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History and Culture > Museums

Museums in Thailand

If you are interested in Thailand’s History and Culture there are literally hundreds of museums in the Kingdom to choose from.
 

Must see

Thailand’s museums cover every possible subject – the country’s monarchs, hill tribes … there is even a forensic museum in Bangkok housing corpses of infamous murderers! Of course the serious history and culture buffs will want to visit Bangkok’s National Museum, but it’s worth noting that almost every province has a National Museum covering important aspects of that area’s past. Thailand has an abundance of museums for you to discover. Here are some of the more important museums around the kingdom:

 


Bangkok
Jim Thompson’s House

Of all the players in Thai history, Jim Thompson is probably the most mysterious. An American serviceman attached to the O.S.S., he settled in Thailand after the Second World War and was...
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The National Museum

For people interested in getting a good feel for the history of Thailand, the museum is very much a ‘must see’ destination. Initially established as a building within the palace area in early...
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Kanchanaburi
Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Hellfire Pass is a 500 meters long and 26 meters deep section of rock that was dug out by Prisoners of War intended to allow the ‘Death Railway’ to continue its route from Bangkok to Rangoon....
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The JEATH War Museum

If the cemeteries bear witness to the carnage of the ‘Death Railway’, the JEATH Museum bears witness to the suffering of those that fell during its construction. The ‘open-air’ JEATH (Japan,...
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Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen National Museum

Issan (or northeastern Thailand) was home to a number of ancient civilizations including those of the Ban Chiang, Dhavaravati, Lopburi and Khmer eras. Khon Kaen played an important role in the...
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Worth seeing

Thailand’s museums cover every possible subject – the country’s monarchs, hill tribes … there is even a forensic museum in Bangkok housing corpses of infamous murderers! Of course the serious history and culture buffs will want to visit Bangkok’s National Museum, but it’s worth noting that almost every province has a National Museum covering important aspects of that area’s past. Thailand has an abundance of museums for you to discover. Here are some of the more important museums around the kingdom:

The more time you have in Thailand, the more history and culture you can take in! Here are some museums you might want to visit if you are on a longer visit:


Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre

Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre is funded by the Japanese Government and dedicated to research into Ayutthaya’s history (focusing on its era as the nation’s capital). The centre houses a museum...
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The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum features Thai Fine Arts and Handicraft from the Ayutthaya era. A number of antique Buddha images are on display alongside local relics, carved wooden panels, Thai...
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Bangkok
Songkran Miyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum

If you are looking for something different to do, a trip around the Songkran Miyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum will probably fit the bill. Located behind Siriraj Hospital it is a...
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The Royal Carriage Museum

The Royal Carriage Museum houses carriages used for royal processions during the reign of King Rama V.  Situated close to Vimanmek Palace, the carriages are brightly coloured and delicately...
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Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai National Museum

Located in the north of the city the museum features a range of displays and exhibits providing details of Chiang Mai’s Lanna era. The museum documents northern Thailand’s pre-history to present...
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Hilltribe Research Institute Museum

The Hilltribe Research Institute was founded to increase awareness of the northern hilltribes that inhabit the mountains of Chiang Mai and other provinces. The museum offers a range of exhibits...
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Chiang Rai
Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre

Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre is run by a nonprofit organization called the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) with the intention of teaching people about the...
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Pattaya
Sanctuary of Truth

Sanctuary of Truth is an enormous temple-like structure entirely made of wood. The place is filled inside and out with wood sculpture based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The Sanctuary...
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Sukhothai
Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

Under auspices of Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, Ramkhamhaeng National Museum features a variety of historical pieces found in Sukhothai and surrounding areas. Antique arts are the main focus of...
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