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Thailand National Museum, Bangkok
Thailand's National Museum, Na Phrathat Road in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok next to the National Theatre.
The National Museum of Thailand is open 09.00 to 16.00 on Wednesday through to Sunday including some National Holidays.
Closed Monday and Tuesday, New Year, Songkran Days and Thai New Year.
There is an entrance fee (2007 40Bht)
Museum guided tours are available in English, French and Japanese every Wednesday at 09.30; in English, French and German every Thursday at 09.30 and Thai every Sunday, a service provided by 'National Museum Volunteers'.
We visited the National Museum in early October 2007 and spent the best part of an afternoon moving between the buildings and galleries until our feet couldn't stand it any more! There are a lot of interesting things to see; most of them have English textual information.
The National Museum, Bangkok was originally created by king Rama V to display the effects and private collections of his predecessor King Rama IV in 1874. The permanent exhibitions are divided into three sections: Thai History, Thailand's Archaeology and Art History from prehistoric times up to the Bangkok Period, Ethnology and Decorative Arts. It has occupied the present site, which was once the royal palace called 'Wang Na', since 1926.
The Buddhaisawan Temple in the National Museum of Thailand grounds is a Buddhist sacred place housing the Phra Buddhasthing and due respect should be observed when visiting it.
The diorama displays in the History Gallery are particularly effective in showing historically correct clothing, buildings, weaponry etc. Over half of this type of display has a recorded voice narrative in English as well as Thai.
Other galleries within The National Museum of Thailand include: The Precious Objects, Old Transportation, Marionettes and Games, Ceramics, Ivory, Mother of Pearl Inlay, Old Weapons and Armour, Royal Regalia and Gold Treasures, Stone Inscriptions, Wood Carvings, Textile and Costume, Religious Articles, Musical Instruments, Royal Funeral Chariots, Scriptures, Thai Hindu Culture, Equipment, Prehistoric Artifacts, Coins and Banknotes - amongst other minor displays.
There is a small Coffee Shop, Museum Shop and a couple of toilet blocks with 'squat' toilets in the gents and western style in the ladies, on site too.
The gardens are very well kept and the topiary is very good. We particularly liked the 'Elly'.
The National Museum is part of The Fine Arts Department of Thailand, unfortunately photography is not permitted by them inside any of the buildings or galleries so we have used images of similar quality items for information purposes only.
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