NileGuide Expert Says:
You may feel overwhelmed at the National Museum, but absolutely make time for the Buddhaisawan Chapel and the gilded funerary chariots, both of which deserve a spotlight.
Na Phrathat Road
10200 Bangkok, Thailand
tel: +66 2 224 1404 / +66 2 224 1333
fax: +66 2 224 9911 / +66 2 224 1404
Wed-Sun 9am-3:30pm. Free English-language tours Wed and Thurs 9:30am. Ask your Thai-speaking hotel staff to call the museum to check the current schedule
Established in 1874, the National Museum provides for a half day of exploration and discovery. It has three permanent exhibition galleries: The Thai History Gallery, The Archaeological and Art History Collections, and The Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection. The National Museum is huge, but manageable, especially considering the peaceful, shaded courtyards that offer breaks to visitors. Tours are available in English, German, French and Japanese from 9:30am until noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which is also when the museum offers free entry (otherwise, expect to pay 40 baht).