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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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Very interesting! I would like to see actual ethnic members dressed in costume greeting visitors. As well as a movie or short film on the ethnic cultures David Thomas... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting! I would like to see actual ethnic members dressed in costume greeting visitors. As well as a movie or short film on the ethnic cultures David Thomas Jones Vancouver BC Canada

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum gives a great background to a visit to Luang Prabang and to Laos in general. Smallish but a lovely collection and well interpreted, and after visiting I felt much more knowledgeable in going on to buy textiles, silver and other handcrafts in Laos. The museum shop is a gem too - beautiful fair trade goods of a really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was eager to visit this small museum and shop. The interpretive information was well presented, and I especially appreciated the store staff who were ready to explain the origins and use of the textiles for sale. You can pay less at the night market, but you'll know what you bought here. Don't miss the display out back that helps... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent small museum, shop and café just outside the centre of town. Emphasis is on the large number of ethnic groups who make up Laos, their origins and costumes. A potentially dry subject but well presented and informative. A small entrance fee should not put you off. Limited offerings in the café, but pleasant surroundings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I and our two teenagers really had no idea what to expect from the TAEC but were entranced with the beautiful costume and craft displays. We found the exhibition just big enough to provide useful background information without going overboard. It's definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum was very educational and I found very interesting. However, my husband said that the exhibit lacked depth and he wished they had better explanations of what the artifacts were and how they were used. One thing that we wanted to do but had no time was to take a weaving class there. Overall it was a good experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibition about the job's tears "seeds of culture" ist very interesting and beautifully presented. Everything exposed in the TAEC is done with a lot of respect for preserving cultural diversity in Laos and opens the visitor's eyes. I'll be back to see your next exhibition as well. It's only a short walk from the center of the town.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A short walk from the centre of town, this small arts centre gives a view of the different traditional arts and crafts across the country. We did not have an official guide, but wandered around the exhibitions which were clearly labelled and well explained. Small cafe which we did not use. An interesting hour spent gathering some background information about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small museum, but it is quality rather than quantity. If you want to know about the different peoples of this country and their crafts this is the place to visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting visit that gave plenty of insight into the minority ethnic tribes of northern Thailand. Shame about the displays. Very unimaginative. Questionable about whether it's worth the entrance fee? Yes, if you really want to know more about the ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. If not, don't bother.

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TAECLAOS, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are sorry to hear that you found our displays unimaginative -- we've made an effort to make our exhibits interesting and accessible for all audiences, young and old, Lao and foreign, western and Asian. We are a bit confused, as our exhibits focus on the changing lifestyles of Laos' ethnic groups -- not northern... More 

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