Museums in Bangkok

We'd be lying to you if we didn't admit that sometimes part of the attraction of museums in Bangkok is the opportunity to enjoy an activity with air-conditioning. But this is certainly not the most important reason to go. Bangkok museums run the gamut. The rich history of the Kingdom of Siam and its arts, the varied ethnic groups of this portion of Southeast Asia, modern art, and classical architecture are all represented, of course. But Bangkok takes the museum scene one long step beyond, from collections of counterfeit goods and the barges of royalty to the macabre matters of forensics and prison history. Here are the Top Ten Museums to visit in Bangkok. To be sure you can go far beyond this, but this list of best museums hits the ones you shouldn't miss. The National Museum is obvious but the new highly interactive Museum of Siam and Rattanakosin Museum are superb. The collection of museums at Siriraj Hospital is something to write home about -- at times creepy and fascinating. Art and Buddhism fans should go through the trouble of finding the Museum of Buddhist Art - simply outstanding.

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National Museum

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Na Phrathat Road
Phra Nakhon

All the Background You Need on Thai History, Art, Culture and Ethnography... read more

Museum of Siam

4 Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakhon
National Discovery Museum Institute

A super, attractive Thai museum, great for kids...
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Rattanakosin Museum

100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road

A state-of-the-art interactive history museum...
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Jim Thompson's House and Museum

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6 Soi Kasemsan
(opposite the National Stadium)

Traditional Thai Home of Silk Legend and Mysterious Figure... read more

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King Prajadhipok Museum

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2 Lan Luang Road, Somanas, Pom Prab Sattru Phai

Fascinating story of Rama VII and his abdication of throne... read more

Vimanmek Mansion Museum

193/2 Ratchawithi Rd
Dusit Palace Park (opposite the Dusit Zoo, north of the National Assembly Building)

A beautiful palace of teakwood... read more

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Siriraj Medical Museum (Forensics Museum)

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Siriraj Hospital, 2 Phrannok Road

Six adjacent museums reveal what you get when you combine formaldehyde, body parts, gunshot wounds and serial killers... read more

Royal Barge Museum

80/1 Rim Klong Bangkok Noi, Arun Amarin Road
On the west bank of the river, on Klong Bangkok Noi (canal), north of the Phra Pinklao Bridge

See the historical and ornate boats fit for the Kings... read more

The Ancient City

296/1 Sukhumvit Road

A Drive-through Park Full of Replicas of Famous Thai Sites... read more

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Museum of Buddhist Art

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Soi Phatthanakan 40, Suan Luang

An outstanding collection of artful artifacts...
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