Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Small but in-depth private museum

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What we say: 3.5 stars

AEC is a museum that highlights the cultural diversity and richness of Laos. Their permanent exhibitions explores the four major ethnic minority groups and the museum always features a temporary exhibition of special interest.

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.

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: info 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: 11th June, 2014

About the author:
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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At the base of Phousi Hill behind Dara Market
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