The National Museum houses the largest collection of ancient artifacts, art, and antiques from all over Thailand. The main exhibition is divided into time periods ranging from prehistoric through to the current Rattanakosin era. The ancient sculptures and the royal funeral chariots are particularly impressive.
Ancient Siam is an open-air museum set in beautifully landscaped grounds on the outskirts of Bangkok. It features over 120 replicas of Thailand’s most famous historical attractions. It’s one of the best places in Thailand to learn about, and enjoy the countries rich history, culture, and architecture. You will need to spend at least a half day to explore the site fully. This is best done on a self-guided bicycle or golf cart tour. Highly recommended.
The Jim Thompson House is a very old traditional Thai teakwood house that has been wonderfully preserved. The house has been turned into a museum chronicling the life of its owner Jim Thompson. The house also exhibits the history of the Thai silk industry that he helped promote. It’s furnished with Thompson’s impressive collection of Thai antiques and art and is set in a beautiful tropical garden.
Suan Pakkad Palace Museum is a complex of eight traditional Thai-style houses. The houses were once the residence of Prince Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga who was one of Thailand’s leading art collectors. The complex houses an extensive collection of Asian art and antiques.
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The Bangkokian Museum is housed in several old wooden houses in a quiet, shady garden setting. The museum showcases the lifestyle of middle-class people in pre-and post-WWII Bangkok. The houses have been preserved as they originally were and contain an interesting exhibition of house contents from that period.
The Kamthieng House is situated in the grounds of the Siam Society at Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke). The house was built in 1848 and is one of only a few surviving northern Lanna style 19th-century teakwood houses. It was originally located in Chiang Mai on the banks of the ping river before being relocated to Bangkok. The house and grounds have now been turned into a museum showing life in a traditional 19th century Lanna house.
M.R. Kukrit Pramoj was the prime minister of Thailand in 1974-75. He was born into and raised in a family of royal descent. He had a long distinguished career in the fields of finance, lecturing, writing, politics, and the military. His residence has been turned into a museum and preserved exactly as it was when he was alive. The exhibits include his personal effects and collection of art and antiques.
The Royal Barge Museum is located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river near the Pinklao bridge. The Royal Barges are displayed in a large Khlong side boat shed. The museum was established in 1971 after restoration work was carried out on the barges. There are 8 barges, each carved from huge pieces of teak. They are still used for important ceremonies of state.
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall houses a permanent exhibition about Rattanakosin which is the old town area of the city. It details the history, art, and culture, from the establishment of Bangkok in 1782 up to the present day.
Museum Siam opened 2008 in a European style 19th century Italian designed building that was once the ministry of commerce. The Museum charts the history of Thailand and its people and how their culture and traditions have evolved over time. The museum presents its subject matter in a contemporary high-tech interactive style using a wide range of media.
The museum tells the story of King Prajadhipok or King Rama VII from birth to death. King Prajadhipok was Thailand’s first constitutional monarch. The museum displays his personal belongings, photographs and highlights his achievements as King.
The Hall of Sculpture is located in the Fine Arts Department building next to Silpakorn University opposite Sanam Luang. The hall contains sculptures by famous national Thai artists ….
See & read more: http://touristbangkok.com/hall-of-sculpture/
The world-famous Madame Tussauds waxworks museum has a Bangkok branch in the centrally located Siam Discovery Mall. You will find wax models of all the usual world famous stars of Music, Movies, Art, Science, TV, and Sport. Also a host of World Leaders, A-list celebrities, and famous figures from History.
The Seashell Museum exhibits an amazing collection of seashells from all over the world. There are more than 3000 specimens of over 600 species on display.
A very small museum dedicated to the Thai royal white elephant which is considered a holy animal in Thailand. It is situated on the site where once stood the King’s royal white elephants stables. The museum tells the history of the rare royal elephants and describes the criteria used to select them.
Location: Uthong Nai Road. (inside the Dusit Palace complex)
Opening Hours: 09.30-16.00 daily.
Rules: No shoes inside the museum.
The Erawan Museum is in Samut Prakarn province just outside Bangkok in an attractive garden setting. It is famous for the giant 29-meter high three-headed elephant statue. Inside is a 3-story museum representing the underworld, earth, and heaven. The museum features rare antiquities and a collection of ancient religious objects. The Erawan Museum is best visited as a joint visit to Ancient Siam which is nearby.
Location: 99/9 Moo 1, Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakarn.
Opening Hours: 09.00 – 18.00 daily.
Admission: Adult 400 baht, Children 200 baht. Rates are lower if booked online at least 24 hours in advance. Online promotions often include joint admission to Ancient Siam at a reduced price. You can book online here.
BTS & Taxi:
Take the BTS to Bearing station. Take a taxi to the Erawan Museum. Approximate taxi fare will be 60 baht.
Free Shuttle Bus:
Departs from BTS Bearing station at 11.00am daily and stops at the Erawan Museum on the way to Ancient Siam. The bus can be found in the parking lot area at Centerpoint Entertainment. Exit 1 from the BTS station on Sukhumvit 105.
No. 25, 102, 142, 365, 507, 508, 511, 536.
The Siriraj Museum is located within the grounds of Siriraj Hospital on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. There are two different museums in the complex. Firstly, the new Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum features the history of the local Bangkok Noi and Wang Lang community. Secondly, the construction of Thailand’s southern railway line, and the old Thonburi railway station. Lastly the history of the hospital and traditional Thai medicine.
A restored old steam railway engine sits outside the museum entrance. Secondly, the Siriraj Medical museum consists of six smaller museums focusing on human anatomy, forensic medicine, and life science. Expect to see lots of preserved human organs, skeletons, and mummified bodies. Interesting exhibits on human DNA, fingerprints and identifying victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
Location: 2 Wang Lang Road, Bangkok Noi.
Opening Hours: 10.00-17.00 daily except Tuesdays.
Admission: 300 baht
Rules: No photography in the medical museum
Boat: Chao Phraya Express Boat to Thonburi Railway(N11)
Bus: No. 57, 81, 146, 149, 157
The Science Museum and Planetarium is located on Sukhumvit Road a short walk from BTS Ekkamai station. The aim of the museum is to educate children about science and astronomy though it is also interesting for adults. The three-floor main building features many interesting, informative exhibits on physics, evolution, robotics, space, energy and the sea.
See & read more: https://touristbangkok.com/the-science-museum-planetarium/
Stanley Miniventure is a 1.87 scale miniature town featuring scale models of some of the world’s most famous places. It’s the largest of its kind in Asia and the only one in Thailand. The town is situated in the Japanese themed Gateway Mall and spread over 1000 square meters. The exhibits include models of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, and many more. There is also a section devoted to the city of Bangkok which includes its most famous attractions and landmarks. There are eleven zones, Very Thai, Central Business District, Airport, Port, Residential & Historical Places, Beach, Cave, Desert, Transportation & Entertainment, Resource Town, and Farm.
See & read more: https://touristbangkok.com/stanley-miniventure/