For many, a visit to Bangkok is the beginning or end of a wonderful holiday. The land of smiles has been inviting tourists for years to enjoy Thai cuisine, the weather, beaches, parties and beautiful places. You can also use your limited time in Bangkok to learn more about the Thai past or about the human body. What are the most popular museum attractions in the city and what other options do you have within culturally rich Bangkok?
- Old buildings and objects: popular destinations
- Art and culture
- Just like real: wax figures
- Surprising collections fun for the family
- Special extensive collections
- For the strong stomach
- Other museum Bangkok
A . Thai Human Imagery Museum (Wax)
B . National Museum Bangkok
C . National Art
Gallery D. Bangkok Seashell Museum
E . Batman Toy Museum
F . Royal Thai Airforce Museum
G . The Ancient City (Mueang Boraen Samutprakarn)
H . Erawan
Museum I. Jim Tompson House
J . Siriraj Forensic Museum
K . Bangkokian Museum
L . Museum of Siam (National Discovery Museum)
M . Kamthieng House Museum
N . Madame Tussauds
O . Bangkok Art and Culture Center
P . M.R. Kukrit’s House
Q . Royal Barge National Museum
R . The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
S . Bank of Thailand Museum
T . House of Museums
U . Correction Museum (Prison Museum Thailand)
V . Museum of Counterfit Goods
W . Philatelic (Stamp) Museum
Old buildings and objects: popular destinations
Throughout its rich history, multiple cultures have influenced the development of the country. Important buildings and special artefacts were also created, which are preserved for posterity. Two notable museums in Samutprakarn province form impressive must-see attractions.
Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl The Ancient City
It is a collection of many old buildings, which have been taken from several parts of the country, rebuilt and recreated in order to preserve this beautiful culture. It gives a good idea of the different architectural styles from Thailand’s history. You rent a bicycle or electric cart to get around the area conveniently, so that you can get a good idea of all the buildings. The park is also accessible by car. If you visit it, allow yourself a few hours, because it covers a large area and contains many buildings. On special occasions, a food tour can be arranged on site. Open from 8am-5pm.
The three-headed elephant is a breathtaking museum. The building consists of three levels with a beautiful collection of ceramics and very expensive artifacts at the bottom. The middle floor is characterized by a serpentine beautifully inlaid mosaic staircase and a stained glass ceiling of the world. The highest level inside the elephant houses a temple with an outline of the starry sky. The building is definitely worth a visit. It is located just below Bangkok and can be quickly reached via the Kanchanipiset highway. Open daily from 8am-5pm. Admission with guided tour costs 300 Bath for adults and 150 Bath for children.
Art and culture
The country has an ancient culture based on Buddhism. On this basis, beautiful buildings, works of art, etc. were created, which are kept in the following museums, among others.
Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl National Museum Thailand
It gives a nice impression of the history of Thailand, from ancient times to the current political and royal division of power. Naturally, a large part is devoted to the role of Buddhism, but also to the Royal family and their good deeds. It houses many antiquities and artifacts, which have played an important role in history. You can get a free tour given by volunteers in the English language. All objects and photos are accompanied by Thai and English texts. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00.
National Art Gallery
Beautifully preserved art, weapons and objects from antiquity are displayed here. Paintings of past wars, battles and atrocities, sleek design sculptures from the past and present. If you also want to see the masterpieces of Thai culture, then you have come to the right place. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
All new types of Thai art and culture are shown here in changing exhibitions. For the latest programs, see the following link Art and Culture Center.
Just like real: wax figures
Precise and real-looking images or seeing lifelike scenes can be done in the following entertaining museums.
Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl Thai Human Imagery Museum
The Thai Human Imagery Museum is located about fifty kilometers outside Bangkok. It is a popular wax museum among the Thais, because it shows lifelike daily activities of the Thais. It also gives an idea of Thai history up to the current King. Open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, during holidays and weekends from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Madam Tussauds wax museum is of course known worldwide. If you want to walk among approximately 70 celebrities or have your picture taken with your favorite celeb or star, you can do that here. Open from 10am to 9pm, but may be closed on national holidays.
