Lam Dong Museum houses thousands of artifacts that reflect the history of Da Lat, one of Vietnam’s most famous resort towns.
Lam Dong Museum is located on a hill in Ward 10 of Da Lat in the Central Highlands, covering three hectares. It houses over 15,000 artifacts pertaining to local nature, archeology, people and history.
To experience Da Lat a century ago, visit “Da Lat Now and Then”, which features the period in which the French planned on turning Da Lat into a resort area in the 1890s.
A century of diversified migration to Da Lat is represented by various regional costumes.
On the far right is a school uniform with a sweater worn over an ao dai, Vietnam’s traditional dress. Many schools in Da Lat still maintain the practice.
Da Lat used to be known as a resort town for French and upper class Vietnamese during the colonial time.
Most artifacts displayed in “Da Lat Now and Then” are of Western origin and were in common use among affluent families.
A wooden container inlaid with pearls was popular during the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last royal family (1802-1945), and used in Da Lat until the 1950s.
The altar of an upper class Vietnamese family of the 1930s-1950s reflects the synthesis between tradition and modernity.
Nguyen Anh Nguyet from Ho Chi Minh City said her daughter loves to learn about history and culture. They have visited multiple museums in Da Lat.
“If you want to learn about the history of Da Lat, Lam Dong Museum is the place to go,” Nguyet said.
In addition to artifacts, the museum also displays photos of Hoa Binh Square, Da Lat Market, the local train station, Cau Dat tea hill, and other popular attractions.
Lam Dong Museum is open weekdays from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Entrance is VND22,000 ($1).