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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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Address: | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
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+856 71 253 364
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09:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Opened in 2007, TAEC is a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions...

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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A small but well presented museum that gives an introductory understanding of the various ethnic groups of Laos with some information about their languages, skills, etc.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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A small but well presented museum that gives an introductory understanding of the various ethnic groups of Laos with some information about their languages, skills, etc.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tiny museum full of objects and informations. The exhibition on job'tear pearls around the world is unique and enlightening. Don't miss the shop with good quality locally made handcrafted items.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits and good explanations. The attached shop is well worth browsing for good quality local crafts. They also have an outlet on the main street.

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Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a very informative and interesting visit to the TAEC museum in Luang Prabang. Our guide explained about the different ethnic groups that live in Laos along with beautiful displays of ethnic clothing and jewerly make from job tears seeds. Also located at the museum is a gift shop that sells high quality handicrafts made by the local groups in... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a non-profit museum devoted to increase the traditions of different ethnic groups in Laos.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits are informative. Probably the best is the shop in the museum. The handcrafts are higher quality than those at the night market. The silk and batik scarves are quite unique and absolutely gorgeous. The double sided sun hat is another great design. The tag on each product has a snippet of producer of the tribal village. With 50%... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice visit. Interesting explanations from the guide. A good introduction about ethnology and handcraft in Laos.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small museum packs in a lot of cultural information into a few informative and well paced exhibits. The curation is engaging, and the crafts displayed are exemplary - a much better approach than museums that showcase hundreds of similar objects of varying quality. Those interested in textiles and fiber arts will be especially rewarded.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though this is a small museum, it is well worth it. I found it quite well organised and curated, with exhibits to the level of top museums around the world. It is much better than the hill tribe museum we visited in Chiang Rai. If you plan to buy handicrafts, I encourage you to visit the museum first, as... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full of information about the different tribes & cultures in Laos. Nice handicraft items that can be a beautiful memory of your trip.

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