Established inside the former royal palace complex, the Bangkok National Museum is a must-visit site in Thailand as it is the largest collection of relics, history and art in Southeast Asia. Many of the artefacts once belonged to King Rama IV’s private collection.
The Bangkok Museum was unofficially born on the 19th of September 1874 when King Rama V began allowing public access to his father, King Rama IV’s collection of antiques and relics. The museum was handed over to the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Art Department in 1934. After that it has gone through much renovation and improvements bringing it up to the standard it is today.
2. Visiting Information
If you are staying locally at hotels like Maitria Rama 9 Residence, it is very easy to get to the Bangkok National Museum. It is open from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm, except for Mondays and Tuesdays. The entrance fee costs about 200 baht and sometimes, there will be English speaking volunteer tour guides at the entrance.
3. How to Get There
Located to the northwest of SanamLuang, the Bangkok National Museum is easily accessible from many a fitness centre in Bangkok that located in the vicinity. So, you can drop by after your morning workout or breakfast.
4. Permanent Exhibits
The museum is home to three permanent galleries,and they are the Thai History Gallery, Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection and Archaeological and Art History Gallery.