Category: Museums

Museum of Imaging Technology

The first camera and photograph museum established in Thailand and Asia, is located at the same building as the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University on Phaya Thai Road.  Historic photographs and imaging equipment, as well as its technological evolution are collected and displayed. Modern photographic arts, techniques and printing technology are also exhibited.

Open: Mon – Fri  from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: 100 baht.
Tel: 0 2218 5581-3
Website: www.sc.chula.ac.th/museums/mimage.htm

Museum of Science and Planetarium

The Museum of Science and Planetarium is an interesting stargazing center with a 13m-high dome. The attached museum has good information on astrology, though the exhibition lacks interactivity, mainly consisting of information panels on walls. Nevertheless, the complex is wirht visiting at certain times, when it hosts special events sich as movies, periodic exhibitions, lectures and discussions. For details, call the number listed in the Things to Know section.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: 928 Sukhumvit Road

Tel: (02) 392-5952; 390-2301

To get there : Take the Skytrain to Ekamai; the Planetarium is between Sukhumvit Sois 40 and 42.

Open: 09.00-16.00 weekdays; (Planetarium: 08.30-16.30 Tue-Sun)

Admission: children: 3฿, Adults: 10฿

Misc.: Closed on holidays

Museum of Thai Pharmacy

The museum is located on the third floor of the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage Building at 40 Soi Santisuk, Sukhumvit 38 Road (diagonally opposite Soi Thong Lo). It was established to publicize traditional Thai medicine from past to present for later generations to learn and treasure. The exhibition is featured by various topics; namely, the Birth of Pharmacy, the Evolution of Oriental Pharmacy and Basic Wisdom, the Evolution of Western Thai Pharmacy and the Evolution of Herbs and Natural Products. The museum is open on weekdays during

Open : Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  (Advance contact in writing is required for a group visit)
Admission : Free
Tel : 0 2391 6243, 0 2712 1627

National Gallery Museum

Situated on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Theatre, the museum exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists.

Tel: 0 2281 2224, 0 2282 2639-40
Open: Wed-Sun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: 30 baht.

National Museum

A visit to the National Museum reveals the history of Thailand And how people lived during the different periods. It gives you a view through the windows of the past.The National Museum, located on the opposite side of Sanam Luang to The Grand Palace, was established in 1887 by King Rama V. The foundation collection was previously stored at The Grand Palace. The original building was formerly the palace of a vice-ruler.

King Rama VII placed it under the administration of the Royal Institute of Literature, Archeology and Fine Arts which has evolved to be the Fine Arts Department.

New buildings were constructed in 1967 and other historical buildings relocated to the museum grounds.

The Buddhaisawan Chapel was built in 1787 to enshrine a revered northern Buddha image called Phra Buddha Si Hing. The interior has exceptional murals, while the building itself is a fine example of Rattanakosin religious architecture.

Tamnak Daeng is another building that has been moved to the Museum. This Red House was originally the residence of an elder sister of King Rama I. Furniture and other items from early Bangkok times.

The National Museum collection encompasses a wide range of religious and secular art found throughout the country. Items from pre-historic times, through the Srivijaya, Dvaravati, Khmer Kingdoms and the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods of Thai history.

These include Neolithic tools, painted pots and bronze objects unearthed in the northeast. Thai Buddhist art exhibits feature images in stone, bronze and terracotta as well as illustrated scripture books manuscript cabinets and votive plaques.

The Museum also has a large collection of miscellaneous items such as Thai and Chinese ceramics, theatrical costumes, palanquins, weapons and assorted items used in royal households.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: The National Museum Bangkok Na Phrthat Rd., Phra Borommaharachawang Sub-district, Phra Nakorn District, Bangkok 10200 (next to Thammasat University, facing Sanam Luang)

Tel: 0 2224 1333, 0 2224 1370
Fax: 0 2224 8173

Website: www.thailandmuseum.com

To get there:

The most enjoyable route is to take the BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station. From here take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Phrachan Pier. Walk straight from the pier to Sanam Luang Park and turn left past Thammasat University to the museum

By Bus No. 3, 6, 9, 15, 19, 30, 32, 33, 43, 53, 59, 64, 65, 70, 80, 84
Air Condition Bus No. 3, 6, 7, 38, 39, 80, 82, 91
Airport Bus No. A2

Open: 9am – 4pm; Wednesday – Sunday

Admission: 40 baht

Other: Guided tours are given free by volunteers in English and French starting at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tours are also given in German on Thursdays and in Japanese on Wednesdays of the first & the third week of each month. Guided tours in some other languages can be arranged.

