Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum is located in Hanoi, in Ly Thuong Kiet Street, near the central Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter. This museum is dedicated to Vietnamese women. Vietnamese Women’s Museum was established in 1987, and run is by the Vietnam Women’s Union.
The construction started on an existing building in 1991, according to architect Tran Xuan Diem plans. The museum opened to public in 1995 and had been renovated between 2006 and 2010.
More than 1000 materials, photos and objects displayed in the permanent exhibition show the role the Vietnamese women played in the History and currently play in Arts and in the Family life. The museum also organizes thematic exhibitions to show changes and development of the contemporary society.
The museum displays rather recent history of women, such as women and ethnicity; women and the national struggle; Vietnam women association and the feminism; women and traditional costumes; and women’s cultural traits expressed through handicrafts
There are also frequent exhibitions on contemporary women, such as women working as street vendors or women’s place in the family. The Vietnam Women’s Museum is definitely worth a few hour visit, especially for those keen on learning about culture and gender.
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