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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

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Discover the cultural and historic heritage of Vietnam's 54 different ethnic groups at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Designed as a museum and a research center, it opened to the public in 1997 and boasts more than 15,000 exhibition pieces. Learn about the symbolic and religious rituals and the traditional way of life of each group through household utensils, examples of tribal art, and full-scale replicas of traditional village homes. The exterior of the museum building is shaped like an ancient bronze drum--a cult object of the Northern Vietnamese Dong Son culture. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology by using our Hanoi online trip itinerary planner.
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  • An eye opener to the diversity of Vietnam and some important historical events. Probably about 3 hours is required to get an understanding. 
    An eye opener to the diversity of Vietnam and some important historical events. Probably about 3 hours is required to get an understanding.  more »
  • This place really surprised me - not just the main museum, but around the back they had examples of the different types of traditional houses, etc., which was very interesting and fun. Highly... 
    This place really surprised me - not just the main museum, but around the back they had examples of the different types of traditional houses, etc., which was very interesting and fun. Highly...  more »
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  • Start outdoors to visit the ethnic homes. A must-see in VN.
  • Well curated exhibits and lovely grounds. Vietnam’s numerous and varied ethnic tribes are interestingly represented. The unique lodgings and structures outdoors reveal astonishing handiwork, as do even domestic implements and garments. Everything is also authentic which adds additional pedigree. Cultural behavior is displayed with insight and engagement. Witness the entertaining weekly water puppet show if possible. A bonus performance. Anyone living in or visiting Hanoi should absolutely investigate this fascinating museum.

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