“When visitors cannot come to the Museum, we bring the Museum to their homes.”

Dec 18, 2020

In challenging times, women’s museums are resilient and responding…

The exterior of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum

The exterior of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Vietnamese Women’s Museum’s Adapts to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has made it difficult for visitors from around the world to visit Vietnam and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum. Therefore, the Museum has diversified its activities to adapt to the situation, adopting the motto: When visitors cannot come to the Museum, we bring the Museum to their homes.

Using different platforms to promote the Museum

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum has shifted focus to online platforms as a means of connecting with domestic and international visitors. The first project was  upgrading the Museum’s website. The Museum also created interesting educational content during the lockdown. For example, it produced a series of five video clips on YouTube to tell stories behind the Museum’s artifacts and introduce the history and culture of Vietnamese women to viewers of different demographics. Using social media platforms such as Facebook to tell stories about objects at the Museum has been an effective way to attract and engage a wider audience during the time of social distancing.

The new version of the museum's website

The new version of the Museum’s website is more mobile friendly and attractive.

The hand washing dance video by the Museum’s staff received more than 4,900 views on YouTube. The dance was popular in Vietnam during the Covid-19 pandemic and helped encourage people to wash their hands regularly:

Educational YouTube Videos by the Vietnamese Women's Museum

The staff of the Museum produced educational videos on YouTube

The Vitenamese Women's Museum participating in global online campaigns

The Museum participated in global online campaigns and programs including Museum Week, #EachforEqual Campaign

Vietnamese Women's Museum created content for social media

Different types of content including short stories, infographics, and video clips were created for social media.

Vietnamese Women's Museum adds one more language to audio guides, Spanish

The Museum has completed and is ready to launch the 6th language Audio Guide – Spanish

One of the highlights of the Museum’s activities before and during the Covid-19 pandemic was the production of the documentary Making Our Place. The documentary was produced as part of the TRYSPACE Hanoi Project – a research project about public space in Hanoi. The documentary helps raise awareness about building a safe city for women and young girls. It was selected and screened at the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, organized by UN-Habitat, and was shown at the 2020 Better City Film Festival in Detroit (USA). It won the prize for the Best Next Gen Film at the Better Cities Film Festival Awards. This recognition was an honor for the Museum and an opportunity to promote the Museum and its activities to international audiences.

The documentary Making Our Place tells emotional stories of migrant workers and their lives in public spaces in Hanoi

The documentary Making Our Place tells emotional stories of migrant workers and their lives in public spaces in Hanoi

Because of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic for traditional exhibition activities, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum created and launched three online exhibitions on its new website to share information about the history and legacies of Vietnamese women with a wide range of audiences. The exhibitions help educate younger generations about patriotism and pride through content and images carefully designed and edited by VWM’s curators.

The online exhibition Nguyen Thi Dinh: The General with the Khan ran

The online exhibition Nguyen Thi Dinh: The General with the Khan ran

The online exhibition The Hearts For Peace

The online exhibition The Hearts For Peace

Collecting cultural and historical artifacts through distance networking

As Covid-19 hit, VWM’s plan to travel to different provinces in Vietnam to collect cultural and historical artifacts was dropped. During the social distancing period in Hanoi, the Museum’s staff developed an initiative to build a network of organizations that have common interest in collecting cultural and historical artifacts. One of these organizations was the Soldiers’ Heart Club in Vietnam. Thanks to the initiative, the Museum has received donations of hundreds of valuable objects and memorabilia from soldiers and their families. The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is actively collaborating with the soldiers to broaden its acquisitions for the current time as well as for the future.

Objects donated by wartime soldiers (left) and the signing ceremony of collaboration between the Vietnamese Women’s Museum and the Soldiers’ Heart Club (right)

Objects donated by wartime soldiers (left) and the signing ceremony of collaboration between the Vietnamese Women’s Museum and the Soldiers’ Heart Club (right)

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