The House of Museums is nothing like a national museum or some majestic building full of dusty potteries. It's very humble and a lot more fun! None of the objects on display have any financial or historical value but many of them will mean a lot to visitors.
The House of Museums is a private collection of thousands of daily objects and goods dating from the sixties onward, displayed in what appears to be a nicely converted shop house. The place is hidden in a very remote location between Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom and it would be hard to find it without any knowledge of the area, or car navigation.
The museum is popular though; opened only on weekends and the incessant ballets of cars coming in and out are surprising considering the location. Thailand’s young generation from Bangkok love to visit these kinds of fun venues at the weekend and every single visitor seems to be on a photographic mission. The building is divided into distinct collections dispatched over three floors, one room for each type of goods. The toy room is cute and colourful and depending on your age you will certainly recognize many of them. Some forgotten ones will probably revive some sweet memories. Next to it is the dentist room with its old scary looking chair and a set of torture tools. This will not bring back any good memories.
An old-fashioned pharmacy displays fun medicine with their kitsch and sometimes laughable packaging from the sixties, but strangely some of the drugs found here are still on sale today. The curator appears to be very flexible and hasn’t limited himself to objects from the past. The candy corner is fun and very colorful, but the goods only look old, you can actually buy them!
Move upstairs and you'll enter the electronic era... well, sort of. Radios, old TV sets in their antique wooden cabinets, telex and typewriters are crammed into the rooms. Past a mini movie theater playing Charlie Chaplin, a hairdresser salon has a hair drying chair oddly resembling the dentist chair downstairs. The third floor is split between an old office and a mini classroom, all very well recreated with details such as the bamboo stick teachers used in the past. Wait... what was a bamboo stick for?
This is just a quick overview, describing the multitude of objects to look would be endless and everyone reacts to different ones. From floor to ceiling, your eyes and brain will be overwhelmed with the flow of vivid memories rush back to you; you don't even have to be Thai. On the way out take a short break at the nice little coffee shop, they make a nice coffee and it seems to be part of the museum.
The house of museums is kind of far so you will need a car to get there. It's a great stop on the way to Nakhon Pathom, a city full of treasure waiting to be discovered.
House of Museums
- Opening Hours: 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