Visit Museums And Art Exhibition In Bangkok

If you are interested in history and past heritage and art, then you can visit the Museum and Art Exhibition in Bangkok. There are many things you will get there.

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Located at the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building in the Grand Palace, was established according to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s initiative with the purpose of disseminating and promoting knowledge of the art wisdom, culture, costumes, and textiles to be a sustainable learning centre of fabric and traditional Thai costumes from the early Rattanakosin period to the present time showcasing in the form of exhibitions and related documents.

In the exhibition part, it includes “Artistry in Silk: the Royal Style of H.M. Queen Sirikit” displaying the royal costumes in modern styles tailored from silk, and the national royal Thai costume exhibition showcasing a variety of royal Thai dresses in order to set as a sample of the traditional Thai dress for several occasions. Also, there is a video showing the evolution of Thai dresses from the past to the present.

In addition, a museum shop is available for selling products under the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques of H.M. Queen Sirikit of Thailand project which includes dresses, woven and silk fabrics, decorative items, and basketry.

Open: Daily from 09.00 a.m.-04.30 p.m. (ticket selling closes at 03.30 p.m.) Admission: 150 Baht for adults, 50 Baht for seniors (above 65 years old), and students (12-18 years old with ID), no admission fee for children aged below 12. Tel: 0 2225 8420, 0 2225 9430 Fax: 0 2225 9431 www.sirikitmuseumoftextiles.org. Bus: No. 1, 3, 9, 15, 25, 30, 32, 33, 43, 44, 47, 53, 59, 60, 64, 82, 91, 203, 503, 507, 508

National Museum

A former palace of the Wang Na or second king-Kromphraratchawangbowon Mahasurasinghanat - built simultaneously with the Grand Palace, the complex comprises several major throne halls such as Phra Thinang Siwamok Phiman, Phra Thinang Phutthaisawan, and Phra Thinang Itsara Winitchai. In the reign of King Rama V, a national museum was first established at the Concordia Hall and known as “Miosiam” before being transferred to where it is now located. Currently, the second king’s palace also houses Thammasat University, Bangkok Fine Arts College, Bangkok Dramatic Arts College, and National Theatre. The complex also accommodates Wat Bowonsathan Sutthawat otherwise known as Wat Phra Kaeo Wang Na. The National Museum exhibits a large variety of antiquities and objets d’art, which represent the cultural heritage of Thailand and neighboring countries. The Bangkok National Museum won the Award of Excellence in the category of Tourism Promotion Organisations and Projects of the Thailand Tourism Awards 2002 from its “Museum Education for the Public” project, the main objective of which was to encourage appreciation in the country’s cultural heritage in the local community for tourism purposes.

Open: Wednesday-Sunday from 09.00 a.m04.00 p.m. Admission: 200 Baht, Guided tours in English, French, German, and Japanese are provided on Wednesday and Thursday of the week. Tel: 0 2224 1370, 0 2224 1333, 0 2224 1396 www.nationmuseumsfinearts.go.th

National Gallery Museum

Situated on Chao Fa Road at the foot of Phra Pinklao Bridge, the museum is a former location of the Royal Thai Mint and now exhibits collections of both traditional Thai and contemporary arts by past as well as present famous artists of Thailand. Oil paintings by His Majesty the King are also exhibited here.

Open: Wednesday-Sunday from 09.00 a.m.- 04.00 p.m. Admission: 200 Baht Tel: 0 2282 06370, 2282 2639-40, 0 2282 8525, 0 2282 0637

