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The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC)

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is an independent, non-profit museum dedicated to the ethnic cultures in Laos.

Staff is extremely friendly and can answer any questions you have. The handful of exhibits are well curated, displaying traditional clothing, weaving looms, and household wares. Accompanying explanations are in Lao and English. Entry fees and donations go directly toward running TAEC and promoting cultural diversity and preservation. There's a small shop in the back selling textiles and housewares purchased directly from artisan communities.

Located in a historic building in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the first exhibition space in Laos dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of its traditional arts and lifestyles.

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre features museum exhibits on the ethnic cultures of Laos, a fair trade Museum Shop selling handicrafts from village artisans, and Le Patio Café, serving food and drinks with a view of the mountains.

As an advocate for the survival and transmission of the cultural heritage of Laos and a resource for the development of the traditional arts, the Centre is also involved in research, preservation and documentation of cultural artefacts, outreach and education, and livelihood development.  Please browse our website for more details of our work.