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Top 05 Museums in Bangkok – A Taste of Culture

Bangkok's museums have been given a facelift and what's revealed is a fascinating world of arts, culture and traditions, as well as modern marvels. Read on for a list of the best museums to explore.


Bangkok National Museum

Basing yourself at a Bangkok city hotel is your best bet for a comprehensive exploration of the best museums in Bangkok. The national museum is a must visit, located within what was previously the grounds of the 18th century Wang Na Palace. Easy to access from the Grand Palace, the museum is home to a wide range of Thai artefacts and art, as well as, a range of antiques which were gifted to King Rama V by his father. Ideal to get a taste of Thailand's stately past the museum should definitely be first on your list.


Museum of Siam

The vintage neo-classical building within which the Museum of Siam is located is in stark contrast to the treasures it holds within. The building resplendent with old-fashioned columns, beautiful vintage ceramic tiles and elegant wooden staircases is full of displays showcasing modern technology and new-age art. Located less than 30 minutes from Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, the place is a marvellous amalgamation of the two elements, modern and old, which are present right throughout the museum; it offers a marvellous treat and is interesting to explore.


Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Thailand's most comprehensive collection of modern paintings is housed within the Museum of Contemporary Art. Within the five storey MOCA building are over 800 pieces of artwork, which were collected by Boonchai Bencharongakul, Thailand's communications magnate. Tour the museum to understand the development and emergence of modern art embracing western concepts, within a country steeped in ancient traditions and cultures as old as time.


Bangkokian Museum

This is a rather discreet little museum that is not as popularly known as the others, but, it is a marvellous place to discover and explore. Located in Bangkrak, the place also known as a folk museum is made-up of two antique wooden houses which have been well-preserved over the ages, since their construction around the 1800's and 1900's. Entrance to this museum is free; all you need do is to write your name in the visitor book.


Vimanmek Mansion Museum

The Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest constructed entirely of golden teak, the building is located on Ratchawithi Road right behind the National Assembly. The teak marvel was initially built in the Chonburi province and later relocated to the Dusit Palace in Bangkok by 1900; the move was done under the instructions of King Rama V. HM Majesty Queen Sirikit renovated the place recently, turning it into a museum in the process. Within you will find a range of memorabilia from vintage photographs to porcelain and glassware, dating back to the 1800's. Enjoy old-world charm exploring this fascinating place which provides unique insights and a truly memorable experience in the Thai capital.