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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 28 April 2015

Interesting stuff on the different ethnic groups in Laos, especially the culture and traditions. Not easy to find and not huge, but worth a 30 minute visit.

Thank JandP_Cotswolds
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Its a small museum, nice, some interesting information but I was expecting more for admission fee. They have a video showing which is pretty interesting but it needs more comfortable seating For extended viewing.

Thank waffler_au
Reviewed 20 April 2015

Without a doubt, this is the best museum I've seen in Laos. Although small, it is well organized, very interesting, and clearly interpreted. It is not very expensive, has a neat gift shop, and would be a great pairing for the Ethnik Fashion Show at...More

2  Thank MathewandKristin
Reviewed 10 April 2015

Part of a group tour. We don't normally do museums but we didn't have much choice on this occasion. Lovely things to buy made it worthwhile though!

Thank ddickinscoll
Reviewed 7 April 2015 via mobile

This place ia small, but infinitely more interesting than the nearby palace museum. I think the entrance fee is reasonable (about $3 pp) to support a good cause and local women and their handicrafts. I learned a lot in the short visit here, and things...More

Thank wgkealey
Reviewed 1 April 2015

A little climb up the Phousi hill above Dara Market. This is a small but well-done cross section of the crafts of the different ethnic groups. There is a room dedicated to women's contributions with a nice video.

1  Thank Susie10644
Reviewed 30 March 2015

It a good place to learn about traditional ethnology . The museum is well-organize . It easy to access .

Thank Poppy_Th
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Really enjoyed our cycle ride here. The staff spoke very good English and explained in detail the process the women were working on. The ladies working were happy for you to look closely at there work. Really pleased we stopped here.

Thank sn71
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

Although there is a 25,000 fee per person it's worth it. There are seven excellent documentaries to watch which I highly recommend. It will give you an insight into Laos culture.

Thank NomadicBoys
Reviewed 25 March 2015

First - you will have to leave bags at the pay desk. Not sure why but just do it! A small "centre" - really a small museum of culture outlining the different groups who have lived in Laos eg the Hmong. Traditional dress shown for...More

Thank Daisy3178
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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