Learning the history of any place can be a boring affair. However Museum Siam tackles it differently. Not for this museum the collections of artifacts and boring inanimate displays. Here visitors are actually drawn into the exhibits first through the use of a bronze ribbon known as a ‘roong’ that is outside the entrance and finds its way inside and serves as a connecting factor to all the exhibits and the use of novel and innovative approaches to tell the story of the beginning and evolution of the country.
Housed in a three storied 19th century neo classical building, from the outside Museum Siam appears to be like other museums. However his museum dedicated to showcasing how Thailand came into being and developed uses a variety of media and interactive techniques to get the message across. Informing through entertainment the museum encourages visitors to play games, view 3D movies and investigate to discover the story of Thailand presented through its myths, history, customs, beliefs, people’s lives, trade and other aspects. Each of the 16 exhibition rooms dedicated to a period in history or a topic and is equipped with a narrated video set off by a sensor. A game based on a battle from the Ayutthaya era, a tunnel of spiraling TV screens broadcasting old TV programs, a 1960s hip Thai café complete with tables, a counter and even a car from the period, a corner shop with a display of traditional Thai ingredients to explain the origins of Thai food, a European style restaurant dazzling with chandeliers and real waitresses but fake food, an exhibit of traditional Thai toys are among the very unusual and absorbing exhibits that tell the story of the country while keeping both adults and children engaged for many fun filled hours. In addition to the main building the museum grounds have an area for activities and temporary exhibits and a gift shop with a reputation for innovative and unusual gifts.
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