The Bangkok Science Museum and Planetarium in Sukhumvit is an interactive museum and planetarium featuring activities, exhibits, models, multimedia presentations and real objects. Also known as the National Science Center for Education, the complex was built to educate the youth and general public about science and astronomy. Its fascinating permanent exhibitions are spread around the four main buildings – the Planetarium, the Natural Science building, the Science Museum and the Aquatic Life building. Exhibitions include the world of energy, robot technology, the human body and pre-history.
While it can’t really compare to the best science museums in Europe and there are some displays with the information given only in Thai, it’s still interesting for families looking for an informative and fun activity. Plus, it’s easy to reach, being right next to Ekkamai BTS Skytrain Station. Admission costs about 30 baht per adult and 20 baht per child/student.
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Many of the exhibits feature modern media and some include tests and experiments, with specific activity days available for students and the general public. Highlights include an interactive pirate ship, play supermarket and the world of insects, which are most popular with young children.
The semi-dome planetarium is probably the most popular permanent fixture at Bangkok Science Museum. Opened in 1964, the large planetarium is the oldest in Thailand and, since its revamp in 2016, features a changing programme as well as 360-degree visuals, an in-built fish-eye lens and surround sound. English language shows take place every Tuesday at 10am and costs an additional 30 baht per child and 50 baht per adult.
Bangkok Science Museum and Planetarium
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 8.30am to 4.30pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: 928 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 392 1773