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The National Museum Bangkok, Bangkok

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Go on a journey through thousands of years of Thai history and culture at The National Museum Bangkok, a treasure chest housed inside the former palace of Siamese viceroys. Originally established in 1874 by King Rama V to showcase his father's private collection of artwork, the museum now ranks among the largest in Southeast Asia and displays various aspects of Thai heritage. You can admire everything from precious stones to ornamental clothes, and from prehistoric artifacts to royal thrones. In addition to the rich Thai collection, the museum displays objects from other parts of Southeast Asia and China, including weapons, sculptures, and musical instruments. Information in English and multilingual tours provide context for visitors without knowledge of the Thai language. Arrange your visit to The National Museum Bangkok and discover more family-friendly attractions in Bangkok using our Bangkok holiday maker.
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  • The museum consists of several buildings - all of them air-conditioned. It’s full of Thai culture and remnants from prior kings. Great pictures to be had with the giant chariots and hand carried...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this museum. Lots of interesting art and exhibits. To the reviewer who said that everything is closed so it's not worth it, some of the main halls have reopened recently, and there was....  more »
  • If you want to learn Thai culture, budism, Thai architecture, one of the best places to visit, recently renovated, ( renovation is going on), didactic, simple yet delicate art works, excellent...  more »
  • This is probably the most important museum in Thailand, where you can witness the artistic and religious heritage of Thailand. The explanations provided are not leading very far into the topic, especially not for foreign tourist who are not familiar with Hinduism, Buddhism and Thai history, BUT: there are excellent tour guides offering free services in English, French, German and Japanese every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:30am
  • Kindly be informed as of end of January 2019 that half of the museum is closed for renovations, however worth the visit, it will still take you at least 2 hours if you interested in history or arts specially Buddhism. Check the photo attached to see what is closes and what is open. Admission fee is 200 baht per person. The descriptions for many the displayed artifacts are in Thai & good English, however they are mostly situated down below the artifacts and are very small to read, small tip to avoid always bending: use your smartphone and take photo of the descriptions and then zoom in
  • The good: Lots of interesting artifacts, art, and history of Thailand. The chapel in particular is a beautiful building. The royal litters were also stunning. Not so good: When we visited, most of the galleries were closed. The collections also don't tell a very coherent story and it's not entirely clear how to best organize a self-tour. Also, if you're looking for an escape from the heat, look elsewhere. Many of the buildings are not air conditioned.
  • A really lovely museum. A nice introduction to Thai culture and history. The chariot exhibit was my favorite. Was disappointed at the number of exhibits that were closed at the time of my visit though. Also, there is a lot of Buddha art. It’s important and beautiful, but very repetitive if their is no explanation of the different meanings ( in English)
  • Amazing museum! The exhibition is really large and has loads of different and amazing things to see. The place is not crowded. The tourist masses go somewhere else it seems. To me a real must go if you want to learn about the region and Thai history!

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