Top Five Museums You Should Visit in Bangkok, Thailand
There is no better way to learn about Thailand than to visit its museums. Starting in Bangkok alone, the variety is endless. This travel tip gives you the best taste of what Bangkok has to offer, whether its Thailand’s history, arts and culture, or just something weird. So if the hot weather has you bothered or you catch yourself on a raining afternoon wandering what to do – well watch on and wander no more.
Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art
For lovers of modern art – Bangkok has The Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a little out of central Bangkok, located on 499 Kamphaengphet 6 Road. They have a big collection of art showcasing Thai history by some of the countries best artists. The museum is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-6pm. Admission starts at 250 baht.
Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC)
The big city’s bad boy is the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or the BACC. Located on Pathumwan Intersection, facing the MBK and Siam Discovery Centres. It displays a huge plethora of Thai contemporary art and culture and it includes music, theatre, film, design and education. The museum is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 9.30am-6.30pm and it is available for free to check out the exhibitions.
The Museum of Siam Bangkok
The Museum of Siam is located on 4 Sanam Chai Road, PhraBorom MahaRatchawang Phra Nakhon, Bangkok and it is totally underrated by most guidebooks. Set in a beautiful neoclassical house close to famous Wat Po, this is actually a really innovative and contemporary look at Thailand and its culture, history and people. It’s full of videos and technology that literally come to life. The museum is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. Admission for foreigner is 200 baht.
Bangkok Forensic Museum
This place is not for the faint hearted and is not exactly pretty. The sinister museum is located inside the Siriraj Hospital and is for the travellers who want to experience something extremely unusual. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9-4pm. Admission fee ranges from 40 baht and children is free. The best way to get to the museum is to take the river shuttle near the Grand Palace. Catch the boat at Chang Pier or Prajan Pier, then disembark just acrss the river at Pranok Pier. The ride only costs three baht.
Bangkok Museum of Counterfeit Goods
Located on the 26th floor of Supalai Grand Tower on 1011 Rama 3 Road. It’s like strolling through the markets, but here, you have a collection of what Thailand is great at counterfeiting – almost everything. There are piles of counterfeit goods- like clothing and even baby milk formula- that are displayed at this museum after appearing in court through the years. Many of the goods are also placed next to the original for some good old fun spotting the difference. Visitors from the general public are welcome on Mondays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 10 am. Advance 24 hours booking is recommended.
The variety is there. The story of Thailand is a never ending one whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly. So complete your visit to Thailand with a couple of museum trips and come out renewed and learned.