Are You a Museum Goer?
Check Out These 6 Cool Museums in Bangkok!
With a vibrant arts scene and a long history of its own, Bangkok is a city steeped in culture and tradition. It’s no surprise that there are a whole variety of incredible museums to check out when you’re in this huge city. You can learn about Thailand’s historical past, appreciate the uniqueness of Thai architecture, or observe incredible pieces of fine art by prominent Thai artists. To make sure you get to see the best of the best, we put together this list of the 6 most awesome museums to explore in Bangkok!
1. Bangkok National Museum
Established in 1887, the Bangkok National Museum is the oldest museum in the country and arguably the most impressive in terms of historical relics and art. The museum is in the same vicinity as the Grand Palace and is home to a collection of historical art, archaeological findings, ethnology, and showcases incredible Thai architecture. It covers a large area and is divided into several buildings hosting different art forms. This is a place not to be missed for those who love history and want to learn more about Thailand’s ancient past.
2. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
The BACC museum is conveniently located in the National Stadium BTS station, which is just a 2-minute walk from Lub d Bangkok Siam. A museum popular with younger people, it is divided into 9 different floors with shops, exhibitions, and creative art from prominent and upcoming local artists. An ideal place if you love observing creative paintings, photographs, and exhibitions!
3. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
A very modern museum with a unique building, MOCA Bangkok is owned by Thai millionaire Boonchai Bencharongkul to showcase his collection of art over many years. One of Asia’s largest contemporary art houses, MOCA Bangkok features art and sculptures from numerous prominent Thai artists. The museum has 5 floors with each displaying different forms of art. Several floors showcase permanent exhibitions while others consist of seasonal shows.
4. Museum Siam
Museum Siam is a highly interactive and modern museum that engages visitors by taking them on a guided journey through time. The main theme is the evolution of Thai people and Thai culture over many years. Each of the 14 different rooms is dedicated to educating people on the progression and changes in Thai art, lifestyle, society, and culture over several centuries.
5. Jim Thompson House
The museum and the retail company were built by an American named Jim Thompson in the 1960s, who is credited to have saved and popularized the Thai silk industry. If you know about Thailand, then you know that it produces some of the finest silk in the world. Jim Thomson is now a luxury retail brand selling silk-based clothing in Thailand, and the Jim Thompson house museum showcases Thompson’s collection of fine porcelain, art, sculptures, and figurines.
6. Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
A massive museum with a permanent exhibition displaying Thai history and particularly the history of Bangkok. A great interactive museum with professional guided tours, this is a great place to gain insight into the formation of Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand, and the history of the country in general. The museum is situated very close to the grand palace, many iconic temples, the democracy monument, and the National Museum, hence it’s an ideal area for history lovers to explore.
Lub d’s budget hotel in the center of Bangkok could not be any more convenient for you to start your Bangkok city tour and rest comfortably. Not only is Lub d Bangkok Siam comes with comfy dorm rooms and private rooms, living up to its one of the cozy dorm hotels notion but the architecture here is also arguably stylized as a “Gen Z hotel” with Instagrammable spots and other cool features!
We are located in the heart of the shopping district, but all the museums and other main attractions are easily accessible by public transport. Plus, the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center is also just a stum-hopping journey from Lub d!