Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
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dougs007
Basel, Switzerland1,391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
A local friend suggested to visit this museum. Though having been to Bangkok many times, this is the first time I heard of this.

The museum is modern and has various multimedia and interactive presentations on the history of Bangkok since 1782. Formerly called Rattanakosin, this is why the name of the museum.

There is a small cafe called Golden Coffee. Part of King Rama IX’s initiatives for the growth and improvement of life of its people. The library in the mezzanine is very cozy and has a small collection of English books about Thailand, Bangkok, royalties and Thai food culture. Very instagramble.

There are about 8 exhibition rooms. It is important to join the guided tour. I’d have to say this is likely the most pleasant one I have had in my whole life. There are different staff taking through different rooms. We feel overwhelmed by their hospitality and kindness. And of course this is part of the Thai local culture.

On the 4th floor, there is even an enclosed observation deck where you can get an elevated view of the temples and surrounding nearby. We spent about 3 hours there.
Written February 25, 2022
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Kris A
Munich, Germany95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We went to Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall and enjoyed our visit a lot. The place was clean, the staff welcoming and helpful. The exhibition was wonderful and interesting too. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to carefully read the few English texts because the staff was asking to move to another room. The audio guide was in a very poor state. The voice was broken, the background music too loud. But the responsible guide at the second and third floor was fantastic. A very kind and thoughtful young man. He taught us so much about Thai culture and history. Plus he answered all of our questions. ☺️
Written November 5, 2023
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Steve C
Los Angeles, CA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
First, just to clarify for some people, this is a history museum (more like Singapore's National Museum) than an artifact museum (like the British Museum or the Louvre).

So this museum focuses exclusively on the Chakri Dynasty period (Rama 1 to 9), which is the basically the history of Thailand from the start of Bangkok period. You need to get the free audio guide (1000 THB deposit) in order to appreciate the multimedia exhibits and the staff does their upmost best to explain the rest of the museum in English. Practically all the exhibits had both Thai and English signage. I did both the Route 1 and Route 2, which takes 4 hours (2 hours / route). It's guided, so be prepared to spend the full time. You can't "skip" portions or hurry it up if you're in a rush. I can't distinguish which route I liked better as both explained the history well while they also had exhibits I would totally skip. I think Route 2 gave me a better understanding of the Thai Kings while Route 1 gave me a bigger picture of Thailand through different periods.

The museum really quickly brought me up to speed on the history of Thailand from the 1780s to the present. It gave me a deeper understanding of the temples I saw and laid a really good foundation for me to build on. If you really want to learn about Thai history, I think you should make this a starting point.

Money Tip: if you plan to see this and the Siam Museum, go get the Muse Pass for 199THB.
Written December 13, 2014
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AP1188
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
My hotel recommended visiting the exhibition hall, and I regretted taking their recommendation almost immediately.

To see anything in the exhibition hall, you have to take a tour with a group. Tours start every 20 minutes and last two hours. There are two tour options to choose from; I did the one about Bangkok. I don't speak Thai, so the folks at the ticket sales office recommended I rent the audio guide for 1000 baht; you get the full deposit back when you return the machine. (In lieu of 1000 baht you can also leave your passport.)

The audio guide only works during the films and recorded presentations; the rest of the time you're at the mercy of your guides. Each room we visited had a different guide; the tour group kept getting handed off from person to person as we moved through the museum. This process made it impossible for me to actually absorb any information from the displays or signage because someone was always talking at us. In addition, you can't go at your own pace because the guides were always hustling us from room to room.

I was the only non-Thai speaker in my tour group. Upon entering a room the guide would give a lengthy speech in Thai, and then come over to me and say about 4 sentences in English, so I clearly wasn't getting the whole story. After a while I gave up and instead just tried to glean what I could from the signage before we got herded along to the next room.

The main exhibits were about Bangkok's founding, the palace and life therein, and traditional Thai crafts and arts. There was also an "exhibit" where we were encouraged to get our photos taken and then they were turned into cartoons (?) and added into a video that we watched. One stop on the tour was to an observation area on one of the upper floors; the views were touted as being amazing, but only two sides of the room have windows and the views really weren't that great. Ironically, the guide for that room forced us to stay in there looking out the two windows for a lot longer than necessary (even though the group was bunched up at the exit, clearly ready to leave). That was one room I wouldn't have minded moving quickly out of, and yet I guess she had to keep us in there longer to stay on schedule.

