Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Small but in-depth private museum

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This private museum devoted to Lao ethnography has operated out of a beautifully restored French mansion since 2006.

The collection of items on display were all obtained via direct contact with villagers and include traditional clothing, religious artifacts, tools and handicrafts. The displays are accompanied by information in Lao, French and English that helps to explain their significance.

This may be a small museum, but they've got a big heart, with all proceeds going toward researching and preserving Northern Lao culture. Many items in the museum shop are sourced directly from local artisans from these cultures.

The museum also has an excellent collection of academic literature which you're welcome to page through while enjoying a coffee in their Le Patio Cafe.

Of particular interest are the costumes of the various different ethnic groups throughout Laos.

More details
At the base of Phousi Hill behind Dara Market
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 09:00-18:00
How to get there: Walk up the base of Phousi Hill from the Kitsalat Rd side near Dara Market and you'll see signs leading the way.
Last updated: 21st February, 2013

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