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Top 05 Museums in Bangkok – The City’s Best Culture Tour

The museums of Bangkok have been given a facelift, and what were once dusty complexes are now refurbished marvels housing a number of fascinating artefacts and historical records. Listed below is a collection of Bangkok’s best galleries and museums for a taste of history, culture and art.

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The Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok National Museum is located within the former grounds of the Wang Na Palace dating back to the 18th century. Within is an impressive collection of Thai art and relics. It is easy to visit on your tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, both located next door. The museum was opened by King Rama V who used the place to house the valuable antiques gifted to him by his father.

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Museum of Siam

This museum is located within a vintage neo-classical building which is a stark contrast to what is on display. The Museum of Siam does not present the usual dusty relics; instead, on display are exhibits of modern art and examples of contemporary technology. You do get your dose of antique history via the classical building boasting elegant wooden staircases, intricate ceramic tiles and carved columns. Guests at Somerset Ekamai Bangkok will find the museum is 35 minutes away and conveniently located on the same route as other top attractions.

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Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA

A gallery easy to reach from an Ekamai condo, the Museum of Contemporary Art is one for the art lover. Within you will find a good collection of modern sculptures and paintings well displayed within a purpose built gallery. Enjoy exploring the five floors of this gallery, which boasts an overall collection of about 800 pieces of artworks collected by Boonchai Bencharongkul, Thailand’s communications magnate. The collection showcases the emergence of Thai modern art and how western concepts were integrated into the creations.

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Bangkokian Museum

This is a little, hidden gem, which although rather hard to find will turn out to be a fascinating treasure chest to explore. The discreet museum is a real treat, where you are privy to a ‘back in time’ experience. The place is made up of antique wooden houses, which have well-withstood the test of time, from the 1800’s, and remain in perfect condition. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, entrance to this fascinating museum is absolutely free.

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Vimanmek Mansion Museum

This pretty museum is located at the back of the National Assembly on Ratchawithi Road. The main significance of the building is that it is the world’s largest building constructed entirely of golden teak. Originally built and established in Ko Sichang in Chonburi, the building was relocated to the Dusit Palace by 1900 under the direction King Rama V. HM Queen Sirikit later renovated the building, establishing the place as a museum. Within are interesting displays of glassware, old photographs, porcelain and a good collection of memorabilia collected during the reign of King Rama V, offering a truly unique insight into a time long ago.