The Khon Kaen National Museum was opened by His Majest,y King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 20th of December, 1972. Most of the exhibits are concerned with history, art, and archaeology. Besides the museum's permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are set up throughout the year.Exhibits in the museum include:The geography and geology of the prehistoric periodSettlements, utensils, burial rituals, and major archaeological findingsAncient cities and communitiesPeriod of recorded historyDvaravati cultureBai sema boundary markers, religion and beliefs, costumes, script, architecture, votive tablets, archaeological objects taken from the Muang Fa Daet Song Yang excavation site, Kamalasai District Kalasin Province.Khmer or Lopburi CultureAncient cities and communities, religion and beliefs, ceramics, Thai-Lao cultureEvolution of art in Thailand Muang Khon KaenTraces of the past, history of the city, way of life, folk culture. The Khon Kaen National Museum has gathered its collection from archaeological sites within North and Eastern Thailand (in particular, finds from Ban Chiang in Udon Thani province, which has been given UNESCO heritage site status). For a museum of its size, it has an extensive scope; Issan (or northeastern Thailand), once home to the Ban Chiang, Dvaravati, Lopburi and Khmer civilizations. Khon Kaen has played an important role in the area’s history.