Surprising collections fun for the family
Be surprised by a nice or impressive collection of objects in the following museums:
Bangkok Seashell Gallery
The most beautiful pearls and shells ever found and assembled are exhibited here. From small to the largest shells in many color compositions you can see here. Be surprised by the most impressive shells, which can be found in and on the beach in Thailand. Open daily from 10am to 8pm, entrance costs 200 Bath. (Note that you are not allowed to just take some shells you find home with you).
Batman Toy Museum
All kinds of toys with an emphasis on Batman are shown here. Dolls, cars and specially prepared toys come together here from all over the world. It is a nice surprise for children to visit here. There is also a shop where you can buy toys. Open on weekdays from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 8pm. It costs 250 Bath for adults and 150 Bath for children. Discounts can be obtained with a Thai ID or driver’s license.
Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Let your child be impressed by old aircraft, which have been used by the Thai army over the years. Many types of aircraft are displayed indoors and outdoors. It is located near Don Mueang Airport and admission is free.
Royal Barge National Museum
Royal boats are kept here, which have only been used 16 times in the past 65 years. The 200 craftsmanship, richly decorated boats are 46-50 meters long and are operated by 14 crew members and 50 rowers. The boats were used to escort King Louis 14th of France, but also during many wars and religious processions. Let your family be awed by these beautiful boats by traveling to Wang Lang Pier N10 on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. It is open from 9am-5pm (in late November and early December there is a chance that the boats are being prepared for a procession so the boats may not be present).
Special extensive collections
Many types of collections can end up as museums in large quantities. Both private individuals and institutions have collected many items in the city. The following separate museums may be interesting to visit when visiting the city.
House of Museums
It houses a large collection of objects and utensils from the history of Thailand. The collection has been built up since 1960 and therefore provides a good insight into what products are or have been for sale over time. It is open on weekends from 10am to 5pm with a price of 40 Bath.
Source: Http://geinformeerd.infoteur.nl Philatelic Stamp Museum
If you are a fan of stamps, then you should definitely go here. Special stamps from many years ago can be found here, and there is also an extensive library of international stamps. You have to ask if you can go there and take a look. It is located right next to BTS Kwai at the post office between Soi 3 and 5. Normally open on Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Museum of Counterfit Goods
This museum at Rama III gives a good idea of all types of products and brand names, of which a copy has been or is being made. It shows in detail how the Thai earns his money by selling fake material. It is located in the Supalai Grand Tower on the 26th floor. Visiting hours are from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, where you must register your visit in advance.
Bank of Thailand Museum
An extensive display of all coins used in Thailand over the years can be found in the Bank of Thailand Museum. You will also find coins from the Funan, Sri Vijaya and Sukhothai periods in the collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
For the strong stomach
A special museum is the Siriraj Forensic Museum of the great Royal Siriraj Hospital. If you find it interesting to learn more about the human body, then it is definitely recommended. You get a good idea of the anatomy of the body, but also what those executed look like. It is divided into two departments with standard cases and the anatomical department is specially designed for doctors and students. You need to have a strong stomach to go here, because some of the remains on display can be very shocking or gruesome. It is not suitable for young people, children or people who easily become nauseous. Open from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 16:00 and you can visit for 40 Bath. It is convenient to reach by ferry from Chang Pier, crossing to Pranok Pier.
Other museum Bangkok
In addition to the aforementioned museums, there are many popular museums. Please note that the following are quite touristy and therefore attract a lot of attention:
- Bangkokian Museum;
- Jim Tompson Museum;
- M.R. Kukrit’s House;
- Museum of Siam (National Discovery Museum);
- Kamthieng House Museum;
- The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum.
- Correctional Museum of the Thai prison system. Located in the artist park Romaneenart Park where a traditional Thai prison used to stand.
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