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Permanent exhibitions

           Permanent exhibitions in Museum of Anthopology are classified into three big groups: Archaeology, Ethnology and Traditional Vietnamese Culture

With Archaeology exhibition, visitors will be able to see with their own eyes (in some cases, feel with their own hands) artifacts in various materials which reveal lifestyle, behaviours, natural and social environments of different communities in time and space.
Archaeology exhibition is divided into 2 groupsalt
1. Exhibitions of collections typical by periods or archaeological cultures from the Old Stone Age to the Nguyen dynasty. Artifacts from many different regions reflect the process of fielding and excavating of staff and students of the previous Hanoi University and the present University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Besides these artifacts, the system of map, diagrams, sketches and pictures creates vivid contexts and shows the close relation between artifacts and cultural stratumand sites. Even though the number of artifacts is not very high, the Archaeology exhibition in Museum of Anthropology has satisfied the criteria of educational exhibitions: Representative, Comprehensive, User-friendly, Accurate and Catching. Besides artifacts common in each culture, Museum of Anthropology also possesses several original pieces such as jade bracelets and beads (pre-Dong Son culture in Red River Delta); amulet in shape of bufalo head dated to Go Mun culture (about 3000 years ago); collection of Dong Son’s bronze drums and tools; Sa Huynh’s clay coffin jars (over 2000 years ago); Cham’s end tiles (about 1600 – 1500 years ago), Luy Lau’s decorative bricks (about 1,600 years ago); Ly and Tran ceramic, Xom Trai Gom’s collection of earthernwares, stonewares and ceramic (16th 18th centuries)…
2. Open exhibitions include pottery and stone artifacts which belonged to pre- and pronto historic cultures of Vietnam. Museum of Anthropology is a centre for the research and training of Archaeology, as well as the archiving of many collections of artifacts which belonged to different Vietnamese archaeological cultures; therefore the strengths of the museum lie in the artifacts in clay, stone and metal, which are classified and arranged according to periods and cultures. The aim of the museum is for researchers and students to be able to easily access and utilize these pieces. Researchers and students can access these in two ways: i. Visit and work with them in the Museum and ii. View them on the website of the museum. In the future, the museum will gradually make available to public the complete database which was being systematized and digitalized.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of archaeological, paleobiological, paleoanthropological, and traditional culture artifacts were discovered by chance and most of them disappear before the researchers become aware. With our exhibitions of artifacts, we hope to attract the attention of students and the public to the maintenance and preservation of national cultural vestiges and artifacts. Please contact us if you have any information.
 Exhbition of Ethnology and Traditional Vietnamese culturesalt
The exhibition room – 80m2 on the 4th floor is used to introduce the cultures of Vietnames ethnic groups. In the limited display space, items are arranged to be exhibited according to different aspects of human life, such as:
·                                 Productive activities: production tools, in particular production tools of different method of cultivation
·                                 Religious activities: Instruments used for different purposes: wedding, funerals, festivals
·                                 Attiring activities includes costumes, accessories and items related to weaving which are also categorized according to styles, functions, techniques… according to decorated patterns,colours and symbolic meanings of patterns on these items.
·                                 Culinary activities: exhibit different types of kitchens, utensils, tools, dishes, etiquettes, rituals, ceremonies
·                                 Besides, ethnological artifacts are displayed according to specific themes. For example: fishing tools, fruit-picking tools, even zooming in on different types of hooks, nets, different types of arrows and bows or traps… These instruments are displayed according to ethnicities in conjunction with functions.
In fact, non-material cultural heritages are contained in each specific artifact of Archaeology, Ethnology, Cultural History.. e.g. costumes, cuisines.. when put in the context of rituals and ceremonies of festivals, seasonal rituals , rituals related to human cicle, all cary multiple meanings. Here we collect, preserve, maintain and utilize these heritages using modern methods and technologies.
Languages of different ethnicities are displayed in written format, documents from ancient to present time (Thai, Khmer, Cham, Nôm Dao, Nôm Tày, Chữ H'Mông, Êđê, Giarai or the official language…). Here we especially focus on exhibiting signaling symboys such as Thai “ta leo”, time-signal flags, drums, toscins, watch announcing tomtoms, horns...
A corner in the exhibition room is dedicated to exhibiting artifacts relating to traditional handicrafts such as pottery making, folk painting, jewellery making…




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