Thailand, Japan dinosaur museums join forces

Officials signs the sister museum partnership
Officials signs the sister museum partnership

Thailand and Japan have agreed to establish a partnership between the two countries’ dinosaur museums.

The Sirindhorn Dinosaur Museum of Thailand in Kalasin, northeast Thailand, and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, located in the Chubu region of Japan, will now become “sister museums”. The move is expected to facilitate the sharing of academic knowledge, joint study and research projects, fossil preservation and the development of geological tourism.

The agreement was initiated after the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum borrowed fossil samples from Sirindhorn Dinosaur Museum for a special display.

“For many years, the Sirindhorn Museum has played a pivotal role in the study and research on geology and palaeontology, and geological tourism,” said Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

“Each year, tourists travel from afar to see the many dinosaur fossil exhibits here. This agreement to establish a sister museum relationship with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum will certainly help enhance the awareness of the museum and the people’s interest in geological tourism, resulting in more tourism spending in Kalasin.”

Sirindhorn Museum became Thailand’s first dinosaur fossil museum when it opened in 1995, while Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum opened in 2000 and is generally considered one of the world’s three great dinosaur museums, along with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Canada and the Zigong Dinosaur Museum in China.

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