Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay District, about 8km from the center of Hanoi. The museum has great cultural value. You can easily get there by car, motorbike or taxi. For many visitors to Hanoi, the Museum of Ethnology in Vietnam is always on the list of “not to be missed”.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was formed in 1981 in Hanoi with an area of 3.27 ha and is one of the places to display and preserve the cultural values of 54 ethnic groups across the country. This is the place to attract a lot of visitors to visit each year.
The museum is a miniature picture of the history and culture of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam with a variety of cultural features. These exhibits are displayed in various categories such as clothing, jewelry, weapons, musical instruments, religious beliefs, and many other spiritual activities.
The museum three main exhibition areas: Trong Dong building, outdoor display area, and Southeast Asia exhibition area. From the outside, visitors will be attracted by the presentation and layout. From the form to the displayed content are very scientific and logical, easily grasping the cultural colors of each ethnic group.
Trong Dong Building
Trong Dong building has two spaces, 1 themed display space and is always renewed on the 2nd floor; while the first-floor space introduces the identity of 54 ethnic groups. There are 15,000 artifacts, 42,000 movies, and pictures; depicting daily life, costumes, clothing, agricultural tools, and religious beliefs and customs of the ethnic minorities.
To serve visitors, the documents introducing the exhibits here are translated mainly into 3 languages: Vietnamese, English, French, and some other languages for visitors to easily visit and understand.
Outdoor display area
After visiting the Trong Dong building, visitors will encounter a large courtyard, which is an outdoor display area. Here you will meet the unique architecture of the people; such as the Tay’s, Ed’s stilt house, the Tay’s stilt house, or the H’mong’s Pomu shingled ground floor. Located in the garden campus, there is also a rice mortar with water power of the Dao.
The Southeast Asia exhibition area
Next, visitors can visit the Southeast Asian exhibition in the museum. From a distance, visitors will find the display area built in the shape of a kite – a traditional cultural feature not only of Vietnam but also of the ASEAN region. The kite represents dreams, ambitions, and freedom that lasts forever.
Here regularly exhibits about Southeast Asian culture, Indonesian glass paintings, a glimpse of Asia and around the world. There are also educational activities, halls, cinema rooms, multimedia rooms; visitors can watch cultural material not only of Vietnam but also of ASEAN countries.
This is a bridge for the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and friends in Southeast Asia and in many parts of the world. Visitors come here not only to visit but on Saturdays and Sundays every week, the Museum of Ethnology also organizes many water puppet shows, folk arts activities, and bold folk festivals. Vietnamese national culture to serve tourists. In addition, after visiting the museum, visitors can stop to buy some small and lovely souvenirs for family or friends.
Fare: 40,000 VND
Ticket for water puppet show:
- Adult: 90,000 VND per person
- Children: 70,000 VND per person
- French/English indoor tour guide: 100,000VND