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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | 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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An intense introduction to the ethnic tribes of the region .... the museum has become much smaller than previous visits and has lost the nice cafe it had previously. which was great after the steep climb to the museum. Really not as good as it...More

Thank batavia38
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small but nice 3 room museum in old Judge's house. Highlights the main ethnic groups in Laos. Small shop. The have another shop on the high street.

Thank Dr Stephen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance was just USD$3. The museum is bijou but deeply interesting. This is an incredibly informative arena for communicating the rich diversity of the peoples of the wonderful country of Laos to visitors who do not have a background in ethnology. The colourful displays of...More

Thank Jason E
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jason E, thank you so much for your kind review. We're so pleased that you found your visit rewarding, and appreciated all the thought and work we put into our exhibits, information, and staff support! Thank you again for spending the time to share...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As museums go, this place is quite expensive for its two rooms, but still worth a visit if you're interested in the villages and culture that surrounds Laos, a country that is pretty cut off from the outside world. Various cultures within the country are...More

Thank MattC1995
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place packs a lot into a small space. Combining the story of the ethnic mix in Laos with the cultural highlights of each group with artefacts/weaving/fabrics makes for a rapid exposee into how this country has become what it is today; diverse and cultured.

Thank bukbuk51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

25.000 kips is few money, but less is to pretend having a museum where the shop is bigger than exhibition itself. I felt cheated not for the money but for the walk until there.More

Thank icantos
TAECLaos, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear icantos, thank you for taking the time to write a review, but we are a little confused about your comments. Our shop is only one very small part of the museum -- we have three exhibition galleries, two for the permanent collections, and one...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this museum! A small, well managed and presented place with great information. You can clearly tell that those who are responsible and work/volunteer here are passionate about their cause. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions here which will continue to spread information and keep...More

Thank 00Shawn00
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

As a lover of crafts, I found this place quite interesting. It provided good information on Lao cultures and traditions. Compared to similar exhibitions I've seen in other countries, this museum is professionally done. The entrance fee is 25,000 kip per person, and I felt...More

1  Thank Arielle T
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Not too much there but was interesting to learn about the different types of Lao people. Also a fun section for kids with quizzes and outfits to try

Thank pettitt11
Reviewed 2 September 2017

I took a backstrap weaving class here because it was more affordable than other places ($20 including a headband or belt that you weave yourself plus a beverage). Doi taught me how to weave and it was an enjoyable experience. However, she had the colors...More

Thank Sarah S
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Ngan H
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