Bangkok Museums Thailand - Palace, Science, Children

Vimanmek Palace

The largest golden teak building in the world, the three storey Vinanmek Mansion is one of the most popular attractions of Bangkok.

It was once the home of King Rama V, and has 81 rooms, and chambers.

There is a large collection of Royal Family memorabilia and mementoes from the early 20th Century, and in associated buildings there are displays of art and artifacts.

The Mansion is open daily from 9.30am to 3.15pm. Further information is available by calling +66 (0) 2 628 6300

Suan Pakkad Palace

In the palace there is a large collection of Asian art and antiques.

Situated on Sri Ayutthaya Road, the small and elegant palace also has items from the pre historic Ban Chiang period and a unique collection of seashells.

The palace is open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm, and closed on Sundays.

Information on +66 (0) 2 246 1775

The National Museum

The National Museum is vey close to the Grand Palace, so it is an easy place to find, and possibly combine in one day.

This is the country's main museum with artifacts from all over Thailand and from all periods of Thai history.

The museum itself is worth seeing for the elaborate old buildings within the complex.

There are guided tours by volunteer guides who are fluent in English, French and Japanese.

The National is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm but closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and on Public Holidays.

Museum of Imagery Technology

Located within the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Science, this is the first camera and imaging museum in Thailand.

Historic photographs and imaging equipment spell out the story of photography as we know it today.

Printing technology is also represented in the exhibitions.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 3.30pm.

Information is available on +66 (0) 2 218 5583

The Bank of Thailand Museum

Thailand's largest collection of coins is on display at the bank of Thailand Museum.

Situated in the former grounds of the Bank of Thailand, and the Bang Khunphrom Palace.

The museum is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.

Contact numbers for the bank are +66 (0) 2 283 5265 and +66 (0) 2 283 5284

The Royal Barge Museum

This is a lovely attraction found on the Chao Phraya River at the Royal Navy dry dock, which has been especially reserved for maintaining the barges.

The ceremonies using the Royal barges are few and far between, so visitors may want to see these magnificent barges when they can.

They are used exclusively by The King for Royal Pageants.

The museum is open to the public from 9am to 5pm daily and can be contacted on +66 (0) 2 424 0004

Museum of Science & The Planetarium

The museum is very close to Ekamai Skytrain station, so both easy to find and get to. The museum concentrates on astronomy, communications technology and biology.

Latest attractions range from an aquarium to a section on computers, in Computer World and a Planetarium.

Fun with education is the theme at the Museum of Science which is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily except Mondays and Public Holidays.

Contact details are: +66 (0) 2 392 5952

National Science Museum

There are six floors of exhibits showing different aspects of science and technology, including that used in Thailand over the years.

Interactive displays encourage visitors to be involved’ hands on’ and learn from the exhibits.

The Museum is located at Technopolis, Khlong 5, Rangsit Nakhon Nayok Rd, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.

Opening hours are from 9.30am to 5pm, and the contact number is +(0) 66 2 577 4172

Philatelic Museum

The there is a complete and comprehensive collection of local and international stamps at the museum, along with a very good library.

For stamp collectors there are opportunities to buy stamps and accessories at the museum which is located behind the Sam Sen Na Post Office in the compound of the Postal Bureau.

Philatelists will find the museum open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm.

Telephone is +66 (0) 2 271 2439

Khamthieng House & The Siam Society

The house is in Asoke, not far from the MRT station of Sukhumvit.

It's a classic 200 year old northern style house made from teak, and was brought from Chiang Mai.

The owners of the house donated it to the Siam Society, and has a well stocked library.

There is also a full program of cultural activities.

The house is open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, closed on Sunday and Monday.

Tel: +66 (0) 2 661 6470

The Thai Human Imagery Museum

The Imagery Museum is privately owned and is located some 31 kilometres west from Bangkok on the Pinklao-Nakhonm Chaisri Road.

The display show life size replicas of Thais people and events.

The Museum is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 6pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

For further information call +66 (0) 2 433 2607

Bangkok Doll Museum

There is a global range of dolls in this Museum along with a collection of hand made Thai dolls in the classical Thai traditional costumes from various regions of the country.

The Doll Museum is open from Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm and the contact number is +66 (0) 2 235 3088

Rare Stone Museum

There are some 10,000 stones from all corners of the globe in this museum dedicated to geology, fossils and stalactites.

Visitors can enjoy the most precious of stones, and the curious shapes of nature.

The museum is at 1048 New Road Bang Rak and open from 10am to 5.30 daily

Tel: +66 (0) 2 236 5666

Prusat Museum

The museum has a huge collection of Thai artifacts from prehistoric to modern times. Within the grounds are some very good examples of Thai architecture.

The museum is on Krungthep Kritha Road, off Sri Nakharin Rd.

Open from 9.30am to 5.30 pm daily except Monday.

They can be contacted on +66 (0) 2 379 3601



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