Get Involved

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is an independent, non-profit cultural organisation. It is not a government museum, and receives no regular funding. The Centre began with seed money from grants and private investors, and keeps its doors open today through the sale of entry tickets and proceeds from the TAEC Museum Shop

There are many ways in which you can support our work:

Make a donation

As you probably guessed, most of all – we need money!

In order to undertake new projects, such as educational programs for local children, artefact conservation, or new exhibitions, the Centre must seek funding and donations. You can choose to nominate how your donation is used, if you wish. If you are US-based, it is possible to make a tax-exempt donation through our umbrella 501(c)(3) status organisation, the Luang Prabang Fund for Culture and Conservation.

Write a review of your experience at TAEC on the internet

Your review on websites such as TripAdvisor or in tourism and airline magazines encourages other people to visit TAEC – and every ticket sold contributes directly to our work. If you have a website or blog, you could add a link to our site too! If we weren’t listed in your guidebook (and even if we were) you can also write to them to tell them how important it is for travellers to learn about the country’s cultures at TAEC.

Shop at TAEC

TAEC Shops stock authentic handicrafts made by ethnic minority artisans using traditional skills and materials. More contemporary TAEC products use traditional handicraft techniques for modern designs. Operating according to fair-trade principles, TAEC Shops support over 600 artisans in rural villages across Laos. For most items, 50% of the price supports ethnic minority artisans and 50% supports museum operations. Your purchase at TAEC directly contributes to sustainable livelihoods for rural ethnic minority women and men in Laos.

Work with us as a volunteer

TAEC is lucky to have a dedicated team of local staff; however, there are certain areas in which we need the assistance of skilled volunteers. Currently, we would like to hear from people interested to support our work in: fundraising, online retail, library sciences, photo cataloguing,website design, graphic design, product design and merchandising,accounting and financial management, exhibition design, and collections care. Please contact us if you would like to discuss volunteering here in Luang Prabang or from your home.

Donate useful equipment or materials

TAEC has a wish list of office equipment and museum materials that would make a huge difference to the quality and efficiency of our work. For example, we would love to have a large format colour laser printer, a new laptop, and a television for screening videos in the exhibitions. We always need archival storage materials such as Tyvek, acid-free tissue, foam-core, foam padding and archival boxes. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a donation of equipment.

Recommend us to potential sponsors and donors

Do you work for a company with a corporate responsibility plan? Do you know someone who works for a philanthropic foundation? We can use your help in raising our profile to corporate and philanthropic supporters worldwide.

"Like" us on Facebook and join our mailing list

TAEC produces a short bimonthlynewsletter, with updates about our latest projects. Read past newsletters and sign up to the mailing list. Visit our Facebook page at and "Like" us to see photos and news.

A young Lahu woman sewing a traditional hair ornament Children trying out paper making at the 2010 Ethnic Cultural Festival Adults and children enjoy reading the Big Brother mouse books TAEC distributes A foreign visitor learning how to weave a bamboo basket from Kmhmu artisans