The museum has clearly put effort into making the exhibits interactive and educational, but I came out feeling like I had just wasted 2 hours of my life and hadn't really learned anything.
Written October 6, 2018
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Aveeno1991
Manila, Philippines752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
This is the best introduction to the history of Bangkok! The guests are led around the various floors, exhibition areas by very able, bi-ligual guides on varied topics from as far back as the transfer of capital from Ayutthaya to Thonburi, to the important royal ceremonies, Thai architecture, performing arts and details of the Grand Palace, among other things. Entrance is a bargain at THB100 which includes 2 separate tours - each running two hours. Audio guides are available for a nominal fee of THB100 with THB1,000 returnable deposit. The whole facility is very clean and well managed. The approach is not all guided - there are film showings, interactive exhibits (I enjoyed the cartoon starring the members of our tour group) and enough information to answer the fundamental questions. The exhibition hall is best approached from the Grand Palace (around 10 minutes by taxi) but best to carry map of the place captured via their website or the address written in Thai as not all taxi drivers know of this attraction. Strongly suggesting you allot 2-4 hours for your visit - ideally in the morning as traffic in this area is epic and getting out from the area may take time. The nearest BTS is Ratchathewi or if by MRT, Hua Lamphong.
Written December 24, 2014
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matthewjohnsen
Worcester, MA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Very interesting place. It was a lovely opportunity to learn more about the history, entertainment, and culture of Thailand, particularly the Royal Dynasty represented in the nearby Royal Place. This museum has a beautiful vantage point on the fourth floor of many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, the Fort and other sites. For an American, I learned a lot, and the audio guide an absolute necessity at moments. At other moments, the guides seamlessly add to their tour descriptions in English. Pretty cool!
Written August 28, 2018
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Jane S
Bangkok, Thailand41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Business
There are two exhibitions and you have to choose the right one. The visit will take you 2 hours. So be prepared and take time with it. I attended the one about history of Thailand with so beautiful multimedia presentation. It was quite informative, formal and overwhelming but worthwhile. Another one about history of Bangkok will be more fun, as I have heard.
The True cafe on the Loft offers you an incomparable scenary of historical Ratchadamnoen Road and is a must experience.
This would be a good rest after visiting hot and crowded Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha. If you have BTS card, I think the promotion is still available
Written April 2, 2018
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Dick Z
Bangkok, Thailand3,798 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
This is a museum, or rather exhibition about old time Bangkok and present day art and culture. You can only visit by way of a group tour with a guide speaking mostly Thai. Even for Thai I think the information is too detailed. For farang tourist it definitely takes too long. You would like to wander around by yourself a bit, as there is an explanation to everything in English as well, but this is not possible. You are guided to the different rooms where sometimes there is a movie, for which a translation is blasted into your ears by a head set. A bit confusing to follow as there is the Thai explanation at the same time. In the other rooms with the different displays a guide gives a long tour in Thai. It must be said that the staff is very friendly and dedicated and want you to know every detail. For us it would be too much to do both parts in one afternoon. It is not the way tourists like us wants to see a museum in the present day.
Written December 24, 2014
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fmaco
Phuket, Thailand72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
The museum showed Thai and Bangkok history in very modern and interactive way. Very informative yet fun. It's not a kind of museum that show only relics, objects and paintings. This museum really tell you story and make you understand many of Thai culture&history.

Price: Ticket is only 200 Baht, incredible price for the level of service.

Exhibition: There are 2 routes of exhibition, each route require 2 hours. You can enjoy both route, 4 hours. Tour guide leave every 15-20 minutes.
*Audio guide is available for free but deposit is 1,000 baht.

Cons:
1. English audio guide do not cover every room but staff is helpful. I don't know if they have other languages.

Pro:
1. Location (around 5-10 minutes taxi from grand palace, close to Sao Chingcha and Gloden Mountain, 4 minutes walk to Dinsor road with many local restuarant - Thai food&Thai Price)

2. Staff : Their English is very good. unbelievably helpful and friendly.

3. Air conditioned

4. Wheel chair accessible: almost every room.

5. Locker available

6. Panoramic view on the top floor(4th or 5th, I thin): A/C, coffee shop, nice sofa. Good for tired legs.

Over all. I couldn't believe that it is managed by government. It look as good as private company business.

Highly recommend if you have time.
Written November 20, 2013
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felixchong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
this museum and exhibition tells the rich historical background of Bangkok from it's founding to the modern day...

the tour gives valuable insight into the historical significance of the Grand Palace, design philosophies and cultural elements unique to Royal Siam...while it was very well planned out, our particular session felt a little rush although you can always return to the exhibits after the 2 hour guided tour is complete...

having visited the exhibition after touring the Grand Palace, we felt that this exhibition gave us more insight to properly appreciate the significance and background of the things/places we saw in the Grand Palace.

highly recommend to visit this exhibition first and then going over to the Grand Palace. you'll feel that the 500THB to visit the Grand Palace will be more worthwhile & significant...
Written June 13, 2013
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