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Bangkok Museums

Jim Thompson House
The Jim Thompson House museum.

Museums wouldn't exactly be at the top of our list of places to see in Bangkok, but there are a few "museum-like" places that you might want to put on your itinerary, listed below. In fact there are more than 100 museums in Bangkok, devoted to everyting from past monarchs to forensic science.

If you are visiting the Grand Palace / Temple of the Emerald Buddha, then time permitting we would recommend a look at the National Museum. It's just a short walk down the street going directly away from the main entrance to the Grand Palace.

Inside you'll find some ethnographic exhibitions as well as memorabilia from past kings and, our favorite, a large collection of funeral and coronation chariots. The huge gilded mobile thrones are pulled by teams of several dozen men.

Notable Museums

We cover several Bangkok museums in more detail on this site. See the list below for the museums covered. Also see our Bangkok Palaces for a list of royal residences also opened as museums.

National Museum
Housed in the former palace of the second king, the buildings of the National Museum are as much on display as the artifacts within.
The Jim Thompson House Museum
Take a brief tour of the house belonging to the king of Thai silk.
Suan Pakkard Palace Museum
This residence consists of a collection of traditional Thai style houses bought together and turned into a museum by some minor royals.
The Ancient City
Just outside Bangkok, on the old route to Pattaya, a Thai tycoon conceived a sort of "Cultural Theme Park" where Thais could learn about their country's architectural history. The huge outdoor museum easily takes a full day to visit and enjoy.
The Princess Mother Memorial Park
This little park also has a museum dedicated to the late Princess Mother. One exhibition hall chronicles her life while another displays various aspects of her life and her many projects to help advance the poor of Thailand.
King Prajadhipok Museum
King Prajadhipok ruled as Rama VII for just ten years, from 1925 to 1935, but his reign marked the end of the absolute monarchy. This makes the king an interesting subject and a new museum was open in 2001 specifically devoted to him.
Erawan Museum
It certainly qualifies as one of Bangkok's most interesting museums. The Erawan Museum is housed in a huge sculpture of a mythical three-headed elephant.

Art Galleries

Bangkok is also home to an increasing number of both public and private art galleries. We've compiled a short list of some of the more notable Bangkok art galleries.

Museum Links

Thailand Museums
Information about national museums throughout Thailand.
Thailand Zoos
Site covering several zoos in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Sri Racha.
Jim Thompson House
The official web site of the Jim Thompson House Museum. Lots of beautiful pictures and information about special events.

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