Siriraj Medical Museum
Siriraj Medical Museum
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Floater7
Boise, ID12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Pretty interesting, but also very graphic, so be prepared.
Put on your CSI cap.

Several weeks after I viewed it, my wife told me a story.
Apparently her mother was pregnant and riding a motorscooter near by, and got in an accident. Lost the baby, and it ended up in that museum.
Glad she told me afterwards.
Written March 9, 2023
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ianthailand999
Chiang Mai, Thailand38 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Interesting exhibits which you won’t see easily outside of Thailand. Second time for me. The area is good too if you go by boat. So typical old Bangkok. You won’t find yourself in a place like this in the tourist places. Not easy to find, so use Google maps.
Written January 14, 2024
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DavidWGrant
Dallas, TX139 contributions
Mar 2012 • Business
If you liked Philadelphia's amazing Mutter Museum, you will love its inspiration, Thailand's "Death Museum". Taxi drivers will know it better as the death museum, and this is important because Sirriraj is huge! You'll need to get to the right part of the complex. I wish I'd had this place at my medical school! It is grimy, dark, uninviting physically, and absolutely mind-blowing medically. The best preservation of the human nervous system I've seen. Exhibits are old, dusty, drab. The preserved bodies of murderers, displays of tortured prisoners, collections of tumors and congenital malformations, comparisons of healthy and diseased bodyparts, and general atmosphere are amazing! Not for the squeamish, but if your children are normal emotionally healthy teens, they would love this place.
Written November 22, 2012
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Stuart M
Southampton, UK88 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
I've been meaning to come here for many years and finally got around to it yesterday. My wife (Thai) was not going to come as she doesn't like this sort of stuff but she did and enjoyed it.It's very educational and factual.

I want to get one thing out in the open first and that it was great value for money. People have complained about the two different prices for Thai and Non-Thai but I can't see the issue. I come from the UK and you pay a different price to get into some attractions if you are a local so whats the difference? We forget that Thai people pay their taxes and some of those go to pay for museums and national parks as the costs aren't covered by the entrance costs. This is no exception and as a Non Thai that doesn't pay local taxes I am more than happy to pay a higher price (which is still very reasonable). For 200baht (£4.50) I had three hours of entertainment and education, in my book thats a bargain especially given that I had the use of a free headset in English. You have a locker at the main museum which is free to keep your things in. No Photos are allowed in the museum.

The museum was easy to find from the front of the hospital. There are in fact three buildings and they are laid out as such: At the entrance on the ground floor you need to leave some ID in exhange for a visitor pass. The main museum on the second floor contains three different smaller parts to the museum. The first is about healthcare and pathology in Thailand and heart disease, reproduction and other illnesses. There are preserved foetuses in jars in different stages of growth and with different medical issues including conjoined twins etc but all in keeping with a medical exhibition. The second room has details of the Tsunami and is very well done and has a 15 mins film subtitled in English. The rest of this very large room contains photos of injuries to people from stabbing, explosions, car accidents etc although you could easily walk past this bit if you're not paying attention. There are also a lot of exhibits and a few mummified bodies in cabinets as you may have seen on the internet. The cabinets contain lots of body parts showing things like a heart with a stab would etc so once you've seen one of these unless your interest is medical you may find that once you've seen one you might move on. The museum is very much educational rather than being "a death museum" as some have pointed out. The third room contains details of parasites etc and again is very interesting. We spend about 1.5-2hr in the main medical part of the museum although we skipped some items. You then go downstairs and collect your ID and head around the corner to the next part which is up on a third floor in and older building. This is the Congdon Anatomical Museum. This part of the museum is different and more suited to those who want to see how the body works and is made up and it is very interesting albeit as one would expect very graphic. Go downstairs out the door and turn left and at the end of this building is a room which is part of the same building but accessed from outside there is an exhibition of more historical nature (it's closed from 29 Jan until July I think) although unless your really interested in this type of thing it may not be of interest.

There is also another museum around the corner which I'm led to believe is new and is more of a history museum and from the small guide book looks quite large but it was shut and we didn't visit it (although I would return to visit on another day) This museum is called the Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum. Despite the fact that two parts of the museum where shut we had a good time and great value for money. I would imagine that if your interest is more medical and historic you could spend most of the day here. If it's just the blood and guts and interest in the Tsumani and general health then you won't be dissapointed. We got a taxi there but you can go by boat as others have explained.

I was expecting it to be very macabre and disturbing but I didn't find that to be the case (and I don't like horror type films etc). Yes there are dead bodies and parts of bodies / malformed babies on display and malformed babies but they are in medical context and not displayed in a sensationlised way. We found this visit educational rather than macabre and being a medical museum this was the intended purpose I'm sure.

