Bangkok – National Museum
Another attraction on the list for most Thailand tours is The Bangkok National Museum. While there are many museums in Thailand, The Bangkok National Museum is not only the largest one in Thailand, but is also the largest museum in Southeast Asia.
The Bangkok National Museum was originally created by King Rama V around 1874 to show off the private collection of his father’s(King Rama IV) antiques. The museum was later moved to its current location at the “front palace” (Wang Na). Today, the museum has multiple exhibition halls that many exhibits showing various examples and relics from Thai history. There are also displays that show artifacts from Thailand’s “prehistory” as well.
The Bangkok National Museum is located on Rattanakosin Island in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok, Thailand. The Bankok National Museum is just north of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew on the Na Pha That Road (Google Maps has it listed as Na Phra That Alley) between Thammasat University and the National Theatre. You can get to the Bangkok National Museum by taking a taxi, but it is also pretty easy to get there by boat as well.
To get the the Bangkok National Museum by boat, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to the Tha Chang Pier. Once you reach the pier, walk straight ahead towards the east past the intersection and you should see the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew on your right. Na Pha That Road will on your left hand side. Follow Na Pha That Road past Thammasat University and you will see the Bangkok National Museum.
Alternatively, the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat gets go a little bit closer if you take it to the Maharaj Pier. Once you reach the pier, walk east until you reach the Royal Field (Sanam Luang) and turn left on Na Pha That Road. Once you pass Thammasat University you will see the Bangkok National Museum.
The Bangkok National Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9AM to 4PM, but the last ticket is sold at 3:30PM. The museum is closed on public holidays. The admission fee for the Bangkok National Museum is 200 Baht. Photography is not allowed inside of the museum.
Here is the site for the Bangkok National Museum. It looks like the site has not been updated for some time.