The National Museum Bangkok

Attraction 4 Na Phra That Bangkok Phra Nakhon 10200m Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hour
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
02:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
6.00 - 6.10 USD

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The National Museum Bangkok is the former palace of Thai people.If you want to understand more the culture and history of Thailand, this is a place for you.

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Why The National Museum Bangkok is special ?

The Museum was originally established by King Rama V around the private collection of antiquities of his father King Rama IV (Mongkut). Until quite recently, the museum still resembled more of an eclectic collection assembled from someone's attic, than a professionally managed presentation of Thai history. That has pretty much changed. The museum is now organized into sections with each room displaying a particular subject, such as palanquins, armaments, clothing, etc. The museum is currently in the midst of an extensive and time-consuming renovation, which means that some collections are moved around as their galleries are being renovated. Check the brochure handed out near the entrance for current locations.

What to explore at The National Museum Bangkok?

The National Museum Bangkok currently houses three permanent exhibition galleries.
1. The Thai History Gallery located in the front of the Siwamokhaphiman Hall, a ceremonial building. At the first part of the hall display The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription, which was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003. Also the auditorium room at the left of the hall’s gate showing the document in the topic Where are Thai come from? Furthermore, the hall display the exhibitions about Thai history since the prehistory period until the Bangkok period including the historical facts and the ancient things which are kept until today.
2. The Archaeological and Art History Collections which are provided in two parts
(i) The Prehistory Gallery, located in the back of the Siwamokhaphiman Hall.
(ii) The Art History Gallery, located in the North Wing Building, which displays sculptures and exhibits from the Dvaravati, Srivijaya and Lopburi periods (before 1257 AD) up to the Bangkok period (1782)
3. The Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection which is displayed in the old central palace buildings. This collection contains a variety of artistic, cultural and ethnographic exhibits such as gold treasures and precious stones, mother of pearl inlay, royal emblems and insignia, costumes and textiles, ceramics, carved ivory, old royal transportation, old weapons and musical instruments

How to get to The National Museum Bangkok?

You can easily get to the National Museum by express boat to the Chang Pier (or alternatively the Banglampoo Pier). If alighting at Chang Pier, turn left at the first street (Mahathat Road) and walk through the amulet market to the end, then turn right and walk to the end of this road. The huge open space of Sanam Luang will be across the street. Turn left and walk a short distance up the street with the Grand Palace behind you. The National Museum will be on your left.

If alighting at Banglampoo Pier, you'll need to walk down the river-front walkway to the Pinklao Bridge. Walk under the bridge and then head inland towards Sanam Luang. Turn right and walk down to the National Museum, which will be on your right.


Selling points

  • Comprehensive collection
  • The best way to understand Thai art and history
  • A lot of Thai history
  • The Best museum in Thailand
  • One of the best museums in the world
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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to bring tissues if you want to use toilets.
    What to bring
  • The museum is opened on Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The last ticket is sold at 3:30 pm. The museum is generally closed on national holidays.
  • There are free tours on Thursday and wednesday mornings.
  • Be aware that you must leave your bags with the guards at the ticket booth. They will put the bag in a locker and give you a key so remember to bring cash along you if you want to buy something.


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I took my family to the national museum, Bangkok. We liked the exterior of the museum. It was excellent. We could not park our taxi there, it went away. later it came to us.

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Despite poor reviews we'd read on Trip Advisor, we decided to visit because we always find museums interesting and a good place to spend a couple of crowd-free hours. The museum comprises several buildings. The first building houses displays of Thai life and I thought they were very good. The models were better than some I've seen elsewhere but although buttons for English narrations were on most of the displays, I couldn't get any to work. It would have been nice to hear some of the stories. Some of the illumination was lacking but all in all, very good. Then onto the teak house where we had to take our shoes off before we could look inside. Not much to see here but worth a look. Then onto the main museum building which is a huge H-shaped complex housing hundreds of exhibits ranging from elephant tusks to weapons, sedan chairs, carts, ceramics, cloth, musical instruments and many others. Some of the displays are a little tired and poorly lit and almost half have no English translation explaining what it is, but it was very interesting all the same. After spending over an hour here, we moved onto the art gallery but had to bypass the building housing the funeral items - closed for renovation. We left after over 3 hours here and still not having seen everything. We both like museums so found it fascinating - more English translations, audio and text, would be very helpful.

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Nice museum located next to the famous Kaosan Rd. just 5 min, walk, you can enjoy the place for about 2h,

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