7 Museums in Bangkok you can’t miss!!
Time can blow away the authentic essence from even the most preserved and intact monuments. Despite the landmark’s magnificent preview; a combination of archaeological research, skillful composition and impeccable decor that can be found in a well-kept museum gives a better sneak into the vintage history of the country. Bangkok’s museums are now getting their’s fair share of footfall and therefore, care from the authorities. In addition to nation’s relics and Buddhist artifacts, one can find an exquisite experience in exploring contemporary art, grand chateaus, accurate sculptures and some weird collections too. There are over fifty recognized museums and art collections, each flaunting their own style and uniqueness.
Here is a list to get you started on the best from every genre.
Bangkok National Museum
If you are looking for a one-stop destination that has the best of everything, this is the unambiguous choice. It stands in the former grounds of 18th century Wang Na Palace and can be reached with a quick stroll from the grand palace. It was commissioned by King Rama V to exhibit his bequeathments and gifts from his father, which were slowly joined by exotic wares and precious relics from the corners of the kingdom. Now it is the home to some of the best artifacts of Thai’s classic history.
Operating Time: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
If you look deep enough, you can find some of the world’s weirdest museums in Bangkok. Standing in the remains of what used to be the Bangkok maximum security prison of 1890, is a visual testimony of heights of human ingenuity to torture and executions. Life-size mannequins are used to illustrate graphically how those punishment contraptions are used. It is now a public park with free entrance and also goes by the name, museum of torture.
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 9AM-4PM
Who doesn’t like a picture with his favorite celebrity? For a regular traveler, Madame Tussauds need no introduction. It has one of its elitist collection housing perfectly accurate wax replicas of world famous sportsmen, politicians, TV stars, pop singers and fantasy icons in Bangkok.
The latest edition to the collection is wax Statue of Bahubali.
Operating hours: All the week 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Probably the least known museum in Bangkok, the Labour museum was an annex to Bangkok railway police station until 1993. This discreet, single storied dingy might not have it’s peer’s grandeur or artistic excellence, but narrates an untold tale of the ill-treated first-line labor of the country. The six room tour takes on the evolution of the labor movement and their fight that won them their basic rights.
Operating Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10AM-3PM
An old ethnic wooden house stands in the middle of the metropolis unaffected by it’s wrapped contemporary innovation. It was the official residence of an American Businessman and architect and now the display house of his rustic art collection. This one ‘rai’ of Buddhist and far east relics, paintings and statues of wood, paper and cloth from the country and beyond is the richest traditional collection, one could ever possess. A little trot around the house pushes it’s viewers into a time before the colonial out-break.
Operating Hours: All the week 9AM-6PM
Bangkok Forensic Museum or Siriraj Medical Museum or Museum of Death
Bangkok forensic museum or the museum of the dead is not something for the feeble minded. With an ambiance of a 90s horror movie, it houses deformed fetuses and abnormal body parts in tainted yellow formaldehyde containers. Located in the Siraj Hospital, this sinister collection ranks the top list of world’s creepiest museums, perfect for those who prefer an eerie, haunted-house experience.
The museum consists of five small medical museums: the Ellis the Pathological Museum, Congdon Anatomical Museum, Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum and Laboratory, Parasitology Museum, and the Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum.
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 9AM-4PM
Batcat Museum – Batman Museum
The Thai teens are no less Batman fans like any of their American peers. Officially called the Bat-cat museum, it is largely dedicated to Batman merchandise with a little bit of avengers, star wars and Japanese manga thrown in. It’s staggering amount of live size action figures, toys, books, board games and every other silly accessories make it every nerd’s favourite ‘bat cave’.
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9AM-6PM
Some other thematic collections in Bangkok include the Bank of Thailand Museum, for coin fanatics; Museum of imagery technology, for shutterbugs; and the Snail Museum of Thailand.
Royal Thai Airforce Museum, Samphathawong Museum, Museum of Buddhist arts, Museum of Counterfeit goods are some of the others who spin their similar tales.
Museums may sound boring to an average tourist, but once one steps in, one surely gets tangled in their trap. There is no better way to spend a few hours than wandering in a good gallery where is every step is precisely designed to maximize your fascination. Don’t miss adding your favourite collection to your itinerary, in your next Bangkok trip!!
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