Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is one of the best museums in Vietnam, and focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam, showcasing their different cultures. It's about 8 km from the city centre.
Your guide will give you some details on the exhibits, to reveal a diversity to Vietnam many visitors aren't aware of.
The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups.
The exhibition hall features everyday objects representing each group whilst the outdoor display area exhibits a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas, with great attention paid to the varying architectural styles set within the authentic and tranquil gardens.
The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes.
Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Expect to see a wide range of interesting items on display at the museum with clothes, jewellery and items relating to weddings, funeral ceremonies and other spiritual rituals also exhibited across the 54 communities offering an incomparable glimpse of their history, heritage and cultural identity.