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Lao National Museum

Vientaine, Laos


This museum is housed in an old colonial structure built by the French as the office of the police commissioner. The Museum of the Revolution has photos, artifacts, and re-creations of the Lao struggle for independence against the French and Americans.

The museum features everything from dinosaur bones and sandstone sculptures of the Hindu god Shiva to machine guns and black-and-white photos of the Pathet Lao soldiers in action against the U.S.-backed regime. Archaeological finds and maps presented on the first floor help make a visit here worthwhile.

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