Experience and education at Dak Lak Museum

Museum experience and education is a common trend of the museums in the world and region. In Vietnam, the forms of educational experience is a regular activity in major museums such as Vietnam National Museum of History, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnamese People Museum of Culture, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Vietnamese Women's Museum, etc.

In recent years, Dak Lak Museum has gradually implemented the education through the following experience activities. Firstly, organizing exchange programs with historical witnesses at the Museum. This activity is held frequently, especially on the important anniversary occasions of the Army and Dak Lak province such as Buon Ma Thuot victory on March 10th, 1975. On these occasions, Dak Lak Museum invites the former leaders of the Buon Ma Thuot historic battle to tell about events and stories out of the battlefield including food solutions, military organization, etc. At the exchange sections, the young generation, especially students can be talked and interacted with those who were directly took part in the historical event to get a lot of useful information. This is one of the most effective activities for school education. Secondly, facilitating visitors to interact directly with the objects on display. The visitors will be enabled to visit and spend many experiences by getting access to objects on displays such as Kpan bench, Kpan khoc bench and musical instruments. This experience activity has attracted the public’s attention because it brings a lot of inspiration and emotion. The visitors at any ages feel very interesting standing by or sitting on the Kpan and listening to the museum guide telling about the story of the Kpan and the visitors can take pictures here. Thirdly, experience handicrafts such as fabric weaving, earthenware and musical instruments making. Experiencing traditional bamboo weaving, fabric weaving, making and playing musical instruments with the Ede artisans, and making the earthenware products under the guidance of the M'nong artisans are a natural way for visitors to drown in the full of valuable cultural space of the Central Highlands. Introducing tourism by creating a connection between culture and visitors is the way Dak Lak Museum’s wishes to preserve and promote cultural values ​​in the present situation of cultural exchange. Fifthly, experience the “then” singing, enjoy the Tay’s food, bamboo dancing, “Ném còn”- clothball of cereal grain-throwing game. In the spacious area of Dak Lak Museum, the visitors can be with the “then” singing tunes of the Tay, experience themselves with the various folk games. From the laugh while joining in the folk games, we hope that after the tour at Dak Lak Museum, each visitor will be an ambassador bring culture of the Central Highlands further and more well-known. Dak Lak Museum has gradually achieved initial results in the implementation of educational experience, but there are still some inadequacy. Contents and forms of experience activities are still simple. There has been no functional room for discovery, experience and interaction. On the other hand, the propaganda staffs are still few, so the contents and forms of experience activities haven’t been popularized widely to the public. However, Dak Lak Museum is constantly to study and renovate awareness and thinking, especially innovation in propaganda and education. Making intensive researches and investments to develop public education programs at the Museum to bring highly effectiveness. Research and building the discovery room equipped with hi-tech facilities, connecting the experience contents with historical and cultural issues in order to attract young people. In the next time, on the basis of what has been being done and what getting from studying and exchanging experience with the other museums, Dak Lak Museum will continue to study and improve the quality, expand the scope and forms of activities to make the educational experience of the Museum better, responding the increasing demands of the public.

Exchange with the historical witnesses at Dak Lak Museum

Visitors take pictures on the Kpan bench

Playing musical instruments with the Ede artisan

Making earthenware with the Mnong artisan

Listening to “then” singing and enjoying the Tay’s food

Preparation for the folk game experience

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