Bangkok Corrections Museum
Bangkok Corrections Museum
3.5
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Sarah
By Sarah
It IS Open but it has moved to near Bang Kwang central prison in Nonthaburi!!
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2024
As of January 2024, this museum IS OPEN but it has *** moved location*** to the Department of Corrections building - Nonthaburi 1 Road in Nonthaburi District. It re-opened in summer last year in this new location but hasn't been publicised. I only knew about it as I saw an article about its re-opening in the Bangkok Post. How to get to its new location - take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to 'Nonthaburi' a single ticket on these boats are 16 Baht each no matter if you go 2 stops or 10 stops, it's one flat rate. At the ferry terminal, walk ahead to the main street and then take a left so you walk past the Bang Kwang Central Prison. Opposite the prison is a lovely cafe called Cook & Coff - its run by the prisoners who are trying to integrate back into the community before they are released. There's no English menu but use Google translate to read the Thai menu. Keep walking past Cook and Coff for 3 or 4 minutes and then you'll come to the Department of Corrections and there is a sign on the wall saying 'Entrance', walk round the corner and that's where the museum is. They must not have many visitors as the man working there was very happy to see us and tried to explain things to us (in Thai, we don't speak Thai sadly lol). its a very small museum, with some things about old torture, some Implements and capital punishment. We were only there maybe 30 minutes, but its definitely worth a visit, just for the unbelievable descriptions of how they used to punish prisoners!! Entry is free and there's a guest book to sign. For a morning out on the ferry, at the cafe and this small museum, it's worth the trip! Also there are hardly any tourists that go to Nonthaburi, which means you can just walk around this area and see a real bangkok suburb.

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SirRahikkala
Helsinki, Finland445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
This museum was established in 1939 and is all about prison and punishment in Thailand from the last 200 years. The museum itself is located in an old maximum-security prison built in 1890. This place is not for the weak hearted, because it houses life-sized examples of torture methods used years back. This place is really interesting, even though grimy due it's nature. First of all, you cannot reach it by BTS or MRT, you need to take taxi to it. The museum has two different buildings along the park. Other side building has the prison itself which has jail cells containing items about torturing, executions and general prison life. The exhibition building has large collection of items, descriptions and settings from last couple hundred years of thai prisons.

Please note the following: Photographing is not allowed. Museum is free of charge. Do not take children there. You need to take shoes of in the exhibition building.

Location is at Phra Nakhon area, near at the Romaneenart park (for taxi driver)
Written July 14, 2013
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heteudndheneh
Tewkesbury, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
I have just been, and there are some guard towers left and some of the main wall and 1 cell block left, which you can walk around but I believe the museum has now gone and it's all been renovated into something else. Was gutted it has gone.
Written December 14, 2015
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shan78_12
Perth, Australia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
We decided to check this place out after finding it on trip advisor and reading all the good reviews and it didn't disappoint. As other reviews have already said the museum is located in a park and is pretty quiet. A guard appeared out of nowhere to let my husband and I in along with 2 other tourists. The first section uses mannequins and shows different torture devises used in the past with descriptions in Thai and English in each cell. The second section (you will need to remove your shoes before entering here) had drawings and descriptions of various killing and torture methods used. Even though these are only drawings it still managed to turn my stomach so I would recommend walking straight through this section if you have a weak stomach. The 3rd section is upstairs and has a lethal injection table, a set up of a beheading (using mannequins) and real life before and after photographs - they are old and quite grainy so I actually found these easier to look at then the drawings downstairs. The buildings get quite hot so I would suggest you don't visit during the heat of the day. It was free entry and all they ask you to do is leave a small donation in the box and sign the visitor register at the end of the tour. They will not allow you to take photographs while you are here either.
Written May 28, 2013
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TravelGiraffe
Geelong, Australia238 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We went out of our way to have a look around this museum, only to be told when we arrived there that it was closed. There is a sign outside where it used to be and a locked empty building. Save yourself the trouble, there is nothing there
Written May 20, 2016
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Phil C
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Museum is closed. Nobody knows when it's reopening. The inner gardens are nice to walk around. There are no refreshments in this area.
Written May 19, 2016
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Timothy David M
34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Too bad. Museum appears to be (permanently?) closed. Heads-up would have been great, but then again, we didn't do our homework. So fault is on us. No need to visit this construction site ;-)
Written November 3, 2017
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sweetsugartree
Manteo, NC1,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
I was really looking forward to seeing this museum after visiting the website but unfortunately it was closed for renovations. (p.s. according to the website - it's free admission but i wonder if they will charge after all the work they are putting into it) I saw the people working hard inside and out and there was a sign on the gate that my driver said the sign said they would re-open in October 2015. Rating "excellent" bc of the website and don't want to give a negative rating but wanted to advise that it's closed and suppose to re-open in October.
Check out the website in the meantime - it's interesting!
Written July 2, 2015
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updog247
Melbourne Beach, FL242 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
The museum is presently closed for some renovations but walking around it you can see the cells where the inmates were kept. No dates for completion was provided by the security guard. Lovely little park next door.
Written February 17, 2015
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jgiro403
Calgary, Canada900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
As someone who is involved in Law Enforcement in Canada, this was an easy attraction to be drawn towards. Essentially, this is an old prison that has since been disbanded and turned into a park, outdoor gym and free museum. It was a little difficult getting to at first since I didn't realize the museum was located IN the park rather than the buildings in front.

The prison walls still stand and it was a little surreal to see the cell block that is still standing. Inside they have numerous cells that you can see into, displaying torture devices and other Corrections related items that have been used in the past in Thailand. There are descriptions of these displays both in Thai and English.

The park is gorgeous and the old prison walls definitely add to the scenery. There is no cost for this attraction, unless you would like to donate. There is also an outdoor gym which seemed to be quite popular during our visit. It opened my eyes to how different methods have been used in the past (and in different nations) to punish those who have broken the law.
Written May 3, 2014
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Wbpdt
Whitby, Canada60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
I'll give the museum a "very good" rating, as it is well done. However, this was the only place in Thailand where I had a bad experience with a local. After going through the first building (capital punishment through the ages), I deposited my donation and signed the guest book. There were two guards. The older one was fine. The other took me to the second building, which is an old cell block. The exhibits are creepy, and disturbing. On my way out he, while standing between me and the gate and holding the key, asked for a further "donation". I gave him a flat no and he did let me go. However, it was disturbing, as the location is not within view or earshot of anyone else. The museum is worth a visit, but not alone.
Written August 6, 2013
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