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Lao National History Museum

Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos, Vientiane, Laos
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Old national museum charm

On the outside of the building, the museum looks run down and in need of maintenance, it's a... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Hannah C
via mobile
Good Time Killer

If you have time to kill in Vientiane and staying around the centre of town, then this place would... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Steven W
Rome, Italy
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  • Average39%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible6%
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Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

On the outside of the building, the museum looks run down and in need of maintenance, it's a small.museum but somehow we ended being there for almost 3 hours! It actually has a lot of Laos history and honestly, it's quite a small and charming...More

Thank Hannah C
Reviewed 7 August 2017

If you have time to kill in Vientiane and staying around the centre of town, then this place would be good for you. The museum tries to cover a broad span of history from prehistoric times to end of Vietnam war. I was hoping to...More

Thank Steven W
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This museum could be really good. There are hundreds of artefacts, hundreds of photos, and so much information. But it's not really good. It's really rubbish. Very little context is given for any of the exhibits, so it's hard to grasp the significance of anything....More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Not an ideal place but set in a nice building, lots of basic artefacts and pictures with a huge disliking on America! I got around the 2 floors in 30 minutes.

Thank Travelling_LindaG
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Our guide book - from 2015 - mentioned the museum was due to move. Well it's still here and the move can't come soon enough! The building is old and tired and the displays are the same. Compared to modern museums this is a poor...More

Thank Allen H
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

It poured with rain for our first day in Vientiane, so we decided to do a few museums. It wasn't particularly exciting but it did have an overview of Laos history beginning in prehistoric times and some interesting objects from times since. Not a must...More

Thank Charlotte W
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

I only got a quick tour here and I love to learn about their history especially the fact that the great Khmer Empire had once made their capital somewhere in Laos before they moved to Cambodia so there's also many relics associated with Khmer here....More

Thank Sahaful E
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Covers a bit of everything from Lao natural history to the colonial war. The building itself is a (retrofitted and expanded) governor's mansion. The bad news is that the interior is no longer a showpiece of colonial furnishings and wall decorations (the retrofitting even added...More

1  Thank Kat T
Reviewed 5 June 2017

If you have some spare time, which you may do in Vientiane if you stay for more than 2 days, and you are looking to kill some time. This museum is in pretty bad shape and was swelteringly hot. The displays are severely dated and...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Honestly the weirdest museum I've ever visited. It covers everything from the dinosaurs to modern day Laos in one long exhibition. The majority of the museum is just pictures without dates or any real context. We went to the museum hoping to learn something about...More

Thank Berejam
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