Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • janki l
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi is a must-visit!
    The museum is well-maintained and inviting, with a unique collection of artifacts that tell the stories of Vietnam's many ethnic groups. It's a wonderful way to learn about the country's culture and history. Highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Justine
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and fascinating museum
    This was somewhere I wanted to go but it exceeded my expections in its it size and breadth, depth and presentation of information about ethnic groups, primarily I'm Vietnam but also across SE Asia. There were two main exhibition buildings, each with three spacious floors, dotted with films, showing how the arts and also the crafts were produced and also village life and custom and religious practice. The textiles were stunning. The outside exhibition was lovely to wander around, freely going into buildings erected by craftsmen of different ethnic groups. The cafe was lovely, beautifully designed and decorated. My only regret is that I went at the end of my trip to Vietnam and was unable to buy any of the originals crafts I would like to have in the shop. Thank you for a lovely visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Anna N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HIGHLIGHT OF HANOI
    I and husband booked a private tour for a full day Hanoi city tour with VTH travel and we were 100% satisfied with quality services. One of our impressive spots is Vietnam ethnology museum. Abundance of things involving the traditional cultural values.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Paul
    Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum to help understand the ethnic groups within Vietnam
    Nicely laid out museum with a lot on display regarding the history of Vietnam and the ethnic groups that have inhabited the country over the years. There is also a large outdoor area that displays the types of lodgings used over the last few centuries and why they were set out the way they were. There is a couple of little souvenir shops near the exit which sell your normal bits and bobs.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado961 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Museum in Hanoi
    This museum is outside of the main city and is worth a trip if you are in the city for a few days. To me, I think the coolest part was seeing all the traditional houses. If you are not in the city for more than 3 days, I would skip this museum, and spend your time at other attractions in old town Hanoi.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Travel-future-ahoy
    Sydney, Australia1,933 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight attraction in Hanoi
    For us, it was the highlight attraction of Hanoi. Visited lakes, temples, outside of churches, but this topped them all. Very informative about the human migration patterns and the types of housing each ethnicity adopts. There is even a few replica housing that you are able to (climb and) enter. Would highly recommend first time visitors to gain an insight into Vietnam.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Tạch B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore the diversity and richness of Vietnamese culture
    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a treasure trove of Vietnam's diverse cultures and ethnicities. I found myself engrossed discovering knowledge about ethnic minorities, traditional costumes, and interesting items. This museum is truly a window to a deeper understanding of the diversity and richness of Vietnamese culture.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
  • David B
    Harlow, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    Although quite small, you can easily spend a few hours here, perhaps a whole day if you wanted to read all the information. Both outside and the two main indoor buildings are very interesting and all presented very clearly. Highly recommended if you're at all interested in the Hill Tribes and cultures of Vietnam. I have loads of photos so will upload some when I get a moment.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Marni K
    430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Greek museum that you should be pulled at least half a day to.
    This museum experience was one of my favorite ever, and I tend to go to museums. I thought that the outdoor exhibitions were fabulous. It’s amazing to be able to actually enter a house that has been moved there in its entirety. I wish we had been able to spend more time there. However, we had a packed day— people to see, places to go. I would go back here in a heartbeat, and spend a lot more time. The indoor exhibits were also fabulous. A truly comprehensive museum experience showcasing many objects of art and utility from the 54 different Indigenous peoples of Vietnam.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating insight into the various tribes of Vietnam
    One of the top things we did during our stay in Hanoi, this excellent museum really gives you a great sense of the many many tribes of Vietnam, their distinct histories and how they still live to this day. This is an aspect of Vietnam we knew nothing about before we arrived and it was fascinating to learn about the over 50 different ethnic groups, their cultural practices, customs and attire. There are three parts to the museum, an indoor exhibit on Vietnam tribes, an outdoor exhibit with recreations of the different types of houses built by the tribes, and a separate indoor exhibit which was broader, covering artefacts from other parts of Asia (this last bit is skippable if you are short on time).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
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Ellen M
133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum is fascinating. Outside, it shows you a variety of houses actually built by regional ethnic groups. We were happy to have a guide to explain to us a lot of the details as to why houses were built certain ways, or the meaning of various aspects. We were glad to do this at the beginning of our trip because we saw many of the house styles as we traveled throughout Vietnam, and they had more meaning for us.

