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Vietnamese Women's Museum

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The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is one of the best museums in Hanoi and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the culture of Vietnam. It gives insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, addressed through the lens of women’s issues.

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The museum, which features more than 1,000 objects and photographs, is well laid out and bright, with quality exhibits, and the content is extensive and well presented, with information in Vietnamese, English and French.

Both the exhibits and the information given at the Women's Museum are top-notch. Photo taken in or around Vietnamese Women's Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Both the exhibits and the information given at the Women's Museum are top-notch. Photo: Samantha Brown

Specifically, the museum is dedicated to the research, collection and exhibition of the life stories and experiences of Vietnamese women. As one of the first exhibits notes, "Women have always played an important role in the defence of the Vietnamese nation. In AD40, the Trung Sisters led the battle for independence against the Han Chinese..." And so it goes on.

Exhibits are spread over five floors, accessible by elevator if required. On the ground floor you’ll find bag storage and a gift shop, mostly selling the type of souvenirs you’ll also find in Old Quarter. Audio tours are available, lasting for a couple of hours. We didn't do one, but if you have the time, we suspect it would be a very worthwhile experience.

Family life covers a lot of ground. Photo taken in or around Vietnamese Women's Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Family life covers a lot of ground. Photo: Samantha Brown

When we last dropped by, a temporary photographic exhibition was on display in the forecourt of the museum, with beautiful portraits of Vietnamese women taken by French photographer Rehahn. Temporary exhibitions are always showing, so fingers crossed something else lovely will be showing on your stop here, too.

The museum comprises three permanent thematic galleries: Women in Family, Women in History and Women's Fashion. The family exhibition on the first floor looks at the roles and responsibilities of women in the typical Vietnamese family, and looks at traditional marriage and childbirth customs across ethnic groups. Another exhibit looks at meal preparations and agricultural practice, as well as small business and handicrafts such as sewing, weaving ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Vietnamese Women's Museum
36 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hanoi
Daily 08:00-17:00
T: (04) 3825 9936 F: (04) 3825 9129;
Admission: 30,000 dong

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