Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( Bao Tang Dan Toc Hoc Viet Nam) is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, about 8 km from the center of Hanoi. The museum has become one of the Best destination in Vietnam for both domestic and international visitors of Hanoi City Tour since it was built in 1997. The Museum displays the daily life of 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. This place reflects all aspects of tangible and intangible culture, life and creativity of the Vietnamese people.
The museum consists of three main galleries:
1.The Trong Dong exhibition building: It was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh, a member of the Tay ethnic group, in the shape of a Dong Son drum – a bronze drum fabricated by the Dong Son culture in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect Véronique Dollfus with an area of 2500m2. This area is a permanent display space introduces 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam spread over two floors of the whole house. Visitors of Tours in Vietnam also have a chance to visit different ethnic groups in Vietnam such as Tay, Thai, Hmong, Dao, etc. in the same manner as the country.
2. The outdoor display area: It exhibits a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas. The large tranquil gardens with the village beautiful road give the museum a hard-to-describe beauty. In addition, there are also leisure pursuits on display including traditional water puppet theatre and calligraphy.
3.The Southeast Gallery: It showcases the many cultural practices and civilizations across Southeast Asia. This is where visitors can better understand the countries in Southeast Asia through exhibits.
Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology Highlights
The Museum preserves and displays many cultural objects of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, including 15,000 artifacts, 42,000 color photos, 2,190 positive films and other multi-media. These objects are classified according to various criteria. It’s interesting that visitors can expect to see a variety of daily items relating to farm tools, fishing gear, household appliances, musical instruments, religious beliefs, weddings, funeral ceremonies and many other spiritual and social activities.
The outdoor area presents a wide range of traditional homes of some ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as a Tay stilt house, a Viet hose or a Giarai collective tomb. In front of the Vietnamese house, there are water puppet performances by the local puppets from different villages on Saturday and Sunday.
With the layout, exhibiting artifacts in a scientific way, combined with activities to create open space for museums, crafts demonstrations, organizations Ethnic festivals … all of these always create new emotions for tourists. All information in the exhibit, articles and annotations is available in three languages: Vietnamese, English and French. It’s also suitable for children.
The Museum of Vietnamese Ethnology was ranked No. 4 in the list of the top 25 most attractive museums in Asia in 2014 and also is rated No. 1 in the top 10 security the most attractive in Vietnam by TripAdvisor. Join Vietnam Travel Agent to get more information about the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. It is a destination that cannot be missed for those who enjoy discovering Vietnamese culture.
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