Great Museums in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Must-See Museums

The best museums in Bangkok are some of the city’s finest cultural venues, displaying centuries-old artefacts of historical significance, Buddhist relics, and modern art pieces. Some are housed in buildings just as interesting as their contents.

Bangkok’s many museums exhibit some of the most sublime, and strangest, collections of relics you can imagine, giving you a wonderful insight into Thailand's colourful culture and unique heritage. Check out our favourite museums in Bangkok – we’re confident you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality on show.

Take a look at our favourite museums in Bangkok, we are confident you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality on show.

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The Bangkok National Museum displays Thailand’s largest collection of local art and artefacts. Founded by King Rama V, the museum occupies the former 18th-century Wang Na Palace in Phra Nakhon. It’s within walking distance of Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace, so you can easily combine a day trip to these spots while in Bangkok. Exhibits are arranged into 3 areas consistent with Thai history, with good English descriptions available. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Location: Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 224 1402
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Museum of Siam occupies a very large neoclassical house near Wat Pho. It’s definitely not the usual display of historical artefacts and dusty mannequins you’d expect to find in such an antique building – wooden stairs, ceramic tiles and old-fashioned columns contrast with resolutely modern art. From room to room, 'The Roong' transports you through all things Thai, from the very beginning of Ayutthaya to the daily life and highlights of Thai history, wars, Buddhism and finally the rapid entry into the modern world. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 4 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 225 2777
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (MOCA) displays a comprehensive collection of modern paintings and sculptures in Thailand. The museum’s permanent collections highlight some of the country’s most celebrated artists, including Lumpu Kansanoh, Denpong Wongsaroj, and Bundit Padungvichian. The Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok is in Chatuchak, about 6.5 km north of the Mo Chit BTS Skytrain Station. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 016 5667
  • Price Range: 180 baht – Student: 80 baht – children/OAP: Free
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The Bangkokian Museum is a simple, discreet museum in Bangrak but the charm is in the pleasure of discovering this small frozen-in-time gem. The complex, sometimes called 'Bangkok Folk Museum', consists mostly of 2 beautifully preserved wooden houses dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s. You can get in for free by writing down your name on the museum’s guestbook. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 273 Saphan Yao Alley, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 233 7027
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