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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

| At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Opened in 2007, TAEC is a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions about the diverse ethnic groups of Laos. Permanent Exhibitions highlight the Akha, Kmhmu, Tai Lue, and Hmong ethnic minorities. On display now is a special exhibition entitled, "Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts". This exhibit features the Job's tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to mainland Southeast Asia, to demonstrate the important relationship between humans and nature. On display are unusual artefacts, including a Chin headdress that uses porcupine quills, and magnificent necklaces from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. Visitors are treated to a visually stunning display allowing them to explore the meaningful role of the environment in the daily lives of rural ethnic communities. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. TAEC also boasts an extensive family activity centre, ethnobotanical garden, and patio cafe with cold refreshments making the museum a perfect destination for children and adults.
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| At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This centre helps to promote the local culture to the visitors with exhibitions, hand-ons and possibly visits to the local tribes. It is located on a small hill well hidden from the main road. Recommend to visit here first before a trip to the local...More

Thank George_Loker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For such a small space, about 3 rooms this museum packs quite a punch above its weight. If you want to know the different ethnicity and crafts that made this state beautiful and remarkable then this serves as a quick stop enough for 45min after...More

Thank byrone29
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review! We are so pleased to hear you learned a great deal in our three main exhibition rooms. We also agree that a quick 45 minute stop is more than enough to arm you with knowledge to help understand Laos'...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 3-hour Hmong embroidery workshop, which included a tour of the museum and a drink, in addition to the embroidery lesson. The staff at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre were both informative and personable. We were able to see, firsthand, how much...More

Thank lindsclay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I did the morning Hmong Embroidery workshop. Included in the price was a short but informative tour of part of the museum. After that, we were taken to the lovely front porch where our teacher, a sweet Hmong university student, instructed us...More

Thank Dhzkfallis
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with your handicraft workshop! We also think that a craft workshop is a wonderful way of learning how difficult these crafts are and spending time with artisans themselves and making a connection. We're pleased you and your friends enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum will cover interesting part of all the tribes in Laos and their specialty in making clothes, jewelry and textile. Very educational visit and they do sell some local handmade handicraft and a place to learn how to do some of this textile...More

1  Thank Ragu88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the centre as recommended by the shop assistant at TAEC boutique; the displays were highly informational, if one is interested to learn Laos culture, this might be a good place to start. Focusing on traditional textile, the centre displayed various textile products...More

1  Thank EndroCatur
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was really interesting with clear descriptions in English of each item. There was also a live exhibition with women weaving which was great to see firsthand. 25,000kip entrance fee - well worth it!More

Thank Emma G
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit, and were able to see our Katu weavers during their artisan residency! We host artisans here on a regular basis -- please check our Facebook page for more details. We appreciate you taking the time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small, but interesting museum with displays and information about the different ethnic groups in Laos. Particularly good on textiles, but other arts are on show. Good gift shop.

Thank PikaKim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small but well set out and documented museum showed us all the different ethnic groups in Laos. The English translation was very good and we were able to walk around at our own pace learning about the history of the different groups. There were...More

Thank elias501
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I definitely recommend signing up for one of the classes they offer! It doesn't cost much and you get to make neat little crafts to take home and learn a little bit more about Laos culture while doing it. Fun activity for all ages (Adults...More

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Ngan H
Is the exhibit in TAEC provides complete showcase of Laos ethnic minorities? How much is the entrance fee?
14 November 2016|
Response from TAECLaos | Property representative |
Thanks for your question and interest in TAEC! Currently, our permanent exhibition showcases in-depth exhibits on four of the ethnic groups in Laos (Akha, Hmong, Kmhmu, Tai Lue), as well as an introduction section with a... More