According to Vietnam Tourism Association, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) has recently won the prize of “Most Attractive Destination in Vietnam in 2015”. Situated in Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Ethnology Museum has been under management of the Nation Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities since its establishment in 1995.
Joining a Hanoi city tour to Ethnology Museum, visitors can get an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam with full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is divided into two main exhibition areas: indoors and outdoors. The indoor area consists of the exhibition building, office, research Centre, library, storage, technical lab and auditorium, which cover the total area of 2,480sq.m, including 750sq.m for storage of artefacts. It is estimated
Indoor exhibition at Vietnamese Ethnology Museumthat there have been more than 15,000 artefacts in the museum, such as photographs and other multi-media of audiotapes. Many priceless antique objects are also displayed apart from the normal daily objects including pipes, baskets and knives. Furthermore, clothes, jewelry together with featured items relating to weddings, funeral ceremonies and other spiritual rituals of 54 communities will offer you an incomparable glimpse of their history, heritage and cultural identity.
On the other hand, the outdoor exhibition is featured by different types of traditional houses of many ethnic minority groups throughout the country. Typically, it includes a stilt-house of ethnic Tay and a Viet house with indigenous foliage, each separated by a small stream and reached via little bridges.
Outdoor exhibition at Ethnology Museum
During the past 20 years, the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology has expanded for introducing not only Vietnam’s ethnic groups but also Southeast Asian Culture, including 300 collection trips in Vietnam and other countries as well as more than 30,000 collected artefacts, nearly 27,000 of which focus on Vietnam’s ethnic groups and the rest for other countries.
Visiting the Museum of Ethnology of Vietnam, visitors can have a chance to take part in a wide range of cultural activities introducing Vietnamese ethnic groups and a series of annual programs showcasing intangible culture (especially for Lunar Tet holiday and other festivals). All the activities at Ethnology Museum are expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to the museum. Besides, hundreds of exhibitions, performances, workshops, science conferences along with training courses have taken place at Vietnam Ethnology Museum and see the participation of domestic and international professionals and scientists. If you want to visit the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology, a Hanoi museum tour in 1 day will be your ideal option.