Location: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street,
Cau Giay District, Hanoi.
Characteristic: It contains more than 10,000 objects, 15,000 black and white
photos and hundreds of video tapes and cassettes which depict all aspects of
life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam.
The Vietnam Museum of
Ethnology opened at the end of 1997. Since then, it has attracted the
attention of visitors as well as ethnographers and researchers from all over
The museum has successfully recreated the daily life together with the
religious rituals and the symbolic festivals of each ethnic group in
Vietnam. Visitors have the opportunity to admire costumes, embroidery as
well as outside stilt houses and habitats from the different groups.
All displayed objects mingle and supplement one another to create a colorful
and diversified picture of Vietnamese culture. An open-air exhibition in the
museum’s spacious and peaceful ground features ethnic houses from all over
The displayed object area is divided into 9 parts:
- Introduction of Viet (Kinh).
- Introduction of Muong, Tho, Chut ethnic groups.
- The ethnic groups belong to the Tay, Thai, and Kadai groups.
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 H' Mong house whose roof
is made of pomu wood, the Viet house with tile roof, the Gia Rai tomb, the
Ba Na communal house, the Cham traditional house, the Ha Nhi house made with
There are future plans
to present the Co Tu tomb and the surrounding completion of the Viet house.
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 being realized step by step.