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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay, Hanoi
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A large and modern museum detailing the more than fifty different ethnic groups of modern Vietnam.

Ethnology museums across this wider region can be dire places - full of propaganda and poor research. This museum serves as an example for its east Asian cousins on how to properly present and explain a country's ethnic mosaic without being condescending towards minorities.

This is a great place to spend a morning learning about the suprisingly large variety of languages and cultures inside Vietnam. I found the artefacts to be interesting and the explanations scholarly without being too dry.

The highlight is definitely wandering around the grounds poking through the different cultures' traditional houses.