Pipit Banglamphu

The Museum preserves the history of Banglamphu, its communities, craftsmen, places and the way of life in this neighborhood in old Bangkok. The 1st floor of the concrete has two sections; the first is an area for temporary exhibits for special occasions, the second record the history of the old city, the forts, and the city gates. The 2nd floor had several rooms with exhibits on the Treasury Department, coin minting, asset management, land appraisal at different periods and locations. The museum is extremely well equipped. There are touch screen videos in Thai with English subtitles. All display boards are in English and Thai. Old scenes have been painstakingly re-created either by models, murals or projected images. There’s a conducted tour in Thai of the upper stories in both buildings every half an hour. Register at the reception. Take a tour on your own of the ground floor before joining the conducted tour. Discover life and soul of Banglamphu in Pipit Banglamphu Museum.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday, Public Holidays) from 10.00 a.m.-04.00 p.m. Bus: 3, 6, 9, 30, 32, 33, 53, 64, 524 or take Chao Phraya Express boat to Phra Athit Pier. Then walk through the park past Phra Sumen Fort till reaching a white concrete building. Tel: 0 2281 9828

Coin Museum Treasury Department Thailand

The museum is located on Chakkrapongse Road, Banglamphu. In the building is divided into three stories, showing several kinds of coins in the past through the present time, library, history of Thai life by the 4D presentation, temporary exhibition.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday, Public Holidays) from 10.00 a.m.-05.00 p.m. Admission: 100 Baht Tel: 0 2282 0818 http://coinmuseum.treasury.go.th

Bank of Thailand Museum

Located on the Chao Phraya River inside Bang Khun Phrom Palace within the same compound as the Bank of Thailand, Sam Sen Road, Phra Nakhon District. The museum building is one example of the finest architecture of the same art style built by King Rama V to be a royal residence of HRH Prince Boriphat Sukhumphan, his 33rd son born with Queen Sukhuman Marasi. After 1932, the palace was used as a governmental office for a certain period until 1945 when it became the Bank of Thailand. It was turned into the Bank of Thailand Museum in 1982, accommodating 14 rooms on 2 floors. Floor 1 houses rooms of ancient coins, the Phot Duang or Thai bullet coins, modern Thai coins and banknotes, golds and foreign currency. Floor 2 houses rooms of the 60th anniversary of the Bank of Thailand, banknote printing, and several others.

Open: Monday-Friday from 09.00 a.m.12.00 a.m. , 01.30 p.m.-04.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2283 6152, 0 2356 7702, 0 2283 5265, 0 2283 5286, 0 2283 6723 www.bot.or.th (contact at least 2 weeks in advance).

Museum Siam Discovery

Located on Sanam Chai Road in Phra Nakhon district, in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce. This building won an outstanding award of art and architecture preservation in 2006 from the committee on art and architecture preservation. The museum serves as a learning center on ethnology, anthropology, and other fields related to Thai society and Southeast Asia, in order to instill consciousness and understanding of the Thai people in their history, nation, culture, and localities, as well as connect relative ties with neighboring countries. New methods of a display with modern media have been applied to enable participation of visitors in learning and understanding historical stories of the Thai nation.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 a.m.06.00 p.m. Admission: 300 Baht Tel: 0 2225 2777 www.ndmi.or.th

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Located on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue in the old building next to the Lan Phlapphla Maha Chetsada Bodin Pavilion. The Crown Property Bureau renovated and decorated the original building to become a learning center compiling historical knowledge and information, arts, and culture of the Rattanakosin Era, which is the most complete one of its kind in Thailand. The exhibition of the Rattanakosin Era presented with modern technology, display media, models, and virtual four-dimensional mixed-media. Visitors can experience and learn by themselves. There are also animated cartoons. A guide is provided in each of the nine exhibition rooms. A coffee shop with clear glass walls offers a beautiful sight of Loha Prasat (metal castle) of Wat Ratchanatda and the Golden Mount. Furthermore, there is a library and a souvenirs shop.

Open: Tuesday- Sunday from 10.00 a.m.07.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 100 Baht, child 50 Baht for children not over 110-cm. Tel: 0 2621 0044, 0 2226 5048 www.nitasrattanakosin.com

Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre

Situated on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, close to the Nithat Rattanakosin Building, and Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabodin Court is an art center exhibiting a variety of international contemporary arts and culture; such as visual art, acting, literature, costume, and music design. In addition, the Centre offers a rotation exhibition, academic seminar, and information service of contemporary arts of artists.