Photography is not allowed inside the building

Nearby Attractions: Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaew), Phra Athit Road, Khaosan Road

National Science Museum

The National Science Museum (Technopolis Science Museum) is housed in a world-class building that is an engineering marvel in itself: a pair of giant cubes balanced on their points, made of fiberglass, steel and glass. It was built in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Sirikit. The museum is a great place to learn about science in Thailand while having fun! Its six floors provide hours of endless wonders and amusement for visitors of all ages.

Detailed Attractions:

The exhibitions are centered around six topics:

1. Pioneering Scientists details the work and major contributions of famous scientists in the past two centuries.

2. History of Science and Technology traces the origin of Homo sapiens and the progress of science. It also illustrates the technological impacts on Earth.

3. Basic Technology and Energy is an exhibition aimed helping to understand basic scientific principles and theories. It also details the theory and application of energy-related technology. Covered topics include sound, mathematics, light, electricity, magnetism, force and movement, resistance, heat, substance and chemical energy, among other things.

4. Science and Technology in Thailand consists of basic facts about Thailand: its climate, ecology, agricultural and industrial products, geological structures and geography.

5. Science and Technology in Everyday Life covers a wide range of topics such as body and health, communication and transportation, quality of life, and the speculation about a possible future.

6. Finally, Technology of the Thai Wisdom deals with raising awareness of Thai cultural heritage, It is also a tribute to the royal contributions of H.M. the Queen. The rest of the exhibit shows traditional Thai arts and crafts.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: Soi Khlong 5 Rangsit, Nakon Nayok Road

Tel: (02) 577-9999
Fax: (02) 577-9990

To get there : Take the Norhern Expressway to Rangsit , or the Outer Eastern Ring Road. The Museum is on a converted industrial estate.

Open: 09.30-17.00 Tuesday-Sunday

Admission: Children/students: 20฿; Adults: 50฿

Misc.: Bilingual-labelled exhibits, helpful staff.

Philatelic Museum

Remember the days before fax, internet and sms messages when all correspondence was placed in an envelop and taken to the post office where you bought stamps and stuck them in the top right hand corner of the envelop? If it was urgent, you paid a little bit more and the man put an Airmail sticker in the top left hand corner.

The Philatelic Museum takes you through the history of the postal service in Thailand and the world. There are displays of all the Thai stamps and First Day Covers up until today. There is also a collection of stamps from around the world.

The postal service keeps evolving as new technology and logistics systems emerge. But for most of the people of Thailand and the world, it is still an essential service. Who doesn’t look forward to opening the mail? And who is not intrigued when they see a stamp from a foreign land?

The Philatelic Museum is the place to visit for stamp collectors and all who have an interest in postal services.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: 2nd floor Operation Building, Sam Sen Nai Post Office, Phahonyothin Road

Tel: 0 2271 2439

How to get there:
Bus routes 8, 26, 27, 29, 34, 38, 96, 97
BTS Skytrain to Saphan Khwai station.

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9 am. – 4 pm.

Admission fee: Free

Royal Barge National Museum

The Royal Barge Procession is one of the most spectacular events in the world. It is performed occasionally during the Tod Kathin Buddhist Festival when H.M. The King delivers new robes to the monks at Wat Arun. It was also seen by millions of viewers around the world when it was specially staged for the 2003 APEC Conference in Bangkok and broadcast live to the participating countries.

These ornately decorated boats are maintained by the Royal Thai Navy and docked at The Royal Barge National Museum on Bangkok Noi canal on the Thonburi side.

The most impressive and important boat is the Kings personal barge, Suphanahong which was built in 1911. It is 46 metres in length hewn from a single tree and covered with intricate gilt carvings and colourful pieces of glass. The design is representative of a mythical swan.  The crew consists of 54 oarsmen who paddle in time to the rhythmic beat of a drummer.

The Royal Barge fleet consists of 52 vessels. Each is a masterpiece of marine and traditional craftsmanship. They feature a variety of figureheads on their bows, including a sacred Garuda, Hanuman and the seven heads of Naga.

In formation the fleet travels in rows five abreast and more than one kilometer from the leading barge to those at the rear. These are propelled by 2,082 specially trained naval personnel

A visit to The Royal Barge National Museum will give you an insight into the colourful culture of Thailand.

How to get there: by Chao Phraya Ferry cross the river at Tha Pra Chan Pier near Thammasat University to Bangkok Noi (Thonburi) Train Station Pier or by chartered boat from Tha Chang Pier.

Open daily: 9 am. – 5 pm.
Admission: 30 baht
Tel: 0 2424 0004
Website: www.thailandmuseum.com

Siam Discovery Museum

siam museum

It is located on Sanam Chai Road in Phra Nakhon District, in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce. This building won an outstanding award of art and architecture preservation in 2006 from the committee on art and architecture preservation of the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King (ASA).

