Museum of Siam

Attraction Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakorn District Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hour
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
03:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
9.00 USD

Museum of Siam is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
Museum of Siam is different from others by creating interesting activities to help tourists understand more about the Thai culture in the most creative way.

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Why Museum of Siam is special ?

While the Museum of Siam is set inside a very large neoclassical house, it is definitely not the usual display of historical artifacts and dusty mannequins you would expect to find in such an antique building.

A huge bronze ‘ribbon’ coiling and looping in the front garden is the first clue of things to come inside... In the reception area, wooden stairs, ceramic tiles and old-fashioned columns contrast with resolutely modern art and advanced technology. Everywhere you look, the two elements blend with great harmony as designers use every possible way to challenge the traditional expectations you might have of a museum.

n the reception area, the bronze ribbon seen outside almost seems to penetrate the building and curls from wall to wall with the words 'What does being Thai mean?' written in red luminous letters all along. The entire museum is dedicated to this ‘Thainess’, the history of Thai people and the evolution of their culture and traditions.

It is extremely well done. Once you enter the first room the giant ribbon called 'The Roong' seems to have crossed the wall to become a long panoramic screen on which you will be asked to watch a movie. This movie will immerse you through artistic and sometimes provocative images into the Thai spirit. Never boring and beautifully executed, it will wipe out your last doubts about the museum. After only 10 intense minutes, you are mentally ready to appreciate the many other surprises of the Museum of Siam.

Source: http://www.bangkok.com

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.

Source: http://www.bangkok.com

How to get to Museum of Siam?

Bus: 3, 6, 9, 12, 32, 44, 47, 53, 82, 524
BTS Sky train: Get off at Wong Wian Yai Station. Then, take bus number 82.
MRT Subway: Get off at Hua Lamphong Staion. Then, take bus number 1, 3, or 5
Chao Phraya Express Boat: Get off at Pier Tha Tien. Then, walk pass Wat Pho. You will see the museum on your left hand side.

Selling points

  • 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
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Duration
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Estimated
180.11 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakorn District

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  • The presentation is in Thai and English
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  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays (closed Songkran Holiday, New Year;s Eve, New Year’s Day and Mondays)
    Timming
  • After 4p.m, The entrance fee is free.
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  • Seniors over the age of 60 are admitted for free.
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  • The entrance fee: 100 THB for Thai people, and 300 THB for tourists.
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  • Don't miss the restaurant Muse Kitchen by Elefin Coffee at the museum, excellent food for a very good price.
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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.

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