Open: Daily 10.00 a.m.-07.00 p.m. Bus: No. 2, 15, 47, 59, 60, 70, 79, 157, 171, 183, 503, 509, 511 Tel: 0 2422 8827

The Queen’s Gallery

It is situated within the compound of the Bangkok Bank Office, Saphan Phan Fa branch, on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue.

Open: Thursday -Tuesday (closed on Wednesday) from 10.00 a.m.-07.00 p.m. Admission: 30 Baht Tel: 0 2281 5360-1 www.queengallery.org

King Prajadhipok Museum

The museum is located at the preserved building of the Public Works Department at the foot of Phan Fa Lilat Bridge at the corner of Lan Luang Road in Phra Nakhon district. The neo-classic architecture building was built in 1906. Then, it was renovated to serve as a museum exhibiting a rare collection of King Prajadhipok’s (King Rama VII) personal belongings as well as photographs, documents, and biography of Thailand’s first constitutional monarch. It has become the first perfect monarchic museum, using modern technology in giving explanations and guidance. The exhibition including the succession to the throne, the king’s biography before his accession to the throne, royal activities, political reform, promulgation of the constitution, royal utensils, and memorabilia, as well as his life after abdication and death in the United Kingdom.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 09.00 a.m.04.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2280 3413-4 www.facebook.com/kingprajadhipokmuseum

Anantasamakhom Throne Hall

This Renaissance building was constructed of marble from Italy under the instruction of King Rama V, with an intention to be used as a royal reception-assembly hall. The construction was completed in the next reign. The dome of the throne hall houses picturesque frescoes of royal activities undertaken during the reigns of King Rama IKing Rama VI of the Royal House of Chakri. The building serves as a venue for royal and state ceremonies and was once used as the National Assembly before it was moved to the new building behind.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. (except Mondays, New Year Day, Songkran Day, Constitutional Day) tickets are sold till 04.20 p.m. Admission: 150 Baht (proper attire is essential) Tel: 0 2282 7318 www.artsofthekingdom.com

Vimanmek Mansion Museum

This is the world’s largest golden teak building located in the compound of the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road. The three-story royal mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing fin de Siecle royal memorabilia. A guided tour in English is provided to visitors. Other beautiful buildings in the same compound display various items and art objects; for example, H.M. King Bhumibol’s photography, H.M. Queen Sirikit’s collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, old clocks, ancient cloth, and royal carriages.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 09.30 a.m.03.30 p.m. (Tickets are sold till 03.00 p.m.) Admission: 100 Baht (Proper attire is required) Tel: 0 2628 6300 www.vimanmek.com

The Press Museum

Located in the same building as the Press Association of Thailand on Ratchasima Road, Dusit district (opposite Suan Dusit Rajabhat University), this is the first museum to have been established to enhance press occupation and be a source of study and information as well as valuable historical data about the Thai press from past to present. The exhibition is displayed through modern information technology. The first portion presents the press in the past by imitating the working atmosphere of reporters represented by wax models. Next are the political, economic as well as social roles of the press and biographies of outstanding personalities such as Dr. Bradley, Prince Narathipphongpraphan, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, Kularb Saipradit, Malai Choopinij, and Isra Amantakul. There are also images of King Rama IV-founder of Thailand’s publishing business established to publish declarations and royal gazettes, the first newspaper for Thai people-and King Rama VI-a press king who granted freedom for newspaper publication. The museum features an exhibition on newspapers and magazines and provides a library service as well.

