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“Good small museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chao Sam Phraya Museum

Chao Sam Phraya Museum
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Ranked #22 of 33 Attractions in Ayutthaya
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum features gold jewelry, Buddha images, ancient paintings and other objects that were excavated during the restoration of the well-known Wat Ratchaburana.
Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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“Good small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you are visiting Ayatthuya you need to visit this museum to see some of the artifacts that were found in the area, as otherwise it is of course a city of ruined temples (the result the sack of the city by the Burmese in the 1760's).

Visited December 2012
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“See before Wats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

Entry costs 150B.

I would definitely recommend visiting this museum before Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratburana because it explains the history of the temples and contains gold and gemstone treasure unearthed at each. There is no such (free) info available at the Wats.

Not every display in Building 1 has an English translation and nothing in Building 2 is translated, but they give you a little English booklet. For our purposes, that was plenty. I feel like we learned a lot about Ayutthaya and it's history.

Unfortunately, no photos allowed!

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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you have time, beyond seeing all the wats, spend a few hours at this museum and get additional perspective on Ayutthaya and the role this city played in Thai history. We especially enjoyed the gold exhibits on the second floor and the reconstructed buildings on the site. Reconstruction was still going on and it will be nice to view the sites when completed. Some of the jewelry and the textiles are gorgeous and well worth your perusal. Additional signage would be nice, as it is sometime difficult to determine the significance of a display.

Visited January 2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a fairly big museum but there is not that much to see. The ticket refers to three buildings, but one of those was closed. The main museum had quite a good collection of old artefacts, and lots of Buddhas (if Buddhas are your thing). The second building was very uninteresting - lots of ceramics but the descriptions were only in Thai (pretty irritating when you know you, that as a foreigner, you have a paid far high entrance fee than a local).
The entrance fee was expensive for what we got. Not good value.
If you have only got a couple of days in Ayutthaya then I would not schedule this museum into the the visit. Its much more interesting to visit the Wats.

Visited December 2012
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“A must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Chao Sam Phraya Museum is located on Ayutthaya's city island on Rojana Road opposite Ayutthaya's Rajabhat University. The museum is named after the third son of King Intharacha (r. 1409-1424), who once on the throne as King Borommaracha II (r. 1424-1448) ordered the construction of Wat Racha Burana (the Monastery of Royal Merit) on the cremation site of his father and his two elder brothers. The national museum was inaugurated on 26 Dec 1961. The construction of the Chao Sam Phraya museum was funded by the proceeds from the auction of votive tablets discovered in the crypt of Wat Racha Burana to the public. The museum features three exhibition buildings of which the main building is the most important.

This museum let Ayutthaya's old stones tell their story. The highlights are the two air-conditioned rooms exhibiting the treasures found at Wat Maha That and Wat Racha Burana. It is really worthwhile to see it. You will look to Ayutthaya's skeleton ruins in a totally other way; and imagine how much wealth had been looted in earlier days.

Unfortunately the museum in general looks a bit outdated. Most of the exhibited objects have only a Thai explanation (with exception of the two above mentioned rooms) and that is a pity for a museum of a world heritage city. There exists a good book explaining the shown objects in the museum, inclusive nice photographs, but again, only available in Thai language; same for the DVD on the museum. A decent explanation of the exhibited items is important as it is evident that people go to a museum to learn and broaden their horizon. The management of the museum has still work to do on this matter.

On the other side the book shop inside the main building has some interesting works. One of the best buys you can make is the book "Discovering Ayutthaya" by Charnvit Kasetsiri & Michael Wright (2007) - Toyota Thailand Foundation (ISBN 974-7025-37-8). The book was sold until recently at the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) booths in front of the most important temple ruins. It will help you during your visit of the museum.

Visiting Ayutthaya and not going to this museum makes your visit of the Ayutthaya world heritage site incomplete. Even if you have only half an hour, go take a look at the treasures of Wat Racha Burana and Wat Maha That. Your view on the piles of stones is surely to change.

The Chao Sam Phraya Museum is open from Wednesday till Sunday from 0900 Hr - 1600 Hr. Admission fee is 150 Baht for foreigners. The best time to visit the museum is shortly after lunch when it is still too hot to wander outside in the historical park. On the museum grounds there is a booth selling coffee and drinks.

More on the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum: http://www.ayutthaya-history.com/Historical_Sites_MuseumChaoSamPhraya.html

Visited April 2012
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