This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting Museums in Hanoi and Vietnam.
Vietnam is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country which consists of 54 ethnic groups. Perceiving the importance of preserving the distinct and unique cultures of these groups, Vietnam government decided to establish an ethnographic museum with the total budget of over 27 billion VND ($1.9 million).
In details, in the indoor area, a plenty of common objects using in daily activities were displayed. For example, goods made from a variety type of fabric by people in different ethnic groups such as skirts, scarves, clothes, etc were decorated with various traditional techniques.
Other manmade products include baskets, trays, musical instruments made from bamboo, calabashes, ritual artifacts, and so on. Along with the traditional objects, tourists can find documents and photographs reflecting all aspects of tangible and intangible culture in daily life and the creativity of minorities.
Outdoor exhibition composed of ten-fork architecture of Vietnamese traditional homes such as communal house of Bana minority, long stilt house of Ede, stilt house of Tay people, Viet house with indigenous foliage, and so forth. In Viet house, water puppet repertoires are performed by different villages on Saturdays and Sundays.
To fully serve the demands of tourists, all the information in the exhibition as well as articles and notes are translated into three languages, which are Vietnamese, English and French. Besides, the Museum also drafted many leaflets introducing the main contents of the exhibition in Chinese, German, Japanese, English, French, etc free distributed for tourists.
In addition, in each area of the Museum, there are friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are ready providing information, taking photographs, and doing anything tourists need to make their excursion become perfect. The Museum opens every day (except from Monday and Lunar New Year holidays) from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm for tourists visiting.
With the traditional values, Vietnam Ethnology Museum received a certificate of excellent service by TripAdvisor. Accordingly, the Museum ranked in the sixth position in a list of 25 most fascinating museums in Asia.
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According to the selection of this website, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology received 500 excellent ratings, 375 good ratings (4.5 stars). TripAdvisor also ranked the Museum in the fourth position in a list of 95 Hanoi attractions.
Having a two-hour excursion at Vietnam Ethnology Museum, visitors can not only admire pictures, photos, and documentary movies but also witness lively objects and artifacts which are the most special and unique culture of 54 ethnic minority groups of Vietnam including H'Mong, Muong, Tay, Bana, Ede, Thai, Nung, etc.
In 2013, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was ranked sixth in a list of 25 most attractive museums in Asia by TripAdvisor, a world's reliable tourism website. Nowadays, the Museum has attracted many domestic and international tourists visiting each day.
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