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“Sparse but excellent”

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
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US$30.00*
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Hanoi City Full-Day Tour
Ranked #26 of 287 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a unit under Vietnam Academy of Scocial Sciences. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation's different ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum.
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Often a busy place with mostly tourists. There is not much to view inside but the reproductions of ethnic houses are interesting. The snack shop offered cool treats.

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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have a tough guide who was a tune to us and had excellent English. Visiting this place gave us a great introduction to Vietnam and it's people. One can feel the passion of the locals and realise that the diversity of its people makes them unique. Would be a bit uncomfortable to visit in the summer as there isn't proper AC here. It's small enough to walk through and get a good understanding. A nice experience

Thank Candice N
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology highlights the diverse number of people that have contributed to the making of Vietnam as it is today. It is fascinating to wander through this journey in time and people. From the indoor displays to the full size buildings out side. A great place to learn of the people of Vietnam.

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Spent a few hours here walking round the exhibits, as well as the outdoor area displaying traditional Vietnamese houses. Whilst it is a lot to take in with so much info, spending a few hours here is worth it to learn more about Vietnam, and the water puppet show was fun to watch!

Thank Alex G
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We werw searching for an activity for our third day in Hanoi after beeing to most of the must sees that the city has to offer. We heard a few recommandations about this museum and decided to go. The museum is about a 20 minuite drive from the old town (5 usd for taxi) and is actually a comlex consisting of the ethnology museum, the garden with minority houses and the museum of southeast asia - all of them included in a 40,000 dong ticket (about 2 usd).
The museum of ethnology is a two floor building exibiting the everyday life, religion, costumes and typical houses of vietnam's 54 minorities. It's nice and informative but not as well presented as in europian similar museums (or as the southeast asia museum just next to it). It also was a hot day and they didn't have the AC working which maid going around the exebition extremly exohsting.
The garden to my opinion is the highlite of the visit - it consists of several minority authentic houses. Some of them are original houses moved from the villages to the garden, some where constructed by village people especially for the museum copying an original village house. You can go around and enter the impressive houses - thats a realy special expirience!
The last museum has a few exebitions of different items from the different countries in southeast asia. If you don't have plenty of time - you can skip that one.
If u r planning to visit Sapa or the central highlands where you will get to meet the ethnic minorities then try to visit here before.

Thank benji G
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