Open: Monday-Friday from 09.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2669 7125

Geological Resource Museum (Minerals and Rocks Museum)

Located on the first floor of the Emerald Building next to the Department of Mineral Resources on Rama VI Road, the museum is attached to the Bureau of Geological Survey, Department of Mineral Resources, and was established in 1948. It exhibits minerals, rocks, fossils as well as ancient tools made from minerals and rocks in three sections: Geology featuring the Earth, plate movements, earthquakes, minerals and rocks, geological surveys, groundwater, and fossils. Mineral Resources displaying specimens of gemstones and precious stones uses of minerals, mineral fuels, petroleum and minerals from abroad. Special Exhibition currently showcasing dinosaur fossils in Thailand.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday (Closed Monday) from 08.30 a.m.-04.30 p.m. Tel: 0 2621 9647, 0 2621 9642, 0 2202 3670 www.dmr.go.th

Suan Pakkad Palace

Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, this complex of five Thai-style houses was once the residence of one of Thailand’s leading art collectors, Prince Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga. It houses an extensive collection of Asian art and antiques, including items from the prehistoric Ban Chiang civilization, and also an impressive collection of sea-shells.

Open: Daily from 09.00 a.m. - 04.00 p.m. Admission: 100 Baht Bus: No. 72, 77 BTS Sky Train: get off at Phayathai Station. Tel: 0 2246 1775-6 ext 229, 0 2245 4934 www.suanpakkad.com

Bangkok Dolls & Museum

Located at 85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) off Ratchaprarop Road. It was established by Khunying Tongkorn Chandavimol in 1956 after having completed a course on doll making from the Osawa Doll School in Tokyo, Japan. Her intention was to make as well as publicize Thai dolls. Bangkok Doll’s products are well recognized internationally and renowned among doll collectors. They won the first prize and the Honorary Gold Peacock Feather Award from the 3rd International Folklore Dolls Biennial 1978 in Poland. The place serves as both a museum and workshop where various kinds of dolls are displayed and made totally by hand, using mainly locally available materials. There are several categories of dolls such as Khon dolls, hill tribes, Thai rural lifestyles as well as Khon mask miniatures. There is also a corner in the workshop where a private collection of some 400 dolls from around the world are displayed.

Open: Monday-Saturday from 08.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2245 3008, 0 2245 4532 www.bangkokdolls.com

Jim Thompson Museum

This collection of traditional Thai style houses, fashioned into one dwelling, belongs to the man who helped restore the Thai silk industry after World War II, and today, preserved as a museum, contains a priceless collection of Asian objects d’ art. The canal side museum is located in Soi Kasemsan 2 on Rama I Road opposite the National Stadium.

Open: Daily from 09.00 a.m.-05.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 100 Baht, child 50 Baht Tel: 0 2216 7368 www.jimthompsonhouse.com

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is located at the Pathumwan Intersection, facing the MBK and Siam Discovery Centres. It is a new mid-town facility for the contemporary arts. Programmes for art, music, theatre, film, design, and cultural/educational events take place in a friendly and recreational atmosphere - with cafe, restaurants, bookshops, and an art library being part of the facility. The BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It aims to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources from both the public and the private sectors. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.

Open: Daily from 10.00 a.m.-09.00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) Tel: 0 2214 6630-8 www.bacc.or.th

Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Museums And Art Exhibition In Bangkok
Located on the 6th floor of the Siam Discovery department store on Rama I Road, Pathum Wan district. It is the 10th branch of the world-famous wax museum, with more than seventy waxworks on display. Visitors can pose for photos with every mannequin. The museum is divided into rooms of important figures representing famous persons and world benefactors; such as a room of history and important persons, the room of art and science, room of favorite sportsmen, room of pop singers, the room of celebrities’ party on the red carpet, room of TV stars, etc.

Open: Daily from 10.00 a.m.-09.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 800 Baht, child (5-12 years) 600 Baht Tel: 0 2658 0060 www.madametussauds.com/bangkok

Museum of Imaging Technology

This is the first museum of cameras and photographs of Thailand and Asia located at the Department of Photographic Science and Printing Technology Building, Faculty of Science. It collects as well as portrays the history of photograph-taking, evolution of cameras from past to present, electronic imaging, photographic accessories, film manufacturing, 3-dimensional images and photography, principles of light and color and also contemporary photographs.