Inside, the museum shows quite a bit of history and culture.

This is absolutely worth a visit.
Written 16 April 2024
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Mark O
Perth, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you love Vietnam and Hanoi (hard not too!) then you must visit. The musuem is very well curated and the replica housing is a great interactive feature.
Written 12 April 2024
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Viet Exquisite Travel
Hanoi, Vietnam74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
If you're interested in learning more about Vietnamese culture and ethnic origins, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a great site to visit.
With the entrance fee as 40.000 VND per person, this massive museum can offer a long, relaxing visit with information regarding Vietnam's different cultural people, traditions, languages and cultures as well as minority populations around South East Asia.
Written 2 April 2024
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Aziz P
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Turns out, Vietnam is way more than just pho and those cool hats! The Museum of Ethnology does an awesome job of showing how many different cultures and lifestyles exist here. We wandered past traditional houses, saw musical instruments we'd never even imagined, and loved the colorful costumes.
The outdoor space is really cool too, with replicas of houses from different ethnic groups. It's interesting to see how people lived back in the day. Best part? There's air-conditioning inside, which was a huge plus on a hot Hanoi day. Even if you're not a huge museum person, this one's worth a visit to understand just how diverse Vietnam truly is.
Written 2 April 2024
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Linn M
Christchurch, New Zealand34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This place roxks..!.It is well presented and very comprehensive. We spent the whole day there with a break between features indoors in the cafe, whch also has artful features with amazing tree boles overlaid with glass for tables. We then meandered outdoors which displayed different building styles. It was the highlight of our visit in Hanoi.
Written 31 March 2024
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David G
Oban, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very good museum which makes understanding the history of this wonderful country, I read a lot about Vietnam before coming here but I found it fascinating to learn more from the information described here, especially the 54 different “clans “ , not to be missed!
Written 15 March 2024
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tothelimit
Red Deer, Canada187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This was such a wonderful place to visit! The inside exhibits were interesting, but the outdoors was absolutely exceptional! A peaceful retreat in the chaos that is Hanoi! Great little restaurant on the grounds too.
Written 8 March 2024
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salsfj
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
If you want to know more about the history of Hanoi, this Museum is a must to visit. Very detailed information both indoors and outside. We initially told our driver 30 minutes but we took about an hour. Loved it!
Written 11 February 2024
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Moureen
St Ives, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Along with the womens museum, the ethnolgy museum is one of my absolute favourites in Hanoi. As a textiles enthusiast, it is a wonderful day out that offers information not just about Vietnams ethnic groups, but minority peoples throughout South East Asia. The model village gives a real sense of scale that is second only to actually staying with communities in Sapa, Ha Giang or elsewhere in Vietnam.
Written 10 February 2024
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Sandra Artist
London, UK279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This very large museum is worth a long,calm visit if you are interested in Vietnam, its various cultural people, traditions, languages and cultures.
The main building will take about 2 hours: there's plenty of very interesting comments about rituals,origins, language, domestic objects, costumes ( you will learn so much about colour dyes, fibers, conical hats making, pottery, jewellery for each ethnic groups) etc..on 3 floors.
Have a delicious lunch break in the restaurant: freshly cooked Vietnamese cuisine, and rest your legs and brain.
The garden displays a real, functioning water puppets theatre ( photo) and some houses on stilts, palm roofs houses over a large area. Fascinating and well maintained.
The second building is more about exhibitions of textiles and private collectors donations,varied and still interesting.
Written 23 January 2024
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