Lao National History Museum

Attraction Lao National Museum Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
1.23 - 0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Lao National Museum in Vientiane is housed in one of the oldest remaining colonial buildings in Laos.The museum’s collection represents paleontology, archaeology, history and ethnology.

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Why Lao National History Museum is special ?

A visit to the Lao National Museum, also known as the Lao National History Museum, is an excellent way to learn about the history, culture and people of Laos while spending a couple of hours out of the sun. Many of the exhibits are a bit faded and the old French colonial building is falling apart, but the museum covers a lot of ground, from prehistoric times to the modern day.


Although the range of artifacts and photographs is not as comprehensive or as well organised as you might expect in a national museum, there are nonetheless some fascinating exhibits here. The ground floor houses a mixture of ancient items such as dinosaur bones, pottery shards and Khmer sculptures that trace the early history of the region.


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What to explore at Lao National History Museum?

The first rooms you come upon after entering the museum are filled with a hodgepodge of ancient artefacts like Khmer sculptures, dinosaur bones, pottery fragments, and a single jar from the Plain of Jars in Savannakhet.

The upstairs exhibits are better organised and trace the modern history of Laos from the Siamese invasions and eventual colonisation by the French through to revolution, communism and the American war.

The final room of the museum is a new display chronicling modern Laos' agricultural achievements and involvement with the ASEAN.

A small souvenir shop on the ground floor looks like it hasn't made a sale in decades and its modest inventory of booklets and handicrafts is coated with dust. Don't miss the museum's guest book near the exit; the comments from past guests are an amusing read and range from debates about the American War to random complaints about taxi rip-offs.

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How to get to Lao National History Museum?

You can easily walk, ride a rented bicycle, or take a tuk-tuk or jumbo to the National Museum from anywhere in central Vientiane. Thanon Samsenthai is one of the main boulevards in the city, and runs parallel with the river.

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Selling points

  • “Insight into Laos”
  • “Very good and new”
  • “Well laid out musueam”
  • “Well worth a visit”
  • “Good historical overview”
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  • Note that bags and cameras are not allowed, and you will have to check them in small lockers at the entrance.
    Things to do
  • Stop and sign the guestbook at the entrance, and read some of the amusing exchanges on communism.
    Things to do
  • Be prepared for many of the displays and their labels to show an anti-Western bias, describing the Americans in particular as ‘imperialists’.
    What to see
  • Well worth a visit particularly if you are interested in the history of this period.
    Experience
  • As there is mostly no air conditioning the building can get very warm, especially the upper floors
    Environment
  • Opening Hours: From 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00, seven days a week. Closed on public holidays.
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  • The Lao National Museum is located in the centre of town on Thanon Samsenthai, one block from the Lao Plaza Hotel and in front of the Tennis Club and the National Stadium.
    Location

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Во Вьентьяне открыли ресторан русской кухни "Mig Soviet"! Находимся в центре, напротив гост.Anou Parades/?In Vientiane opened Russian restaurant "Mig Soviet"! Located opposite the Hotel Anou Parades!

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Во Вьентьяне открыли ресторан русской кухни "Mig Soviet"! Находимся в центре, напротив гост.Anou Parades/?In Vientiane opened Russian restaurant "Mig Soviet"! Located opposite the Hotel Anou Parades!

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12~13, it's closed.

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there are many artifact of Laos Nation,have a Hochiminh statue in here

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Don't expect the Met or the British Museum, this dusty and rather small museum might leave you somewhat underwhelmed but it does give a great insight into Laos and, in the latter part, a deeper understanding of the ridiculous attitudes of politics!It is well laid out and there are some really good displays about Laos' history and culture. There is a lovely display case full of antique Buddha statues that are almost impossible to see because the gold and silver statues are so surrounded by security bars following a theft some time ago!But the modern history section where both the French colonial rulers and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era are entertainingly scolded in the most pejorative language by the communist victors!Perhaps the most entertaining explanation in the museum is the one that suggests the ivory carvings on show were almost donated by "sensible" elephants!

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Very well done musueam tracing the history of Laos as a country.Some of the items seen are a rare collection as well as some of the rare photographs of pre independence area

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By the side of the main road. An old building, not big. Limited exhibits - mostly statues and sculptures.

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Don't expect the Met or the British Museum, this dusty and rather small museum might leave you somewhat underwhelmed but it does give a great insight into Laos and, in the latter part, a deeper understanding of the ridiculous attitudes of politics! It is well laid out and there are some really good displays about Laos' history and culture. There is a lovely display case full of antique Buddha statues that are almost impossible to see because the gold and silver statues are so surrounded by security bars following a theft some time ago! But the modern history section where both the French colonial rulers and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era are entertainingly scolded in the most pejorative language by the communist victors! Perhaps the most entertaining explanation in the museum is the one that suggests the ivory carvings on show were almost donated by "sensible" elephants!

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There are many artifact of Laos Nation,have a Hochiminh statue in here

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