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Arts, Culture, and Fun: Specialty Museums in Bangkok You Should Visit
by: The Beat Asia
Bangkok is a city that lets you experience both worlds; it’s home to modern architecture but at the same time, you’ll find temples in every corner of a neighborhood. The capital can already show you how rich Thailand’s culture is, but if you want to immerse yourself deeper, many specialty museums in Bangkok are open for you to visit. Here are some of them.
Bangkok National Museum
No list about museums in Bangkok will be complete without Bangkok National Museum. Considered as the largest museum in Southeast Asia, it houses a huge collection of prehistoric art, murals, and antiques from all over Asia. You can also find here the ceremonial carriages used by the royal families and exhibits about His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Father of Thai Heritage Conservation.
The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, including public holidays (except New Year and Songkran), from 9 AM to 4 PM. If you want to know what to expect before visiting, there are 360-degree virtual tours and video presentations available on their website.
Location: 4 Na Phra That, Bangkok 10200
Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum
Established in 2000 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bangkok University, the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum (SEACM) is home to ancient ceramics donated by founder Surat Osathanugrah. Its permanent exhibition “The Development of Historical Ceramics in Thailand and Ceramic Trade in Southeast Asia” showcases the development of historical ceramics, which were made at kilns in Thailand, and ceramics imported by Thailand in ancient times.
SEACM is open from Mondays to Saturdays (9 AM to 4 PM) and admission is free of charge. For more details, visit their website at http://museum.bu.ac.th/.
Location: Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus 9/1, Moo 5, Phaholyothin Road Khlong Nueng Khlong Luang Pathum Thani 12120
Coin Museum Thailand
Coin Museum Thailand is a cultural attraction and knowledge resource center for the research of Thailand’s cultural and socio-economic aspects. It highlights stories about the beginnings and evolutions of currency, including the pre-historic era’s barter system and the reformation of trade and monetary systems during King Rama IV’s reign. It’s a great place to go for coin collectors and those interested in Thailand’s coins, art, and culture.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays. Admission is free for children under 10 years old and those with disabilities. There’s a session tour every 30 minutes so ask the information counter for details when buying a ticket. For more information, visit http://coinmuseum.treasury.go.th.
Location: Chakrabongse Road Chana Songkhram Khet Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum that allows every pop culture fan “to be with their idols.” The Bangkok branch houses more than 90 wax figures of international and local celebrities, icons, and historical leaders. There are also special interactive features where guests can touch, play, and take pictures with their favorites.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM, with the last entry at 7 PM. Tickets are available at the entrance, but you can get discounts if you buy your tickets online. Be careful, though, because you can’t change the visit date of your ticket.
Location: 4th Floor, Siam Discovery, 989 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
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