Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 43,799-square-metre (10.823-acre) property [1] in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center. The Museum is a member of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences - an academic institution of the Vietnamese Government.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam
Dan toc hoc 1.jpg
Entrance to the Museum's "Bronze Drum" building
Established12 November 1997 (1997-11-12)
LocationNguyễn Văn Huyên Road, Cầu Giấy District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Coordinates21°02′26″N 105°47′55″E / 21.0406°N 105.7987°E / 21.0406; 105.7987
Collection size30,000 objects[1]
Visitors500,000 annually [1]
DirectorAssoc. Prof. Dr. Bùi Nhật Quang [2]
Area2,000 m2 (21,500 sq ft)
(permanent exhibition)[1]
20,000 m2 (215,300 sq ft)
(open-air exhibition)[1]
An outdoor exhibit at the museum, consisting of an Ede dwelling from the Central Highland region

A second exhibition building was open in 2013 and has a focus on Southeast Asian cultures and peoples.[3]


The proposal for the museum was officially approved on 14 December 1987. Construction lasted from 1987 to 1995, and it was opened to the public on 12 November 1997.[4] The budget for construction of the museum was US$1.9 million, with an additional US$285,000 allocated for acquisition of artifacts.[4]

The exhibition building was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh, a member of the Tày ethnic group, in the shape of a Đông Sơn drum, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect Véronique Dollfus.[4]

The second exhibition building focusing on Southeast Asian ethnology was designed in a kite shape and was open in 2013.[3]


  • Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. p. 200. ISBN 981-4068-96-9.


External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 21°02′26″N 105°47′55″E / 21.0406°N 105.7987°E / 21.0406; 105.7987