|English||Vietnam Museum of Ethnology|
|Local language||Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Education and Training
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was established by the state as a social academy institute and is included in the national museum system in Vietnam. The establishment process of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was carried out in the 1980s while Vietnam was facing deep post-war difficulties. On 24 October 1995, the prime minister approved the decision to establish the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, which has become a very interesting destination for domestic and international tourists because of simple displays reflecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, typical factual features in daily life, and the creativity of Vietnamese ethnic groups.
The museum is located on a precinct of 4.5 hectares, and comprises three exhibition areas:
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology draws a lot of public attention with its art performances due to the diversity of types and the uniqueness of the programs. The performances are carried out by local people from different provinces.
Performances include music performances with Sắc bùa gongs by Mường people; gongs and collective dance by Triêng people; flute playing by Xá Phó people; and ship rowing singing, Xoan singing, Bả Trạo singing by Việt people.
The Vietnam museum of Ethnology is a big theater of cultural performance activities, and functions as a bridge between tradition and modern times, between cultural owners and community.
Many artisans are invited to give demonstrations at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Demonstrations include ceramic making by Thái, Việt, Chăm people; weaving, dying by Laotian, Thái, Cơtu, Việt, Hmông; knitting by Khơmú, La Ha people; forging by Nùng, Hmông, Việt people; fishing equipment making; and Vietnamese traditional medicine processing.
The museum also organizes annual programs on occasions, such as the Tet festival, children’s festival, mid-autumn festival, and others. These events feature many performing activities by artisans from different communities.
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology also holds many regular and irregular intangible cultural performances, which draw public attention and attracts people to visit the museum, attend events, and experience cultures.
Throughout the activities, visitors to the museum have a chance to see skillful and talented artisans and craftsmen weaving brocade, making sleeping mats, knitting bamboo and rattan, making pottery, making Nepal plant paper, printing Đông Hồ pictures, and building folk toys. In addition, visitors can enjoy folksongs such as Quan Họ folksong, Ví, Giặm folksongs, Bài Chòi singing in Quang Nam, art of Đờn ca tài tử music, and songs from southern Vietnam.
Folk games from different ethnic minority groups are also popular. Every Saturday and Sunday, there is water puppet performance. This activity contributes to the restoration and conservation of Vietnam water puppetry. The museum thus helps water puppetry groups to maintain and improve performance quality, and encourages typical diversification of each group. The museum enables the public to meet and have exchanges with artisans.
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology also organizes coordinate programs with schools and universities:
|Contact Information (Organization)|
|Address||Nguyen Van Huyen street, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam|