Bangkok Museums a rich tapestry of Thai history and culture
There are presently about 184 Bangkok museums in the city and these can be grouped into Palace museums, special museums, Kings' museums and community museums.
We begin our tour of these Bangkok legacies with the Palace Museums. These were former royal residences carefully
restored to depict the life of that era.
Let's start with the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum the former royal residence of Prince Chumbhot and his wife
Mom Rajawongse Pantip. Besides the family heirlooms, this
museum displays the rare
Ban Chiang Collection from a civilization that is more
than 5,000 years old!
Another Bangkok museum, a former palace with an interesting history, is the Varadis Palace the former residence of Prince Damrong
who played a significant role in Thai history. Varadis Palace is now a museum
and library dedicated to his memory.
These Bangkok museums cover special aspects of the history and culture of Thailand.
The Bank of Thailand Museum is one of those very special Bangkok museums. The museum is
in the Bang Khun Prom Palace within the premises of the
Central Bank of Thailand. The former residence of HRH Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand, son of King Chulalongkorn, this museum
depicts the history of Thai currency from the days of the ancient beads, seeds and bracelets till the present forms.
Kamthieng House a
traditional Lanna home in the grounds of the Siam Society in
Soi Asoke, preserves the old Lanna architecture and culture
from northern Thailand.
To get there, please see the map to Kamthieng House.
For a very interesting provincial museum preserving the history, culture, art and craft of its communities, visit the Museum of Nonthaburi which is in an old province just north of Bangkok.
Museum of Nonthaburi
For the history of the Government Savings Bank of Thailand, please the Savings Bank Museum which has some nostalgic images of banking in the early days.
Savings Bank Museum
The latest addition to our list of special museums is the Museum of Floral Culture which displays exquisite Asian and Thai floral designs in an old colonial bungalow set in a lush tropical garden.
Museum of Floral Culture
The Kings' Museums make up another group of Bangkok
museums. These museums were not royal palaces before but
now house museums dedicated to former Chakri Kings.
The King Rama VI Museum within the Territorial Defence Department is a military museum dedicated to King Vajiravudh, a Sandhurst graduate, who had a keen interest in the military. To help visitors locate the museum, please see the map to King Rama VI Museum.
The Samphanthawong Museum in Yaowarat Chinatown
Bangkok is a pictorial history of the early Chinese immigrants,
their lives and contributions.
The Bangkok Noi Museum a community museum on the Thonburi bank,traces the history of the old Bangkok community in the pre-Rattanakosin era, before Bangkok became the capital. The map to the Bangkok Noi Museum shows the way to this museum.
In July 2005, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority announced plans to establish 23 more community museums. Each of these Bangkok museums will preserve the history, culture and life-styles of the communities in the various Bangkok districts.
The Klong San Museum is one of the 23 community museums established in the second phase. This museum covers another old community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya just after you have crossed the Taksin Bridge.
Klong San Museum
The number of Bangkok museums gives an idea of the richness and
diversity of the Thai history and culture and the impact of these influences on
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