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March 24, 2012

Museum of Ethnology



The Museum of Vietnamese Ethnology is situated on the way from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi Old Quarter. The museum was established in 1995 in partnership with the Musée de l'Homme in Paris and opened for the public in 1997. It spans an airy and spacious area of 3.27 acre in Cau Giay district. It is one of the most fascinating museums in Hanoi with colorful exhibits of 54 ethnic cultures in Vietnam.

The museum is in itself an interesting artwork. Its exhibition building was designed as a Dong Son drum by Ha Duc Linh, a Vietnamese architect coming from the Tay ethnic group. Its interior design was completed by the French architect Veronique Dollfus.

There are two main parts: indoor and outdoor exhibits with several linking pathways. The first is reserved for the display of artifacts, mainly antiquities and daily used items. In terms of functions, there are rich collections of costumes, jewelry, musical instruments, household utensils and agricultural tools. Artifacts associated to their particular religious rituals and beliefs as well as their funeral and wedding ceremonies are also preserved here.

The outdoor exhibits highlight different types of ethnic people’s dwellings. There are Ede long house, Tay stilt house, Hmong house with roof made by Pomu wood, Viet house with tile roof and Cham traditional house. The surroundings are graced with zigzag paths, small bridges and a little stream.

The Ethnology Museum is an ideal place for Vietnamese couples to take wedding photographs. It is listed on the top of must-see attractions in Hanoi, an ideal place to learn about the 54 different ethnic tribes of Vietnam.



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