|Gallery 3: Archaeological Work In Ban Chiang Display|
The National Museum BAN CHIANG is a compound consisting of three buildings situated in a fenced in park like setting. The museum first opened to the public in 1981. In 2006 renovation of the museum were started with the museum reopening to the public in 2010.
Visitors to the museum first go to the HRH Princess Sri Nagarindra, the Princess Mother Building. This building is where you pay entrance fees to the museum. There is also a small snack bar, souvenir shop, and an auditorium. The museum is open everyday except for Mondays from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. The cost for Thai people is 30 Baht ($1.00) and 150 Baht ($5.00 USD) for foreigners.
The second building, The Galyani Vadhana Building, houses 9 galleries on two levels. The galleries are:
Gallery 1: His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Ban Chiang
Displays and photographs documenting the visit on March 20, 1972 of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirkit to the Ban Chiang excavation site.
|2300 - 1800 Year Old Pot|
Gallery 2: Archaeology In Ban Chiang
Exhibits related to Thai and foreign archaeological work in the area.
Gallery 3: Archaeological Work In Ban Chiang
One of my favorite galleries - it recreates the work environment during the 1974-1975 excavation by the University of Pennsylvania.
Downstairs from the previous galleries, Gallery 4 is a reproduction of excavation pits.
Gallery 5: Artifacts from the Excavation at Wat Pho Sri Nai
Pottery, stone tools, iron tools, and bronze ornaments from an excavation site 500 meters east of the museum.
Gallery 6: Prehistoric Culture of Ban Chiang
Several dioramas showing prehistoric pottery making, weaving, metal making, hunting, and farming in the ban Chiang area.
Gallery 7: Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age
Another of my favorite galleries which is adapted from a 1982 to 1986 international traveling exhibition organized by the University of Pennsylvania.
|Human Bronze Age Remains|
|Evidence of Early Surgery|
|Long Before Coke, Pepsi - Humans Had Periodontal Disease|
Gallery 8: Ban Chiang: A World Heritage Site
A gallery related to Ban Chiang's selection as UNESCO World Heritage Site Number 359.
Gallery 9: Distribution of Ban Chiang Culture Sites
Since 1972, 127 prehistoric sites associated with the Ban Chiang culture have been discovered in the Sakon Nakon basin here in Northeast Thailand. This galley displays many artifacts from the various sites.
The third building of the museum houses a gallery that is related to the Tai Phuan people, a minority from Laos, that settled Ban Chiang 200 hundred years ago. For some inexplicable reason, we did not visit the gallery or the nearby archaeological pit at Wat Pho Sri Nai. Perhaps it was destiny - to reaffirm my desire and need to return in the future to photograph rice planting and rubber cultivation in the vicinity.