Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

in Luang Prabang, Laos

More than a museum to visit and a boutique for fine handicrafts, TAEC is the only independent resource centre in Laos dedicated to the country's many and diverse ethnic groups.

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Cultural Immersion and Family Friendly


$12-25 /person
Approximate prices. Join a guided tour or craft workshop at the museum. Some free tours are also available!



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Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
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Speaks: Other Local Language and English

Why Lokal Recommends Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre


Social Enterprise started in 2006| Local/Foreign Owned with 85% local staff

A Unique Story

Founded in 2006, TAEC collects, preserves, and interprets the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups. The doors opened in July 2007 with professional exhibitions on the ethnic cultures of Laos, and a museum shop promoting handicrafts from village artisans.

Community Connection

TAEC is a founding member of Fair Trade Laos. They run a comprehensive livelihoods program that supports supplementary income for ~600 producers of traditional Lao handicrafts. They also employ local women to serve as community researchers.


TAEC exhibitions and handicrafts celebrate the diverse ethnic cultures of Laos. Since 2007, TAEC has produced 11 exhibitions and maintains a collection of over 400 objects from 30 ethnic groups. They also operate a small research library which is open to the public, offer ethnic handicraft workshops and create short videos about Lao culture


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