Open: Monday-Friday from 09.30 a.m.04.00 p.m. Admission: 100 Baht Tel: 0 2218 5581-3 www.sc.chula.ac.th/photo

Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand

Located ITF Tower, Silom, the museum was established with the objective to enhance knowledge as well as encourage awareness among the youth and public of the significance of jewelry, in addition, to emphasize the image of Thailand as one of the world’s colored stones and jewelry trading and industrial centers. It is also intended to give inspiration to jewelry designers as well as to preserve fine specimens of jewelry for later generations. Displayed items include gems and jewelry donated by the private sector, precious metals for use in jewelry making, tools, and equipment, as well as rotating exhibitions of jewelry borrowed from various jewelry companies. The permanent exhibition features the history of gems and jewelry, model of a gemstone mine and production procedures including size selection, sectioning, cutting, polishing, etc.

Open: Monday-Friday from 09.00 a.m.07.00 p.m. Admission: 200 Baht Tel: 0 2634 4999 www.git.or.th.

Mr. Kukrit’s Heritage Home

Located at 19 Soi Phra Phinit, Sathon Tai Road, the traditional Thai style house belonged to the late M.R.Kukrit Pramoj, a former Prime Minister who contributed significantly to the country’s politics as well as arts. The residential complex comprises a group of 5 teakwood buildings of different sizes as well as a sitting-hall (Ho Nok) and Buddha image hall (Ho Phra), all built on posts with a connected balcony. There is a large traditional Thai style pavilion situated separately from the living compound for various activities.

Open: Daily (except Songkran Day and New Year Day) from 10.00 a.m.-04.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 50 Baht, child 20 Baht Tel: 0 2286 8185, 0 2287 2937-8 www.kukritshousefund.com

Kamthieng House

Located at 131 Sukhumvit Soi 21 Road (Asok) inside the compound of the Siam Society under Royal Patronage, Kamthieng House was originally built in Chiang Mai some 150 years ago. The traditional northern-style house was later donated to be under the care of the Siam Society and was demolished to be reconstructed in Bangkok. It serves as a folk, the ethnological museum exhibiting the way of life of the Northerners and various household items and equipment used in their daily life.

Open: Tuesday-Saturday from 09.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. Admission: 100 Baht Tel: 0 2661 6470-7 www.siam-society.org

Museum of Thai Pharmacy

The museum is located on the third floor of the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage Building at 40 Soi Santisuk, Sukhumvit 38 Road (diagonally opposite Soi Thong Lo). It was established to publicize traditional Thai medicine from past to present for later generations to learn and treasure. The exhibition is featured by various topics; namely, the Birth of Pharmacy, the Evolution of Oriental Pharmacy and Basic Wisdom, the Evolution of Western Thai Pharmacy and the Evolution of Herbs and Natural Products. (Advance contact in writing is required for a group visit.)

Open: Monday-Friday from 10.00 a.m.04.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2391 6243, 0 2712 1627-8 www.thaipharma.net

Science Centre for Education

Situated next to the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) on Sukhumvit Road, this is an exhibition center on a variety of scientific knowledge. Among the attractions are a planetarium, an aquarium as well as permanent exhibitions of sports science, communication technology, and natural environment.

Open: Exhibition: Tuesday-Sunday (except public holidays) from 09.00 a.m.-04.30 p.m. Planetariam: 1-hour shows at 11.00 a.m. and 02.00 p.m. Additional shows on TuesdayFriday at 11.00 a.m., 02.00 p.m., SaturdaySunday at 11.00 a.m. and 01.00 p.m., 02.00 p.m., 03.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 30 Baht, child 20 Baht Tel: 0 2392 5951-5, 0 2392 1773 www.sciplanet.org

Thai Labour Museum

This museum is located at the former office of the State Railway of Thailand Labour Union on Nikhom Rotfai Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi. It exhibits a historical background of Thai labor. The exhibition in each room is displayed through various media such as television, slides, and computer, which make it more interesting and easier to understand. The museum also provides a library service with books and research reports about laborers and computer training for workers.

