Photo: Showed up right before the French.

Dinosaur museum

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Savannakhet’s dinosaur museum is a must, and it may be the best 10,000 kip you’ll ever spend—prepare yourself for T-Rex-riffic entertainment.

Ok, so the museum is entertaining because it’s so comically dull and poky, and not because it inspires awe like the Natural History Museum. Still, there are some very old dino bones that have been dug up right here in Savannakhet, some on display, others where the staff simply opened a large drawer and let us pick up pieces.

Bits and pieces. Photo taken in or around Dinosaur museum, Savannakhet, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Bits and pieces. Photo: Cindy Fan

How often do you get to nonchalantly hold bones that are possibly millions of years old?

All the descriptions are in Lao and French, leaving English readers to admire bone fragments without any context. There are also a range of fossils and rare stones, even some amusing toy shop figurines, cut outs and models to fill up the glass cases.

Showed up right before the French. Photo taken in or around Dinosaur museum, Savannakhet, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Showed up right before the French. Photo: Cindy Fan

The museum houses a few other maps showing where bones and relics have been dug up. The last dig was led by a French team in 1999-2000. The curator lamented the French have gone and left many holes but no money. Much is still to be unearthed in the province.

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Dinosaur museum

Corner of Chaimeuang and Kanthabuli Rd
Mo-Su 08:00-11:30 & 13:30-16:00

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