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The National Museum

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4 Na Phra That Bangkok 10200

The National Museum has a huge collection of Thai artefacts and art from the past years. King Rama V was the first to open this museum to showcase the gifts and antiques that he received from his father. The exhibits have been arranged into 3 areas and consist of good descriptions in English language. Apart from the Thai History Gallery, a splendid collection of gold treasures, Chinese weapons, Khon masks, precious stones, ceramics, puppets and more are also exhibited within the museum.

Depicting the Early 19th Century

Established and opened back in 1874, it exhibits relics from the time of King Rama IV’s ruling days. The exhibits cover Thai history, displaying and preserving artefacts dated from the periods of Srivijaya, Dvarati, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and the present Rattanakosin era. Other than that it also displays extensive collections of Buddhist Arts like Indian Gandhara, Vietnamese Cham, Chinese Tang, Cambodian Khmer and Indonesian Java arts. Other interesting exhibits include funeral chariot hall, Buddhaisawan chapel, Tam Nak Deung, Phra Buddha Si Hing, etc.

The collection is quite impressive but can be difficult to digest because of the sheer volume and poor signage. List of services include media service, guides (for both Thais and foreigners), lending of photographs, and temporary exhibitions. Guided tours are conducted in English, German, French and Japanese are given for free by volunteers.

From Saphan Taksin BTS station, visitors can get to this museum by taking an express boat and reaching Ta Phrachan Pier from where they can walk. This museum is situated right beside Thammasat University. Other than that, bus routes 84, 80, 70, 65, 64, 59, 53, 43, 33, 32, 30, 19, 15, 9, 6, and 3 can be taken as well to reach this place. AC buses serving this area include 91, 82, 80, 39, 38, 7, 6, and 3. Nearby attraction is Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace.

The place remains open from 9a.m to 16:00p.m from Wednesday to Sunday.

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