Open: Wednesday-Sunday and Public holidays from 10.00 a.m.-04.30 p.m. Tel: 0 2251 3173 www.thailabourmuseum.org

Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall

Located in the Thailand Cultural Centre on Ratchadaphisek Road, this is a venue for displaying the history of the Thai people and different aspects of Thai culture, as developed from pre-historic times up to the present. The exhibition is presented under five topics: The Evolution of the Thai Nation, Rice and Thai Way of Life, Thai Language and Literature, Thailand and the World, and Important Achievements and Events in Thai Society.

Open: Monday-Friday (except public holidays) from 09.00 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Tel: 0 2247 0028 ext. 4223 www.culture.go.th

Art in Paradise Bangkok

Located on the 4th floor of the Esplanade Plaza, Ratchadaphisek Road, is a 3-dimensional art museum where visitors can be involved and enjoy taking pictures.

Open: Daily from 10.00 a.m.-08.00 p.m. Admission: 180 Baht for adults, 120 Baht for children (not more than 120 cm. height) Tel: 0 2660 9130 www.facebook.com/artinparadisebangkok MRT Subway: get off at the Thailand Cultural Centre Station, Exit 3

Philatelic Museum Sam Sen Nai

Located on the 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Postal Bureau (North) (behind Sam Sen Nai Post Office), Phahonyothin Road. It displays the history of the Thai postal service and development of Thai stamps from the past until present time. Moreover, “Solot”, the first Thai stamps used in the reign of King Rama V and the foreign ones of the member countries of the Universal Postal Union are on display. Also, there is a library collecting books and knowledge on post both in Thai and foreign languages. In the same area, stamps and accessories for stamp collection are on sale at the ground floor of the building. Next, to the museum, there is also a room imitating the operational site and equipment of the post office in the past, providing services of postal money orders, selling stamps, etc. In front of the building, Thai postal boxes in various periods, as well as, those from foreign countries are exhibited.

Open: Wednesday-Sunday from 08.30 a.m.04.30 p.m. Tel: 0 2831 3722, 0 2271 2439

Children’s Discovery Museum

The museum is located inside Queen Sirikit Park and was established under the royal initiative of Her Majesty the Queen, in her realizing the significance of creating a pleasurable learning process for Thai children. The museum offers exhibitions as well as fun activities for children to enjoy and learn about human life, sciences, culture and society, nature and the environment, including an exhibition in honor of Her Majesty the Queen.

Open: Tuesday-Friday from 09.00 a.m.05.00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 10.00 a.m.06.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 150 Baht, child 150 Baht Tel: 0 2272 4500-2, 0 2615 7333 ext. 102, 134, 148 www.bkkcdm.com

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Situated in the southeastern area of Vachirabenjatas Park (Railway Park), Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road. It displays 20 kinds of more than 500 butterflies. The garden, which connects to the Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit Parks, is an appropriate natural classroom for learning, conducting research, as well as, collecting and exchanging the knowledge on butterfly species and insects, their life cycles and their ways of living.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays from 10.00 a.m.-04.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2272 4359-60

Royal Barge National Museum

Thailand’s ornately carved and decorated Royal Barges are displayed in boatsheds on Bangkok Noi canal, just off the Chao Phraya River near Phra Pin Klao Bridge on the Thon Buri side. The barges are used on royal occasions and formerly served as war vessels.

