Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is one of the most interesting Museums in Hanoi and Vietnam.

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Cultural values of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The museum is place to preserve cultural values of nation
The museum is place to preserve cultural values of nation

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was constructed on  the land of 9,500 square meters on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, around 8 kilometers from the city centre. The construction started at the end of 1987 and was completed in 1997. The mission of the Museum is to collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit the cultural and historic patrimony of different ethnic groups. For over 10 years of construction and development, up to now, Museum has collected 15,000 artifacts, 2,190 slides, 42,000 photographs, 237 audio tapes, 373 video tapes and 25 CD-ROMs, to be displayed for all visitors. In its future planning, the Museum intends to present the cultures and civilization of other countries in South-East Asia and in the region as well.


Museum is divided to indoors and outdoors section. The indoor permanent collection occupies the majority of the exhibition space. However, there is a separate area for the temporary exhibits. The permanent collection is divided into 9 main sections, each of which includes objects displayed in glass cases and dioramas.

An open-air exhibition in the museum’s spacious and peaceful ground features ethnic houses from all over Vietnam. The outdoor exhibition area is only large enough for the most popular architectural styles to be presented. Already presented are the E-de long house, the Tay stilt house, the Dao house half on stilts and half on earth, the Hmong house whose roof is made of pomu wood, the Viet house with tile roof, etc. Between the houses, there are trees indigenous to the area of each house, zigzagging paths and a meandering stream crossed by small bridges. The outdoor museum is of much captivation to most tourists not only for the cultural values but also for a natural landscape.

"Long house" of E-de at Vietnam museum of Ethnology
“Long house” of E-de at Vietnam museum of Ethnology

The museum also has the presence of water puppet occurs frequently. On the weekends, families have time to go there and tiring after the day of work. In the large space, water puppet brings tourists to the cultural values nature of Vietnam’ folklore, which makes us feel more respectful and proud of the colorful culture.

Water puppet performance
Water puppet performance

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Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi

Opening time: 08:30 a.m – 05:30 p.m from Tuesday till Sunday (except only Monday and the Lunar Tet Holiday)

Ticket: 40.000VND/person.

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