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A Visit to Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi

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Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi is a must-visit destination thanks to its quality and distinctive display, which is going to give tourists a golden chance to understand the beauty of Vietnamese women. Read on for our guide to this exceptional museum.

An Overview of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi has been chosen for three years in a roll - from 2012 to 2014 - as the top must-visit destinations by TripAdvisor. It is built in 1987 and is directly under the Vietnamese Women’s Association. Its primary functions are researching, storing, and preserving both tangible and intangible heritage, along with the cultural traits of Vietnam. This museum is also a cross-culture center for Vietnamese women and women from all over the world to foster equality, peace, and development.

Besides displaying annual exhibitions, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi often holds events about the images of Vietnamese women from the past to the present on special occasions such as International Women’s Day or Vietnamese Women’s Day (20/10). At these events, tourists can expect to explore all the precious traits of the women in Vietnam, from tenderness, traditionalism to courageousness, bravery, and hard-working.

Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Google Maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/pLMviz8NQDTx19Nf6

How to Get to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi?

There are many ways for tourists to visit this spectacular museum since it is located right on Ly Thuong Kiet Street, near various destinations in the Hanoi Old Quarter. Tourists can choose to grab a taxi or call a Grab for convenience. In case adventurousness is prioritized, catch a bus is not so difficult, buses number 08, 31, 36, and 49 can all have the job done.

When to Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi?

Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM daily

However, as mentioned above, on specific days, there will be special events held at the museum. Therefore, tourists are advised to check beforehand to have a complete experience.

The Entrance Fee of Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

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Tourists can purchase tickets online on the website of the museum, which is at: http://www.baotangphunu.org.vn/

- Entrance fee including an audio guide: VND 60,000
- Adults: VND 30,000
- Students: VND 10,000
- Children under 10 and the disabled: Free

Tickets can also be bought at the main entrance on the first floor.

A Closer Look at Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi is currently displaying more than 25,000 documents and objects related to Vietnamese women. This substantial number of memorabilia has contributed significantly to the success of the museum.

There are four floors in total at the museum; each represents different aspects of the lives of Vietnamese women.

First Floor – Main Entrance/Ticket Box/Museum Shop

The first impression of this floor must be the golden statue of a Vietnamese woman holding a child on her shoulder, which is called the “Vietnamese Mother”. The sculpture depicts the maternal love of Vietnamese women and is solemnly placed at the main entrance.

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Looking above, tourists can see partly the architecture of the museum, which is built based on a dome to take advantage of the natural sunshine

On the right side of the first floor, there is a museum shop where tourists can purchase any souvenirs of their likes.

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There are many souvenirs sold at this shop, from silk, cloth, bags, … to propaganda posters and postcards

Read more on What Souvenirs to Buy in Hanoi.

Second Floor – Women in Family

The second floor of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi mainly displays the life circle of a traditional Vietnamese woman, from being a woman - a wife and finally, a mother in different ethnic groups.

Firstly, tourists are likely to observe traditional Vietnamese wedding rituals in patrilineal and matrilineal societies.

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The illustrations for these rituals may include special objects such as engagement gifts or wedding costumes

Next up, the roles of Vietnamese women towards procreation are introduced.

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In this theme, the museum focuses on the desire for children, the practice to be pregnant, the birth, etc

Lastly, the importance of women in their daily lives presented.

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Household appliances in the past

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Vietnamese women do a lot of tasks every day to support their families such as cultivating, trading, sewing, pottery and raising children

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There is also a small cinema for tourists to explore a wedding in an ethnic group in Vietnam

Walking further, there is an exhibition of worshipping Mother Goddess with a genuinely real and mysterious ambiance.

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This traditional belief is demonstrated in 3 different aspects: Pure Heart – Beauty - Joy

Third Floor – Vietnamese Women in History

This floor of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi brings in the courageous image of women during the wars against strong enemies, the brave participation of them, and their roles as the firm rear for the front.

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Portraits of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers

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There are many documentary films and videos at the museum with subtitles

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Numerous propaganda posters during the wars are hung on the walls

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There is also a small corner that represents the image of modern Vietnamese women

Fourth Floor – Vietnamese Women’s Costumes

The floor is an extraordinary display of all different and various costumes from 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Here tourists can appreciate the skillfulness and creativity of the artisans, who have made the most complicated embroidery pieces of clothes.

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Different clothes from 54 ethnic groups are currently displayed and preserved

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There have been various styles of Ao dai during different periods since the past

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Dying teeth in black is a traditional custom of Vietnamese women in the past

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There is also a place for tourists to try wrapping a traditional scarf

Our Take on Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

With the fact of being a quality museum with the lofty message of honoring Vietnamese women’s values, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi is a destination that is highly recommended for tourists to pay a visit.

Read more on Southern Women's Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

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