Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a social enterprise located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Since 2007, it is the only independent 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 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.   

TAEC features professional exhibitions on the ethnic cultures of Laos, a Museum Shop promoting fair trade, locally produced handicrafts from village artisans, activity centre, library, and a café serving cold refreshments. In addition, the TAEC Boutique on the main street in Ban Vat Sene, promotes locally made handicrafts including the exclusive Heirloom Collection. The Heirloom Collection features products made by master artists and certified for authenticity.

To date, TAEC has welcomed over 200,000 Lao and international visitors, and has become a regional leader in cultural heritage management and community development. 

TAEC’s exhibit information is in Lao and English, with French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean translations also available in booklet form.


Exhibitions and events

Voices of the Wind: Traditional Instruments in Laos

Temporary exhibition until 22.09.2020

This is TAEC’s first major venture into ethnomusicology, and features an immersive approach to exhibition design, including re-creations of a Hmong khaen  maker’s workshop and a Tai Dam...

(H)mong: New Years Celebrations

Permanent exhibition

(H)mong: New Years Celebrations offers an insight into the colourful courtship traditions of Hmong New Year. The (H)mong New Year takes place between December and January, depending on the lunar...

Akha: The Diversity of An Ethnic Group

Permanent exhibition

Akha – The Diversity of An Ethnic Group demonstrates the subtle differences between three sub-groups of the Akha people – the Luma, Akha Nuqui, and Akha Pouly Nyai. Traditionally inhabiting the...

Tai Dam: Handmade Bedding Materials

Permanent exhibition

Tai Dam: Handmade Bedding Materials  showcases the textiles prepared by women prior to marriage . They include mattresses, pillows, blankets, curtains, and mosquito nets. Composed of cloth made...

Kmhmu: Baskets and Back Strap Looms

Permanent exhibition

Kmhmu: Baskets and Back Strap Looms   explores the versatility and beauty of bamboo basketry and woven textiles created on back strap or “body tension” looms. Well known for their superior...

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