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Museums in Thonburi, Bangkok – Explore, Savour and Enjoy

Thonburi occupies the western bank of the iconic Chao Phraya River and was the capital for a brief period after the fall of Ayutthaya. The museums here offer fascinating cultural insights.

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Bangkok Noi Museum

Located on Charan Sanitwong Road this museum chronicles the history of Bangkok village and Bangkok Noi. The latter was a prominent trading centre during the Ayutthaya period and served a short term as the capital at the time, Thonburi was a hub. The museum, also, covers the Rattanakosin period, a time when Bangkok Noi was made up of many fruit orchards. Most of the crafts were centred on creating bronze bowls, and some of these beautiful fruit bowls are now displayed at the museum.

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House of Museums

House of Museums offers a collection of everyday artefacts, which were used by the villagers and townsmen of Bangkok. Located on Sala Thammasop Road, the collection there consists of books, toys, stationery, household items and much more. The three story building is made up of 3 exhibition halls, with the first floor showcasing old shophouses dating back to 1957. Offering the perfect 'step back in time' ambience, the shops are made up of a barber shop, café, pharmacy etc. A lovely place to explore especially for guests enjoying the comforts of riverside hotels Bangkok has to offer, this museum is a legacy of the past.

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The Royal Barges National Museum

The Chao Phraya is known as the 'River of Kings', and visiting the Royal Barges National Museum you will understand why. With the river acting as the main connecting highway, in days of yore, the barges were used to carry royalty during popular ceremonies and other stately events. Located at the canal of Bangkok Soi and just half an hour from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, the museum is home to elaborate and stately barges built to resemble mythical creatures straight from the Ramayana. The barges are now only used for special occasions. The most elaborate barge is the Suphannahongse translating to Golden Swan; this craft which is 46 metres in length, was created out of a single piece of teak, and is painted in gold lacquer and adorned with glass jewels.

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Siriraj Hospital Museums – The Condon Anatomy Museum

Located on the third floor of the anatomy building, the Condon Anatomy Museum is rather a vintage attraction. Not for the faint of heart, the place is home to dusty shelves displaying the quirky. There are displays of children born without skulls, preserved organs and even embalmed bodies. Mind you these displays are the real deal, and not plastic replicas.

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Sunthorn Museum

Operated by Sunthorn Chunothaisawat, as a private museum, the place is a mecca for vintage artefacts, representing different eras in history. There is a BMW bike dating back to the inter-war period, a variety of antique clocks chronicling changing designs through history, lovely old-fashioned lamps, simple children's toys beautiful and a far cry from the techy versions of today, as well as, sewing machines, typewriters and a hodgepodge of other fascinating artefact, which history buffs and the curious visitor will love discovering.