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Lao National History Museum

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Address: Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos, Vientiane, Laos
Phone Number:
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Sad, sad museum.

The condition of this museum is disgraceful. Items are poorly displayed, building is poster child for deferred maintenance. That being said, easy to get to. Cheap entrance fee... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
atomic r
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Mission Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We honestly did not know about Laos history till today. It gave you a comprehensive story from the early years right up to today. Well done , everybody to Laos should visit here just to understand what these wonderful people have been through. Thank you.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The condition of this museum is disgraceful. Items are poorly displayed, building is poster child for deferred maintenance. That being said, easy to get to. Cheap entrance fee and plenty of interest to see. Lots of archeology, natural history and Lao history exhibits. Plenty of communist propaganda too. Definitely worth a visit, but manage your expectations.

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Muscat, Oman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Real insight into the communist past, reading the labels on the photos is a history lesson in itself. Worth a visit to get a sense of context.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This appears to be an old museum, in a classic colonial building, with both natural history as well as political history. While desperately in need of upgrading, it offers a nice glimpse of Vientiane and Lao history. It has so much potential, but much of that is unrealized.

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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The National Museum where you can learn about history of Laos PDR in 30 minutes. Entrance Fee is 10,000kip per person. And there is fee for taking photo inside 15,000kip per 1 camera. Very cheap.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum but very small. No air conditioning only fans. It is $10,000 kips to enter. Will take less than an hour.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum opened a bit late at 9am (supposed to open at 8am) Displays of the Ethnic groups in Laos and also the country's history to independence.

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Thank jalee77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed this museum even though I was allowed to pay the admission then told it was closing fifteen minutes after I arrived and I had to leave. It is full of great history of the country.

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Thank Cody E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

10.000 Kip ticket. The museum has two floors. The first one is mainly dedicated to ancient Lao history, and the second one covers some matters related to the Lan Xan empire and a lot of propaganda regarding the communist regime that still rules today. The first floor has descriptions in English, the second floor is mainly in Laotian. It is... More 

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Richmond, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Entry barely $1, signage often poor, but interesting trip thru Lao history from Plain of Jars Stone Age thru Soviet influenced post "U.S. Occupation". Museum, housed in former French Governor's residence, with luck will survive planned demolition.

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