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 Rattanakosin era, the building underwent a number of transformations before becoming what is now called the National Museum in 1887. Housing a definitive presentation of Thai history, the museum has a variety of different sections, each focusing on the history of specific topics (Thai musical instruments, masks, armaments, Thai clothing, etc.).
The displays cover Thailand's 'prehistory', move through the Lanna, Sukhothai, and Ayutthaya periods, and bring you right up to the modern Thai kingdom. Certainly worth a visit is the chapel (Phra Thinung Phutthaisawan) which features 'Phra Singh' Buddha images and the 'Throne room' which caters for numerous special exhibitions put on by the museum. The Tamnak Daeng (or 'Red House') is also worth a look. In fact, as with other world-class museums, the National Museum is a place visitors can spend many hours just wandering through exhibitions and looking at displays.
Details: Admission Fee is 200 Baht. The museum opens Wednesday to Sunday 9.00 a.m. - 04.00 p.m. but is usually closed on public holidays. You are not allowed to take photographs. Organized tours are available.
Address: The National Museum Na Pha That Road, Bangkok 10200
Tel: +66 2224-1370
How to get there: The museum is on Na Pha That Road between Thammasat University and National Theatre in Sanamluang (Royal Field) area near the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. The most convenient way to go there is to use Taxi or Tuk Tuk.