Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is one of the places to display and preserve cultural values of 54 ethnic groups across the country.
Where is the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay, about 8km from the center of Hanoi . The museum holds great cultural value on a national as well as local scale. You can easily move here by many means such as car, motorbike or taxi. For many tourists coming to Hanoi, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is always on the list of must-go destinations.
About the museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was formed in 1981 in Hanoi with an area of 3.27 ha. This work is designed by architect Ha Duc Linh and interior design woman Veronique Dollfus (French). The museum is like a miniature picture of the history and culture of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam with extremely unique cultural diversity. The artifacts are on display in many different categories such as clothing, jewelry, weapons, musical instruments, religion, beliefs and many other spiritual activities.
What attractions of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology?
The museum is divided into three main exhibition areas: Trong Dong building, outdoor display area and Southeast Asia exhibition area. From the outside, visitors will be attracted by the presentation and layout from the form to the displayed content are very scientific and logical, easily grasping the cultural colors of each ethnic group.
Trong Dong Building
Trong Dong building has two spaces, 1 themed display space and is always renewed on the 2nd floor, while the first floor space introduces the identity of 54 ethnic groups. There are 15,000 artifacts, 42,000 movies and pictures depicting daily life, costumes, clothing, agricultural tools and religious beliefs and customs of the ethnic minorities. To serve other visitors, the artifacts here are translated mainly in 3 languages: Vietnamese, English, French and some other languages for visitors to easily visit and learn the museum.
Visitors will be amazed at the beautiful artifacts carefully displayed from clothing, tools to ritual models, funerals, weddings … All reconstructed as a miniature of life as well the traditional culture of the ethnic group in the past.
After visiting the Trong Dong building, visitors will encounter a large courtyard, which is an outdoor display area. There will be a meeting of the unique architecture of the people such as the Tay’s stilt house, the Ed’s stilt house, the Tay’s stilt house, the H’mong’s Pomu shingled ground floor. Located in the garden campus, there is also a rice mortar with water power of the Dao.
The exhibition area in Southeast Asia
Next, visitors can visit the Southeast Asian exhibition in the museum. From a distance, visitors will find the display area built in the shape of a kite – a traditional cultural feature not only of Vietnam but also of the ASEAN region. The kite represents dreams, ambitions, freedom that lasts forever.
Here regularly exhibits about Southeast Asian culture, Indonesian glass paintings, a glimpse of Asia and around the world. There are also educational activities, halls, movie theaters, multimedia rooms, visitors can view cultural material not only of Vietnam but also of ASEAN countries. This is a bridge, friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and friends in Southeast Asia as well as in many parts of the world.
Interesting activities in the Museum
Visitors come here not only to visit but on Saturdays and Sundays every week, the Museum of Ethnology also organizes many water puppet shows, folk arts activities, folk festivals bearing boldness. Vietnamese ethnic culture to serve tourists. In addition, after visiting the museum, visitors can stop to buy some small and lovely souvenirs as gifts for their family or friends.
As a place to keep the long-standing cultural values of 54 ethnic groups combining cultural colors across the country, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is definitely one of the places that you must go when visit Ha Noi Capital.