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Museums in the north of Vietnam

In the north of Vietnam, there are two ethnology museum, Thai Nguyen Ethnology Museum in Thai Nguyen Province and Vietnam Ethnology Museum in Hanoi which is composed of 54 ethnic groups, with a view to preserving and presenting the cultural heritages of these ethnic groups. The Vietnamese Government decided to establish a museum of ethnology in Hanoi and issue Vietnam visa online for visitors. Hence, the today’s Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was constructed on the land of 9,500 square meters on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, around 8 kilometers from the city center. The construction started at the end of 1987 and was completed in 1997. Collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups, in its future planning, the Museum intends to present the cultures and civilization of other countries in South-East Asia and in the region as well. Virtual indoor tour. The indoor permanent collection occupies the majority of the exhibition space. However, there is a separate area for the temporary exhibits. The permanent collection is divided into 9 main sections, each of which includes objects displayed in glass cases and dioramas:

Introduction of the Viet group (Kinh)
Introduction of Muong, Tho, Chut ethnic groups
The ethnic groups belonging to the Tay, Thai, and Ka Dai group
The ethnic groups belonging to the H’Mong-Dao group, Tang Group, and San Diu, Ngai ethnic groups
The ethnic groups belonging to the Mon-Khmer group
The ethnic groups belonging to the Nam Dao
The ethnic groups of Cham, Hoa, Khmer
The exchange and mingle among different ethnic groups

Virtual outdoor tour. An open-air exhibition in the museum’s spacious and peaceful ground features ethnic houses from all over Vietnam. The outdoor exhibition area is only large enough for the most popular architectural styles to be presented. Already presented are the Ede long house, the Tay stilt house, the Yao house half on stilts and half on earth, the Hmong house whose roof is made of pomu wood, the Viet house with tile roof, etc. 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 of much captivation to most tourists not only for the cultural values but also for a natural landscape. Some even said: “Walking around here makes me feel like I were in a beautiful park, very relaxing!”.
Opening time. The museum is open during the daytime (08:30 a.m – 05:30 p.m) from Tuesday till Sunday (except only Monday and the Lunar Tet Holiday).
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