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Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum, Phu Wiang
(4.5/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum is a geological museum mainly exhibiting fossils. It is under the administration of the Department of Mineral Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Royal Thai Government, and situated in the Khok Sanambin public area in Tambon Nai Muang, Wiang Kao district, Khon Kaen province in the northeastern region of Thailand. The museum was constructed with a budget from the Tourism Authority of Thailand under supervision of the Department of Mineral Resources and comprises an area of 40acre. It has been open to the public since 2001.Thailand’s first dinosaur discoveryBeginning in 1970, the US Geological Survey conducted a mineral exploration in Phu Wiang area of Khon Kaen province and discovered a type of uranium ore, coffinite, in association with copper ores, azurite and malachite. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) later joined in. Between 1975 and 1980, the Department of Mineral Resources had conducted a detail drilling program and in 1976 Sudham Yaemniyom, a geologist, discovered a piece of bone on a streambed, Huai Pratu Tima, of which was later identified as a distal part of left femur of a sauropod dinosaur (a large plant-eating dinosaur walking with 4 legs with long neck and long tail), regarded as the first dinosaur discovery of Thailand.
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  • Great place for kids and grown ups alike. Admission fee is only 60 Baht per person and it explains very well the history of the earth from the big bang to today. Unfortunately a bit remote and the res...  more »
  • this is a great attraction for kids especially,with giant scary dinasaurs,not sure of the price for adults,i think 60baht,but most age children are free.very busy at weekends. 
  • This place is very educational. There have been so many dinosaur finds here. This area was mainly vegetarian types whereas the other side of Khonkaen towards Kalasin are meat eaters. If you look on Go...  more »
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  • Good place for learn about dinosaur and you can see a lot of fossil and bones of dinosaur. This place is the first dinosaur museum in Thailand.
  • Interesting museum, lots to see including moving dinosaurs. Practically all of the signs are bilingual Thai and English. A bit hard to find, because the road signs are incomplete.
  • Good museum, nicely done with lots of information
  • Not extensive, but a nice little museum.
  • Amazing and we'll done