This former Ministry of Commerce building-turned-museum is a beautiful neo-classical ode to Siam’s bygone days. Just a stone’s throw from the iconic Wat Pho, the museum presents thousands of years of Thai history through an innovative style using the lives of people to tell the country’s story. The exhibitions weave through 16 rooms spread over three floors, bringing visitors on an experiential journey through time that seeks to educate through self-discovery. Interactive displays, activities and films are scattered throughout the museum between ancient artefacts like dinosaur fossils from Khon Kaen, and prehistoric weapons found in Lopburi. Every room is decorated with meticulous detail, like the Bangkok Cafe from the Sixties that carefully shows the start of the adaptation of Western ideas in the country. Full of surprises and different from your average museum, the Museum of Siam encompasses the spirit and culture of Thailand in an exciting way. It’s a delightful balance of new and old and proves to be one of Bangkok’s best history museums. Not to mention, the award-winning architecture serves as a must-visit site in itself.
4 Maha Rat Rd.,
+66 (0) 2225 2775