Revisiting local art and artefacts
Established in the year 1887 by King Rama V, Bangkok National Museum (Phra Nakhon) today occupies the former 18th-century Wang Na Palace in Phra Nakhon district. It is within a walking distance of The Grand Palace and Phra Chan Pier near Thammasart University (Tha Phra Chan). It is under the management of the Department of Fine Arts.
The Bangkok National Museum holds 12 halls. Now, featuring the famed Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and Terracotta Warriors exhibition in the Siwamokkhaphiman Throne Hall located at the front of the compound, near the ticketing booth. The exhibition will showcase until 15 December 2019.
There are multimedia displays in English available while some of the exhibitions include relics from King Rama IV’s reign (Sukhothai and Rattanakosin periods), the Archeological and Art History collection showcasing items from Thailand’s prehistoric periods (Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods) to the modern Thai Kingdom today.
Bangkok National Museum also contains the funeral chariot hall displaying the carriages used for royal cremation ceremonies.
There are free tours available in English, German, French and Japanese, however, the schedule may vary. It is best to confirm the schedule either on the website or Facebook page beforehand.
Bangkok National Museum
4 Na Phra That Rd.
Tel: 02 224 1402
Open: Wed-Sun 9am-4pm (closed on Mon-Tue)