Open: Daily from 09.00 a.m.-05.00 p.m. Admission: 100 Baht Tel: 0 2424 0004

Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum

It is situated on the bank of Khlong Bangkok Noi, Chao Phraya River. At the front of the museum is located a building in a traditional Thai style pavilion, housing the statues of King Rama V the Great and HRH. Prince Siriraj Kakuttaphan. The Museum comprises the vintage railway station building, clock tower, and warehouse which have been renovated to be a location for displaying the 200-year-old history of the early Rattanakosin period, multimedia exhibition with light and sound about the kings and royal family members’ story related to medicine and the founding of Siriraj Hospital for the public’s benefits, the evolution of traditional Thai medicine from the past to present, the surgical simulation in which visitors can experience the roles of physicians and nurses like being in the surgical room. The warehouse section showcases a theatre, poetry, shops, and Dhamma Hall that depicts the art, culture, traditions, and local wisdom of the Bangkok Noi community’s way of life. A 24-meter antique wooden ship, which was buried for more than 100 years, is also on display.

Open: Monday and Wednesday-Sunday (closed on Tuesday and public holidays) from 10.00 a.m.-05.00 p.m. Ticket sold till 04.30 p.m. Admission: visit one museum 200 Baht, visit Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum and Siriraj Medical Museum (located in the Siriraj Hospital area) 300 Baht with audio. Bus: No. 57, 81, 91, 146, 149, 157, 177 Tel: 0 2419 2601, 0 2419 2618-9 www.si.mahidol.ac.th/museums

Siriraj Medical Museum

Located on the 2nd floor of the Adulayadejvikrom Building, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital on Wanglang Road, which is Thailand’s first medical institute. The museum comprises the Congdon Anatomical Museum, Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum, Prehistoric Museum and laboratory, Pathology Museum and Touch Exhibits Museum in honor of Her Majesty the Queen.

Open: Wednesday-Monday, from 10.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. (closed on official holidays) Admission: 200 Baht Tel: 0 2419 2618-9, 0 2419 2601 www.si.mahidol.ac.th/museums

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre

Located on Borom Ratchonnani Road beyond the Southern Bus Terminal, this center is a national institution responsible for systematic gathering processing and servicing of anthropological data scattered throughout the country. A variety of exhibitions on Social and Cultural Development in Thailand, Ethno-Archaeology, Thai Ceramic Collections, as well as the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Biography can be viewed.

Open: Monday-Saturday from 09.00 a.m.04.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2880 9429 www.sac.or.th

Buddha Art Gallery

Located at 1 Borommaratchachonnani Road, Sala Thammasop, displays Buddhism-related artworks, which is offered in the rotation and permanent exhibitions in digital, art printing, exquisite printed Buddhist-related pictures on a canvas, and the life of the Buddha. A gallery is also a place for studying the Tripitaka, Dhamma preaching, and Dhamma practice for interested persons.

Open: Daily from 10.00 a.m.-06.00 p.m. Tel: 0 2441 1940, 08 5425 3663, 08 9084 5664 www.thebuddhaartgallery.com Bus: from the Victory Monument, take No. 515, 539 or from Sanam Luang, take No. 124

House of Museums

The House of Museums is located at Soi Khlong Pho 2, Sala Thammasop Road, Thawi Watthana. The exhibition features a collection of old as well as modern items of various uses of both townspeople and villagers such as toys, books, stationery and kitchen and household utensils, forming a legacy of the past to be inherited by the present. The modern 3½-storey building of 3 chambers. The first floor lends an old atmosphere of shop houses before 1957 including a café, drugstore, barber’s, etc.

Open: Saturday-Sunday from 10.00 a.m.05.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 40 Baht, child 10 Baht Tel: 08 9666 2008, 08 9200 2803

Sunthorn Museum

Situated on Sukhaphiban 1 (off Phetkasem Road near Lotus Supermarket), this is a private museum operated by Mr. Sunthorn Chunothaisawat. It houses invaluable antiques from different periods such as BMW Motorcycles in the World War Periods, various kinds and types of old clock, lamps, children toys made out of zinc, irons, typewriters, fans and sewing machines which are in good condition.

Open: Monday- Saturday from 09.00 a.m.06.00 p.m. Admission: Adult 100 Baht, child 50 Baht Tel: 0 2802 0863-4 www.sunthornmuseum.com

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