Sirindhorn is a museum and also a research center, containing the most complete and largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Southeast Asia. Sirindhorn Museum is located in Kalasin province, a significant dinosaur fossil excavation site in the Northeast of Thailand. The Kalasin province is also well known for its Phuthai culture, Phraewa silk, and Lampao reservoir.
The museum is the first dinosaur fossil museum in Thailand establishing for the purposes of study and research, preserving the fossils as references, and geological tourism. The museum is composed of a research building for dinosaur fossils and others vertebrate, and an exhibition building, and is opened to public. The museum makes many impressive records including the largest fossil collection rooms in the Southeast Asia.
The museum is approximately 34 kilometres north of Kalasin province. Accessibility is possible by the highway no.227. Just 3 kilometres before Sahatsakhan district turn right to Wat Sakawan, visitors can see the diversity of dinosaur models standing to welcome in front of the museum.
Location : Sirindhorn Museum Tambon Nonburi, Amphoe Sahatsakhan, Kalasin 46140
Fee : Adult 100 Baht, Child 50 Baht
Dinosaur fossil sites at Phu Kum Khao
Phra Kru Vijitsahassakun, the abbot of Wat Sakawan, found dinosaur fossils at Phu Kum Khao, Sahassakhan district, Kalasin Province in 1994. Department of Mineral Resources researchers excavated the fossils later the same year and found that Phu Kum Khao is the complete herbivore dinosaur site in Thailand.
The museum project started in 1995 due to the discovery of dinosaur fossils at Wat Sakkawan. The fossils discover is a prime evidence for study and research and can be used as world class references since they are new species and kinds.
8 exhibition zones
The 1st zone : The Origin of the Earth and Universe
The 1st zone is home to the exhibition of the Earth and Universe, where visitors can trace back to the Big Bang, the primeval explosion that turned the flying debris into galaxies, stars, and planets.
The 2nd zone : The Origin of the Living Things
Life first evolved after the meteorite collision with the Earth and volcanic eruption. Living things are enormously complex and originated in a series of small steps. Geotectonic and geological time scale in the museum helps explain the significant evolutions.
The 3rd zone: Paleozoic Era
Life began in the ocean but eventually transitioned onto land, and by the late Paleozoic. Towards the end of the era, large, sophisticated reptiles were dominant and the first modern plants appeared.
The 4th zone : Mesozoic Era, Thai dinosaur
The 4.1st zone : Mesozoic Era
Pangaea was a supercontinent that existed during the Late Paleozoic and Early Mesozoic eras. Warm climate and deserts in the inland regions of supercontinent led to the origin of reptiles. As Pangaea drifted, it started to show signs of breaking apart. Many older reptiles disappeared in several mass extinctions, giving way to new species.
The 4.2nd zone: Thai dinosaur
A variety of dinosaurs such as The ropodsorcarnivorous dinosaur, Sauropod and Psittacosaurus or herbivorous dinosaurs lived in Thailand during Mesozoic era. The exhibition room demonstrates all types of dinosaur fossils found in Thailand.
The 5th zone: Dinosaurs in Thailand
This zone presents dinosaur’s diet, hunting, self defense and its baby sitting. The visitors will enjoy the amazement and vivid perspectives of the dinosaur life.
The 6th zone: Bring life to dinosaur
Phu Kum Khao help us to understand dinosaur life despites its extinction 65 million years ago. The visitors can see the working process in the largest laboratory in the region as well as the dinosaur fossils collections.
The 7th zone: Cenozoic Era
This zone depicts the mammal evolution. The visitors can see the related lineage examples of the mammal evolution through elephant, horse, rhinosaurus, whale, bat, and the main mammal groups. These mammals are the consequences from the evolution 65 million years ago
The 8th zone: Human being
Depicts the area of applied geology including the geohazards such as landslide, volcano eruption, earthquake, and tsunami in order to raise awareness among the public.
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