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Why Museum of Siam is special ?
What to explore at Museum of Siam?
From room to room, 'The Roong' transports you through all things Thai, from the very beginning of Ayutthaya to the daily life and highlights of Thai history, wars, Buddhism and finally the rapid entry into the modern world. Every room is superbly decorated and time will pass faster than you expect, with many interactive displays.
If the first part of the Museum of Siam exhibit appears to be a bit 'classic' things start to change when Thailand started adopting Western ideas. From there on, the exposition becomes even more surprising: walk through spirals or TV screens broadcasting the evolution of Thai TV programs through the years, then step into a fancy 'Bangkok Café' from the sixties where you can actually sit or get behind the counter. Teenagers can't resist taking photos of each other in this colourful room with half a car parked in front, but obviously no drinks will be served.
Once outside, don't go yet; take a walk over to that strange small shop near the souvenir boutique. At first it looks like some entrepreneur has managed to sneak his local shop into the museum and it's a bit awkward to walk around looking at pickles and fish sauce bottles. But the girl shopkeeper will solve the mystery for you; it's all part of the exhibit. Here are all the daily ingredients made in Thailand yesterday and still today, how they were made and why they were made. And suddenly you start looking at fermented beans with a new mindset.
So as you are about to leave the 'shop' the girl will call you and invite you to step inside her fridge. At this point you might consider running or laughing. Step in! This is actually the entrance to the next (and last) display – a full-size European restaurant with chandelier and real waitresses. Nothing to eat here, just enjoy the wax displays of many Thai dishes and have fun taking lots of photos.
How to get to Museum of Siam?
- A museum rich of knowledge
- Thai History in a fun, interesting matter
- Suitable for kids 4 years old and above
- A nice museum in Bangkok
- Different and cultural experience
Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakorn District
Tips for you
This is a very good overview of Thailand and informative...if you ignore the odd video at the beginning of the museum. Kids and adults should know that this museum is interactive and you are encouraged to take pictures and touch things. Most of the information are in English and Thai so it is easy for many people to understand. Try to go here before you explore the rest of Thailand so you can get a better idea of the Thai history and culture.We arrived with Thai locals and noticed they give a huge discount to many people. When you purchase a ticket let them know if you are from Thailand, a student, senior, etc. I did not qualify for a discount but it was still worth the trip. Be prepared for many stairs since the museum is in an old mansion like building and it is in many floors. Not really a good experience for people with strollers or wheelchairs.