Sapa Museum is a place to preserve and display artifacts associated with real life and the daily culture of ethnic groups living in Lao Cai province and the Northwest region of Vietnam.
There are currently about 200 specimens on display here. These artifacts were collected and simulated from local families and ethnic communities of H’Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, Ha Nhi, and Xa Pho living in Lao Cai province and nearby.
Visit the museum:
Sapa Museum consists of a 2-story small wooden house located on the campus of the Lao Cai Province Tourism Promotion and Information Center.
- Address: 02 Fansipan Street, SaPa Town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours: Morning from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, and afternoon from 1:30 to 17:00
- Ticket price: Free
Visiting this attraction is the simplest and fastest way to help you get an overview of the lifestyle of the ethnic groups residing in this region and discover the diversity in Vietnamese culture.
Highlights in this museum:
The first impression when visiting the Sapa museum is that many traditional costumes of ethnic groups living in Lao Cai province are on display. Colorful costumes with unique styles always attract viewers. All of them are handicraft products created by local people.
In its other small corners, there are unique models to recreate the daily culture of ethnic people here; for example, a loom model to introduce to you how the local people create cloth and brocade.
A model recreates the scene of a small family gathering around the fire, which aims to introduce the culture of considering the kitchen as the center of the house in the lives of mountainous people.
Another corner is a space simulating the wedding ceremony of the Red Dao people. You can see images of a bride and groom wearing colorful traditional wedding costumes performing their significant ceremony.
Besides, there are the artifacts of the “Cấp Sắc” – Sac ritual of the Red Dao community, which tell the vital celebration for men to be recognized for their maturity.
In addition, coming to the museum, you will see miniature versions of stilt houses and soil houses typical of the Ha Nhi, Tay, Giay, and H’mong people. Next to them are decorative objects that represent aesthetic elements and cultural worship and spirituality that exist in daily life in this region.
The museum also preserves valuable specimens to reflect the history of the long development of Sapa. These artifacts are carefully displayed on a few shelves quite neatly, convenient for viewers.
Another interesting point is an area selling small and beautiful souvenirs with local imprints, such as bags, clothes, and small decorative objects made from brocade. Choose to buy a few items as gifts for your trip to give to yourself, friends, or relatives.
Although the Sapa Museum has collected many artifacts, from the writer’s perspective, this place is small compared to the colorful culture in the charmful mountainous region of Northwest Vietnam.
Therefore, to explore all the beauty in these mountainous areas, please plan an itinerary to travel through the Northwest arc. This journey will give you more adventurous and exciting experiences.