6 Weird Museums in Bangkok
Bangkok's Most Creepy, Geeky and Quirky Exhibitions
You've had enough of temples, culture and pretty sights for the rest of your holidays and you are looking for a little thrill in the city. Well, you are in the right place as Bangkok doesn't lack weird stuff! We already dedicated an entire page to the unusual sights of Bangkok but this time we compiled some really quirky, creepy or geeky museums. Some are downright scary, like the correction museum and its collection of torture devices, some are disturbing, like the forensic museum displaying real human babies kept since ages in fomaldehyde, and some are just fun and geeky like the Batcat museum entirely dedicated to Batman and other superheroes. So pick your favourite twisted attraction... and happy exploration!
The Bangkok Correction Museum is definitely at the top of our list of 'Bangkok's Creepiest Attractions'. Set in the remains of what used to be the Bangkok Maximum Security Prison built in 1890, this museum is a testimony to the human ingenuity to design torture contraptions and find all kinds of ways to execute criminals. Part of the museum is displayed inside 'Block Cell 6': the original cells where convicts were doing their time, using human size mannequins to illustrate rather graphically how punishment devices were used. Another part of the museum, set in a less scary building, shows three of the execution techniques used from past to present times. If you look at each scene long enough and use a bit your imagination you will appreciate how dissuasive the punishments were, especially those conducted in public. This spotless museum is now part of what has become a beautiful public park and the entrance is free. Read More...
- Open: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 16:00 (closed on weekends)
- Location: Romaninart Park
- Price Range: Free (although a small donation is appreciated)
Ranking high in the race for the most disturbing attraction in Bangkok, the Forensic Museum is also at the very top of the list. Not only is the display of countless human parts seriously eerie, but the old, dusty, creaky building in which this huge collection is displayed also adds to the sinister atmosphere. Located in Siriraj Hospital opposite the Grand Palace, six rooms display gruesome scenes, the creepiest being the anatomy room with adults and babies bodies kept in yellowish formaldehyde for who knows how long; some are regularly shaped and some others seriously deformed. Another room shelters a gruesome collection of organs infected by parasites and a more recently built room shows a full collection of abnormal fetuses. Not for the faint hearted. Read More...
- Open: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 16:00
- Price Range: 40 baht - free for children under 120 cm (not sure you should take kids there, though)
- How to get there: Take the river shuttle near the Grand Palace. Catch the boat at Chang Pier or Prajan Pier, disembark just across the river at Pranok Pier, it's fairly simple. The ride only costs three baht.
The Human Body Museum is as close as you can get to a real dead body; you will even be invited to hold an actual human brain to appreciate its weight. How disturbing is that? Actually the entire display is so spotless and aseptic, it's not as scary as it sounds. 14 human bodies stand proudly in two rooms and each body is skinned, cut or sliced at a different levels in order to display muscles, nervous systems, organs and bones. The result is striking. Past the first apprehension, it becomes really fascinating to appreciate the complexity of the body we are living in since the day we were born… The museum is not well known despite being located very near Siam Paragon and Siam Square. Read More...
- Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.30 pm), closed on Monday and national Holiday
- Location: 9th floor of the Dentistry Faculty Building of Chulalongkorn University.
- Telephone: +66 87 097 5481
- Price Range: 300 baht for adults, 100 baht for students
- How to get there: The university is very large so it's easy to get lost. Maybe the best way is to come from the back of Siam Square and enter next to the large and easy to spot book shop.
The Thai Labour Museum is probably the least known exhibition in Bangkok and hardly anything has been written or said about it. Located just next to Makkasan Train Station, the building was originally the Railway Police Station, then the Railway Labour Union Office and finally became the Thai Labour Museum on the 17th October 1993. In this discreet, single storey building a very important story is told, one that is often sad or shocking. Before becoming the apparently easygoing country it is today, and just like most developing countries, workers only had basic rights, if any, and Thailand went through several tumultuous and violent episodes in which workers revolted. Each of the six rooms in the museum depicts the evolution of the labour movement and their fight to obtain fair treatment. Read More...
- Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 10:00 to 15:00
- Location: Ratchathewi Road Rd., Makkasan, (just next to Makkasan Train Station)
- Price Range: Free, but a small donation is appreciated
The Batcat Museum is comic book geek paradise, displaying thousands of action figures of the super heroes we all know, from the very first Batman and other Captain Americas to the super high-tech Iron Man in his improbable suit. As the name of the museum indicates, a large room is entirely dedicated to the iconic Batman, exhibiting such a staggering amount of merchandising it makes Batman movies look like 'supporting commercials' for action figures, toys, costumes, books, board games and other silly accessories. There is something for every child in us: a spiderman collection, several full size monsters, a full set of the Japanese characters Masked Rider and Ultraman and even a Star Wars corner. If you like boy's toys, this is your place! Read More...
- Open: Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 17:00, Saturday-Sunday, 09:00 - 20:00
- Location: 32 Srinakarin Road. Huamark, Bangkapi
- Telephone: 66 (0)2 375 9006
- Price Range: Adults: 250 baht, children: 150 baht (discount possible on presentation of a Thai ID or driving licence)
The House of Museums is a fun and eclectic display of objects from the sixties and a very popular venue for young Thais during the weekend. If you are Thai and happened to be born in this era, all the objects on display will certainly bring back nostalgic memories. Each floor has its own little speciality... an old pharmacy, an electronic shop with bulky tv sets and laughable 'portable' phones, a classroom and even a mini movie theatre. Our favourite exhibit is the complete antique dentist cabinet with the chair, light and basin attached, and the comprehensive array of torture tools your dentist used at the time, usually accompanied by the ritual line, 'This won't hurt a bit, trust me, I'm a dentist'. Read More...
- Open: Saturday and Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm
- Address: Khlong Pho Land, 170/17 Moo 7, Soi 2, Khlong Pho Rd., Sala Thammasop, Thung Kru, Bangkok 10170
- Price Range: 40 Baht - free for children under 120 cm