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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 National Museum Bangkok is a culturally enriching experience replete with a plethora of ancient artifacts and modern wonders. It's is a place to be enjoyed by people's of all ages and various... 
    The National Museum Bangkok is a culturally enriching experience replete with a plethora of ancient artifacts and modern wonders. It's is a place to be enjoyed by people's of all ages and various...  more »
  • Based on reviews here we arrived early afternoon hoping to get a guided tour by an English speaking volunteer guide. We were told that tours are only run in the mornings. Still, touring on our own... 
    Based on reviews here we arrived early afternoon hoping to get a guided tour by an English speaking volunteer guide. We were told that tours are only run in the mornings. Still, touring on our own...  more »
  • Excellent museum with a wide collection of items belonged to the royal court and an archeological part focused on the history of Thailand kingdom. Very good explanations in English and good videos. 2....  more
    Excellent museum with a wide collection of items belonged to the royal court and an archeological part focused on the history of Thailand kingdom. Very good explanations in English and good videos. 2....  more »
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  • This museum has some beautiful collections, especially of religious relics and royal treasures, which are well presented. The quality of the pieces is very impressive, and a testament to Thailand's rich history. Tickets for foreigners are 200 baht, and it is worth noting you cannot take food, drinks or any bag larger than a handbag inside. It is also worth considering wearing shoes which are easy to take on and off, as 5/6 exhibitions require you to take your shoes off. The only improvements I would suggest for this museum is perhaps providing more context for the pieces and their historical settings. I am a qualified archaeologist, but not being overly familiar with Thai history I found it hard to understand some pieces. Perhaps more visual aids such as maps or recreating historical scenes would be useful?
  • Nice to discover and learn more about the history of Thailand. Consider at least 2 hours to see everything relatively quickly. If you like to take your time and really spend time of each piece, then better plan a full day trip.
  • Great museum to learn more about Thai history and the king's of Thailand as well. You will a so understand why the people here are always healthy, why they're using different Herb for food.and much more. All rooms with air-conditioning, but not to cold. Price 200 baht for foreigners is really fair. After museum go to Arno's a restaurant at river, 5/8 mins to walk. Very good meat in burger, steak or pizza. Really good quality and fair price. After that cross the river with little ship for 5 baht (behind university) to other side and visit market close too river.
  • The museum display many cultural heritage of Thailand. From the puppet shows, metal work, wood work, and even the king’s thrones. Unfortunately, other than seeing nice relics, I wasn’t able to learn about the complex history of Thailand. I wish it was organized such in a timeline manner or in stories that’s easier to follow.
  • Main Exhibitions are good, most of them have some descriptions and interactive features. Take about 2 hours to explore all the main exhibitions. Time-limited Exhibitions are changed every 2-3 months, worth visiting. There are a small coffee and a souvenirs shop inside. Good and clean toilets.

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