Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology information
Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artefacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. Displays are well labelled in Vietnamese, French and English. For anyone with an interest in Vietnam’s minorities, it’s an essential visit – though it is located way out in the suburbs. The museum is in the Cau Giay district, about 7km from the city centre and around 200,000d each way in a taxi.
Local bus 14 (3000d) departs from P Dinh Tien Hoang on the east side of Hoan Kiem Lake and passes within a couple of blocks (around 600m) of the museum – get off at the Nghia Tan bus stop and head to Ð Nguyen Van Huyen.
In the grounds are examples of traditional village houses – a Tay stilt house, an impressive Bahnar communal structure and a Yao home. Don’t miss the soaring, thatch-roofed Giarai tomb, complete with risqué wooden statues.
A fair-trade craft shop sells books, beautiful postcards, and arts and crafts from ethnic communities.