In the whole of Hanoi, the Museum of Ethnology is the most exciting place to visit and missing a visit to this place will mean skipping an important part of Hanoi’s history and cultural background. A superb administration has made this museum stand out among the crowd and had made this museum the seat of Vietnam’s cultural heritage.
Renowned over whole of Vietnam, this Museum caters to a dual purpose. On one hand it conserves and exhibits the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam like the Muong, Thai, Tay, Yao while on the other it is dedicated to the cause of aiding researchers in their work as it is a vast repository of knowledge on the ethnic groups. As a genuine ethnographic museum, the Museum of Ethnology takes extreme measures to collect, research, preserve and exhibit the works. The construction work started in 1987 but the museum was made open to public viewing only in 1997. Since then it has attracted large number of people consisting of both local and visitors.
The Museum plans to cover in future and add to its rich collection the cultures and civilizations of the rest of the countries in South East Asia.
Features of Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi
Â -Â Â The Museum is a work of art in itself; however the interior design has been done by a French architect Mrs. Veronique Dollfus.
Â -Â Â The Museum comprises of two sections, one used for indoor purpose and the other for outdoor exhibitions. The indoor section houses the main building, an office, a well equipped research center, library, technical laboratory and an auditorium. The Outdoor section on the other hand displays different types of houses found all over Vietnam. The two sections are interlinked by a network of pathways.
Â -Â Â The Museum has an exquisite collection on display. Featured among these are 15,000 artifacts, photographs, and huge numbers of slides, audio and video tapes and CD ROMs. The huge collection is presented by an effective use of dioramas.
Â -Â Â The Museum is dedicated to display valuable information about the cultural heritages of the diverse communities; many simple objects of daily use also fill up the racks like knives, baskets, mats. These objects give us an insight into the creative faculty of the ethnic groups as well as their life style.
Â -Â Â The Museum also has the clothe collection, agricultural tools, fishing instruments, musical instruments and jewellery belonging to the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Even artifacts related to various religious customs, rituals wedding and funeral ceremonies are kept at the Museum.
Â -Â Â Some of the priced objects are displayed in glass window show cases. The things displayed are accompanied by a label which gives detailed information about the artifact.
Â -Â Â Since the collection is so wide spread the Museum also publishes catalogues and books for a systematic study of the displayed works and objects.
Â -Â Â The Museum of Ethnology has incorporated modern technology especially while choosing the light fixtures. The focused lights illuminate the objects beautifully making it attractive and also highlighting its best side. Proper ventilation methods have also been introduced.
Â -Â Â The outdoor space is used up to showcase the dwellings of the ethnic groups. The dwellings are either preserved in their original state or being remade. The buildings consist of Tay stilt house, Yao House on half stilts and half earth, the Hanhi house made out of beaten walls to name a few. The interiors of the house feature the living and dining areas too.
Fast Facts about Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi
Address– Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Contact Number– + 84-4 756 2193(phone), +84-4 8360351(fax