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Updated by Alex Untola on Nov 04, 2014
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Must Visit National Museums in Bangkok – a cultural adventure

Although many consider Bangkok as a shopping and party paradise, underneath the glitzy surface there is rich history and culture best explored from the Museums of Bangkok.

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National Museum of Thailand

National Museum of Thailand

The National Museum of Thailand is the most treasured building in the country as it houses a number of precious artifacts from the history of this country. The Museum stretches its branches into all the facets of this nation and has within its walls exhibits from Thai art, history and culture. Established in the former Wang Na Palace in close proximity to the famous Grand Palace, the museum has a great ethnological collection, with unique items such a Khon masks, classical dance costumes, shadow puppets, and traditional musical instruments. Several sculptures also adorn this museum many from the ancient era in the history of Thailand.

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Museum of Counterfeit Goods

Museum of Counterfeit Goods

Unlike the National Museum, this Museum of counterfeit goods is certainly both unique and interesting. Housing a collection of counterfeit items; which is in fact very popularly sold in Bangkok, this Museum takes an effort to educate the masses about intellectual property infringement and its far reaching destructive consequences. The experience of walking down this museum is educative indeed and is something like walking into the Tilleke and Gibbins law firm.

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National Discovery Museum

National Discovery Museum

For those who love to learn about everything that is Thai, the National Discovery Museum in Siam has much to offer. This well designed multimedia exhibition focuses on 2 distinct and important questions; "who are Thais" and "what is Thai culture?" The entire lay out of the Museum revolves around answering these two important questions. It is an ideal destination for a holistic outlook of the Thai history with a number of interactive exhibits where one can learn everything they want to know about the Thais and their ways.

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Siriraj Medical Museum

Siriraj Medical Museum

Regardless of whether you are a doctor or not, medicine is a field that fascinates all. In the Siriraj Medical Museum you can watch medicine come to life in a series of interesting exhibits, some of which are absolutely fascinating and others which are unimaginably ghoulish. Keep in mind though that a good degree of horror tolerance is pivotal to touring this museum because among its many exhibits are dead bodies, mummified corpses of murderers, accident victims and genetically mutated babies that sit floating in jars of formaldehyde!

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Bangkok's Correction Museum

Bangkok's Correction Museum

Justice over the years has been served in so many different manners. The National Corrections Museum depicts the prison culture of the past with details of gruesome torture methods which was carried out with the aim of serving justice. This Museum although not for the faint hearted is a real eye opener of the culture prevalent in the world back in the day.

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Bangkok Doll Museum

Bangkok Doll Museum

Bangkok like China is famous for its dolls and the collection of 400 dolls found here is actually quite remarkable. This Museum is a popular stop over for those who have chosen to spend their morning in one of the Bangkok cruises. In fact the Anantara Cruises promotes the Bangkok doll museum in the list of attractions that can be covered over the day.