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Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

| 12 Sep 2013
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Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi
Nguyen Van Huyen Rd, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
08.30 - 17.30. Closed Mondays

Our rating
12 Sep 2013

Hanoi's Museum of Ethnology explores Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority groups looking at costumes, rituals and traditions. A very worthwhile stop - especially for those heading into the minority areas of the far north and central provinces. Located 7kms from central Hanoi.

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Most travellers to Vietnam are not aware of the country’s rich ethnic diversity so a museum devoted to the theme is a great resource. The Ethnology Museum opened in 1997, is Hanoi’s newest museum and many consider it to be the country’s finest - in large part because it uses a more contemporary curatorial approach than the staid ways of most other museums here. It also makes an effort to convey some meaningful information to visitors.

Ethnology Museum,Hanoi,Vietnam
Photo: Mark BowyerEthnology Museum, Hanoi
Vietnam’s ethnic minority cultures are explored using video and photos as well as costumes, tools, implements, arts and crafts.  A large outdoor campus has allowed for faithful full size models of traditional houses to be built.

The traditional minority houses are popular spots for wedding photography adding some further texture to a visit!
Mark Bowyer
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