All in all a very worthwile visit and well recommended. The photos are from the Free small guide book they give you.
Written January 30, 2018
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Ozzie B
Chiang Mai, Thailand19 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This museum is only opened on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Closed for lunch 12 - 1.00pm. What a shame we missed seeing this museum due to outdated information on all the sites pertaining to the museum
Written June 17, 2015
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Twiglet81
Hythe, UK55 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
We heard about this museum by reading the Lonely Planet Guide where there was a small box aptly named 'freaky Bangkok', it go in to much detail about the actual museum itself other than to say it was a forensic museum and had the mumified remains of Bangkok's most notorious serial killers. My husband and I we're pretty excited being devotee's of the Crime and Investigation channel, and fascinated by crime, so off we went! It quite a drive from the Sukhumvit district, and is in part of the hospital, but we found it ok with the help of our taxi driver who we arranged to pick us up in an hour. Well, I can honestly say it was nothing like expected inside...The 1st thing we saw as we walked in was roughly 25 preserved baby corpes in glass cases, all with some sort of birth defect (2 heads, hearts hanging out, brain disconnected from body) I must admit I couldn't look for more than a minute or so. Next we came to a display about Elephantitus, where there was a man's ball pickled, there were also several cases with bugs that live inside you, stomach germs, and information on bacteria, etc, considering I had been suffering with Bangkok belly it sent my hypochondria in to over drive! After that we finally stumbled upon the reason we visited the museum, some criminals mummified, I was a little dissapointed that there was no information about them or the crimes they had commited at all. As I turned around from looking at the mummies, I realised surrounding us we're more dead babies in cases, it all got a bit much for me at that point, I began to feel rather dizzy and much to the amusement of the security guards, and other Asian visitors I thought it best to leave. On the exit route thoough one side is lined with photo's of people's corpes after they have been caught in a helicopter blade, been killed by a hand grenade, been murdered and mutilated, commited suicide and many more, on the other side is more babies! Our sign in time and Sign out time were only 5 -10 minutes apart and we had a lengthy wait for our cab!! Overall more of a medical museum in parts, can see how it may appeal to medical students, doctors and trainee's. Really did highlight the difference in culture's, but you need to be pretty strong minded/strong stomached to bear some of it!
Written December 19, 2011
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Paul B
Poulton Le Fylde, UK37 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Finding this place can be tricky. Even with the advice that people have given here.
We got off at Prannok Pier (10) and walked directly inland, up the main road. Keep walking past the two entrances on the right. One is for the nurses and students and the next is the one of the main entrances for the hospital. Keep going till you pass the bank and the next entrance says 'Gate 1' and there'll be a green sign on the inner wall pointing to the Museum. You have to walk quite a way past all the various hospital buildings, but keep going straight down that road, deeper into the hospital. You're looking for building 28, on the hospital map boards. There are more yellow signs to the museum as you go along.
There are three of the museums in Building 28, on the upper floor. You'll have to sign in on the ground floor, first. When you get upstairs you can buy your ticket and have to lock your bags away in a locker. We got the full ticket that included the other history museum, too.
The woman at the counter can provide you with a map to the next building, etc.
The Audio Tour is a must if you don't read Thai. You'll be lost without it. Unfortunately some of the audios don't work when you point the infra-red sensor at them. But you can get the gist of most things anyway. I found the parasitology museum to be really interesting, but this was unfortunately also the one with the most broken audios.
After this building you have a short walk around the back of 28 to find the door into Building 27 for the next museums. They're along the side of here and not in the same door. The anthropology lab is a little further down from the door to the anatomy museum. There's no audio guides in this building, but there are plenty of signs and labelling in English here.
All in all I found the whole place to be fascinating and well worth the time it took to find the place. I'd highly recommend anybody with an interest in biology, science or even just the macabre to come and spend some time here.
I hope the staff do some maintenance on the audio though. It was a bit irritating at times.
Written November 8, 2018
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Jason S
16 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
A large number of truly odd and mostly gruesome exhibits. Not much of it is it in English, and a fair amount isn't labeled even in Thai. There is not a lot of pattern to it either. But the exhibits are sizeable and interesting and really quite unusual. Other reviews describe it accurately. If you're of the mind to come to a place like this, you won't be disappointed.
Written February 25, 2018
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Jennifer R
San Francisco10 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
This was kind of awful. Some people will relish this collection of mal-formed fetuses, mummies, grisly photographs, et cetera, but it was not my cup of tea. I left thinking about fatal car accidents, parasites, cancerous tumors, and sex crimes, and it took a few hours to shake the gloom. I'm usually pretty interested in the dark side, but this was more than I bargained for. Think carefully before you go.
Written July 31, 2015
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kaza635
Sydney, Australia18 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Not that hard to find. Well worth the visit as it was absolutely facinating. Make sure you visit all the museums in the hospital. The forensic and pathology museums are definitely not for young children. Even my 14 year old son went pale and started to feel sick. I was happy to accompany him to sit outside. Caught the local ferry back to the other side which capped of a very interesting day.
Written July 24, 2015
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