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Lao National Museum

Learn more about the history, culture, and the people of Laos with a visit to the Lao National Museum.

The Lao National Museum is housed in an old French colonial building, and while some of the exhibits may be a bit faded, the museum covers a lot of Laotian history – from prehistoric times to modern day Laos.



The Lao National Museum is located in the Vientiane city centre on Thanon Samsenthai, a block from the Lao Plaza Hotel, and in from of the Tennis Club and National Stadium.


Opening Days and Hours

The Lao National Museum is open daily from 08:00 to 12:00, and 13:00 to 16:00, except on public holidays.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance fee costs LAK 10,000 (USD 1.20) per person.


How to Get There

Thanon Samsenthai is one of the main boulevards in the city of Vientiane, so you can easily walk, bike, or take a tuk-tuk to the Lao National Museum from about anywhere in the city.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families with kids


Time to Spend

You can spend one to two hours exploring the Lao National Museum.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

You can visit the museum any time, and it is a good option for days when you want to stay out of the sun.



Restaurants thet can be found near the Lao National Museum include:

  • Lao Kitchen
  • Samba Xayoh Brazilian Steakhouse
  • ATMO – L’ Atmosphere
  • Khop Chai Deu
  • Joma Bakery Cafe


Nearby Attractions

  • Wat Si Saket
  • Chao Anouvong Park
  • Ho Phra Keo
  • Black Stupa (That Dam)



Accommodations near the Lao National Museum include a number of inns and hotels, such as the Vientiane Golden Sun Hotel, Lao Plaza Hotel, Chanthapanya Hotel, and Vayakorn Inn. Prices range from USD 17 to USD 140.

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