National Museum Bangkok, Bangkok

National Museum Bangkok, Bangkok (must see)

The National Museum Bangkok features exhibits of Thai art and history. Opened in 1874 by His Majesty King Rama V, it is the first public venue to display the royal collection of King Rama IV and other objects of general interest. The museum occupies the 18th Century Wang Na Palace which had previously been the residence of the Prince Successor.

Named the Bangkok Museum in 1926 it had subsequently transformed into the National Museum Bangkok under the direction of the Department of Fine Arts by 1934. King Rama VII presided over the opening ceremony of the National Museum Bangkok in 1926.

The museum was originally intended to exhibit the antiques and gifts bestowed to Rama V by his father. Initially a non-organized gathering of dusty relics, it now features exhibits arranged into three areas consistent with Thai history. A good English-language description of all the masterpieces is also available.

Thai History Gallery covering the periods from Sukothai to the Rattanakosin is placed at the front of the Sivamokhaphiman Hall. The Archaeological and Art History Collection exhibits items from Thailand's prehistory to the modern Thai Kingdom, including many ancient sculptures. Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection showcases Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, masks and many items of historical importance from all over Southeast Asia. Other exhibits include a funeral chariot hall featuring carriages used for royal cremations along with many excellent examples of Thai architecture.

Today the galleries contain exhibits covering Thai History back to Neolithic times. It houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country and is definitely worth a visit.

Tip:
There are excellent tour guides offering free services in English, French (Wed, Thu), Japanese (Wed) and German (Thu) at 9:30am.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm

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Sight Name: National Museum Bangkok
Sight Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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