The museum serves as a learning centre on ethnology, anthropology, and other fields related to Thai society and Southeast Asia, in order to instil consciousness and understanding of the Thai people in their history, nation, culture, and localities, as well as connect relative ties with neighbouring countries. New methods of a display with modern media have been applied to enable participation of visitors in learning and understanding historical stories of the Thai nation. The contents on display in the form of the ‘Essays on Thailand’ have been divided into 16 rooms in the three-storey building. The first floor exhibits rooms of ‘Immersive Theater’ and ‘Typically Thai.’ The second floor displays rooms of the ‘Map Room,’ ‘Bangkok, New Ayutthaya,’ ‘Village Life,’ ‘Change,’ ‘Politics and Communications,’ ‘Thailand and the World,’ ‘Thailand Today,’ and ‘Thailand Tomorrow.’ The third floor includes rooms of ‘Introduction to Suvarnabhumi,’ ‘Suvarnabhumi,’ ‘Buddhism,’ ‘Founding of Ayutthaya,’ ‘Siam,’ and the ‘War Room.’ Visitors will gain knowledge and enjoy themselves from visiting each exhibition room. In addition, learning activities are organised for youth and aficionados of museums.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: on Sanam Chai Road, near Wat Pho (500 metre walking distance) and Phra Nakorn Police Station.

Tel:  0 2622 2599

Fax: 0 2225 2775

To get there: taking public bus no. 3, 6, 9, 12, 47, 53, 82, 524 or taking taxi boat toTha Tien Pier then continue walking for 500 metres.

Open: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Website: www.ndmi.or.th

Siriraj Museum

King Rama V founded Siriraj Hospital to provide modern medical treatment for Thai people. During the time when the hospital was being built, HRH Prince Sirirajgaguthapan, the first son of Queen Sri Bajarindra, fell ill and died of cholera. The King donated the wood used in the Prince’s  cremation ceremony to the building of the hospital and gave it the name Siriraj in the Prince’s memory. The hospital was Thailand’s  first medical school, with books and medical specimens collected in several museums that were established in the hospital to help medical students with their studies and research projects. Congdon Anatomical Museum: (3rd floor Anatomy Bldg.) This two-room museum was founded in 1927 by Prof. Dr. Edgar Davidson Congdon, who was sent by the Rockefeller Foundation to improve Thai medical studies. lt contains over 2,000 exhibits, including skeletons, figures of humans and animals, the bodies and organs of Siamese twins preserved in ethyl-alcohol, and most importantly a display of the peripheral nervous system and the blood system, both of which are very difficult to dissect.

Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum & Labostory: (1 st fl. Anatomy Bldg.) The evolution of life froms from 500 million years ago to the beginnining of primates 70 million years ago are displayed here as well as recent material on pre-history and evolution.

Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum : (2nd fl. Adulayadejvikrom Bldg.) This room displays various methods of murder, with skeletons and evidence from past murder cases.

Parasitology Museum : (7th fl. Adulayadej?vikrom Bldg.) Here, various kinds of parasites such as whipworms and roundworms are exhibited, with models of their life-cycle.
Ouay Ketusinh Museum of History of Thai Medicine: (1st fl. Physiological Science Bldg.) The history and development of Thai traditional medicine the treatment of disease and old age, Thai herbal medicines, Thai massage, and other disciplines can be seen here.

EIlis Pathological Museum : (8th fl. Adulaya?dejv turn Bldg.) Shows the evolution of medicine, and organs infected with diseases which can be detected with the naked eye or seen only under the microscope.

Veekit Veeranuvati Museum : (1st fl. Paob Building) Medical equipment and books collected over 40 years by Dr.Veekit Veeranuvati, the founder of the Gastroenterological Association of Thailand are , pt here. Subjects include examination and diagnostic methods and equipment and research Work.

The exhibition ’The Heart and Soul of the Nation’  (2nd fl. Adulyadejvikrom Building) the new exhibition about King Bhumiphol Adulyadej’s  80th yrs-birthday anniversary with audio guide player. Audiovisual devices in both Thai and English will be available at the Guest service desk at the entrance to help narrating all guests on all exhibit’s information. Admission fee 40 baht.  200 baht deposit is required for the audio guide device together with your identification.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address:  Situated in Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok Noi Distirict.

Tel:  0 2419 6363

Website: www.si.mahidol.ac.th/museums

To get there:

By bus no. 19, 57, 81, 83,146, 149 Airconditioned Bus: 91

By boat Ferry from Tha Chang/Tha Phrachan pier

Open: Monday to Friday from 9 am. to 4 pm.  Close on Sunday and  national holidays.