Laos National Museum was built by Laos government on March 13th, 1976. It was located in the center of the ancient city of Luang Prabang and ranks as the largest museum of the 10 museums in Laos. The museum was used as the royal museum before. Laos National Museum is a three-storey building with a total area of 3,000 square meters. The exhibition halls of different sizes cover an area of 1,000 square meters. The exhibition halls have various themes, covering the ancient culture and civilization of Laos in different historical stages.
Laos National Museum aims to show the prehistoric history and the subsequent historic development condition of Laos. It is the superexcellent place to know about the history and culture of Laos. At present, the National Museum aims to collect and display the works of art of different historical stages with Laos native characteristics. Besides, there are also some historical relics in the period of French colonial rule. Up till now, there have been about 12,000 important relics of various kinds. Meanwhile, Laos National Museum has also purchased some local crafts Shops and some artists’ private galleries, contributing to enriching the collections of works of art in the museum.
The exhibitions of the museum consist of the subject art show and the permanent exhibition. The subject art show is held twice a year, such as the modern photography exhibit of Luang Prabang and the fashionable dress exhibit of every nationality in Laos. The permanent exhibition mainly displays the imperial collection, accounting for one third of the total collections.