Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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Buys 4 books to distribute on village visits.

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a museum in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. It is the only independent non-profit museum and resource centre in Laos dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country's many and diverse ethnic groups.

TAEC was founded in 2006 and opened its doors in July 2007, featuring professional exhibitions on the ethnic cultures of Laos, a Museum Shop promoting handicrafts from village artisans, and Le Patio Cafe.

In its first four years, TAEC welcomed over 38,000 Lao and international visitors, and has rapidly emerged as a regional leader in cultural heritage management and community development. Today, the Centre is engaged in a broad range of museum and community engagement activities, reflecting its commitment to supporting living ethnic minority communities to preserve and promote their cultural heritage while looking towards the future.

Explore our website ( to learn more about our work: Developing engaging and professional permanent and temporary Exhibitions; Fostering learning and awareness through Education and Community Outreach; Documenting masterpieces of material culture in our Collection; Supporting sustainable income-generation opportunities through our Advocacy and Livelihoods programmes; and Conducting and facilitating Research in and with ethnic communities.

TAEC's Vision To become a centre for learning and exchange on the ethnology and artisanal heritage of Laos that promotes appreciation for the cultures and skills of Laos' peoples, stimulates investment and preservation of their crafts, and supports their sustainable livelihood development.

TAEC's Mission To promote pride and appreciation for the cultures and knowledge of Laosê diverse peoples, support ethnic communities to safeguard their tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and promote their sustainable livelihood development.

Basic materials to expand school outreach activities, profit that a village handicraft producer earns from making a coin purse, transportation to bring one class to the TAEC for their first museum experience.

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is open from 9 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. We also hold free cultural events such as talks, handicraft workshops and demonstrations at the Centre. Special seminars can be arranged both onsite or at your hotel with a prior reservation ([email protected]).

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