BANGKOK | National Museum Bangkok is Bangkok’s first national museum. It was established in 1874 by King Chulalongkorn to exhibit the royal collections of his father King Mongkut. Today, the museum spans several buildings, and contains a vast collection of artefacts that take visitors through Thailand’s history from Neolithic times through to the modern era.
The museum’s permanent collections is split into three sections, housed across three main buildings. These are:
- The Thai History Gallery in the front of Siwamokhaphiman Hall.
- The Archaeological and Art History Collections, which is split into two parts and showcases and contextualises artefacts based on their era:
- The Prehistory Gallery, at the back of Siwamokhaphiman Hall.
- The Art History Gallery, in the North Wing Building
- The Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection which is displayed in the old central palace buildings.
Along with the permanent collection, National Museum Bangkok also hosts rotating, temporary exhibits. Two other buildings on the museum grounds are the Buddhaisawan Chapel, and the red house. The chapel was built in 1787, and contains murals depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. The Red House, dates back to the same area, and is one of the original private living quarters of Princess Sri Sudarak.
National Museum Bangkok
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Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
Wed – Sun: 9:00am to 4:00pm