the National Museum system in Vietnam.

This museum has many functions: research, collection, preservation and restoration of artifacts and documents about the people; organization of exhibiting and performing even other performance activities in order to introduce and educate about culture of Vietnamese peoples as well as other countries.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The formation process of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was promoted from the 80s (the 20th century) when the social-economic condition of the country was extremely difficult in the post-war period. On 24/10/1995, the Prime Minister issued Decision establishing Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

On 12/11/1997, on the occasion of summit of French-speaking nations was opened in Hanoi, this Museum celebrated the inauguration with the presence of Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh and Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic.

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located in a campus nearly 4-5 ha. in width including three following areas of the exhibition:

• First of all, the two-storey Trong Dong building exhibits items about Vietnamese ethnic groups. Open to the public from 13/11/1997.
• Next, the outdoor exhibition is known as an architecture garden about 2 hectares where was built from 1998 to 2006 introducing mainly 10 folk architecture of ten Vietnamese peoples.
• Finally, the four-storey Canh Dieu (the Kite) building was built in 6/2007 and opened the first gallery about the residents outside Vietnam in the end of 2013, firstly the peoples of Southeast Asia.

The highlights

There are more than 15,000 artefacts in this place consisting of images and audiotapes (multimedia). The inside space of exhibition is considered as a virtual tour due to visitors will be admired items expressing culture and features of different Vietnamese ethnic groups: Viet, Muong, San Dui, Tho, Mon-Khmer, Chut, Tang, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Cham, Ngai, Khmer, Nam – Dao and Hoa.

What is more, visitors can enjoy the museum’s priceless antiques and the daily items: pipes, baskets and knives on display. Specifically, the heritage, history and cultural identity of 54ethnic groups are expresses via jewellery, clothes and other items relating to funeral ceremonies, weddings and other spiritual rituals.

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In a word, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology suits to everyone in all ages from children to adults as well as both home and outside visitors thanks to documents and notes (display signs) translated into French and English.

What you will do

Discover the most spacious and modern Vietnamese Museum.

Enjoy this exhibition building’s architecture like a Dong Son drum’s shape which was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh.

Know about 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups’ cultural heritages.

Enjoy freely the 25 CD-ROMs, 15,000 artifacts, 42,000 photographs, 2,190 slides, 373 videotapes and 237 audiotapes.
Be guided by professional guide about all information of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Location: It is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, the Cau Giay district and distant the heart of city about 8km.

Remarks: to access the second floor, this Museum has also equipped wheelchair accessing with an elevator and ramps.

How to get there: The best way is to pick up taxi because it just takes you 20 minutes. Another choice is the number 14 minibus from the northern Hoang Kiem Lake (Dinh Tien Hoang street) to Ngai Tan stop, you will see it after walking 2 blocks.

Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30 excepting Mondays