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“Cheeky and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Museum of Siam

Museum of Siam
Ranked #88 of 533 things to do in Bangkok
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Busan, South Korea
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Cheeky and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I think the National Museum gets more press, but this place was great! It details all the different time periods and cultures that came together to make what we know as Thailand today. It has lots of interactive activities and videos, some of which, like a video game wherein you have to maneuver a fiberglass cannon against advancing enemy troops, are more fun than educational. Many of the activities and exhibits are hilarious, showing that Thais view at least parts of their history without too much sanctity.

The staff was incredibly friendly, and there's a decent cafe at the museum that has both inside and outside seating and reasonable food and drink prices.

It's a great place to hit after seeing Wat Pho and/or the Grand Palace complex.

Visited February 2013
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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“Amazingly one entertaining museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

I don't usually recommend people to the museum. But, siam museum offers a pack history of thailand in a very interactive and entertaining way. Very modern and unique. From myth to history to customs. Housed in a very unique traditional modern architecture. My only complaint was the locations and transport information. Check the site for transport advice if you wish to drop by.

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Irvine, California USA
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“Good Introduction to Thailand”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is an interesting modern museum designed to answer the question "Who are Thais?" and "What is the meaning of Thainess?". It traces the history of Thailand from ancient to modern. You learn about the people, their lives, trade, religion, etc. There are lots of videos and interactive exhibits as you go room by room through different periods and topics. One room looks at Buddhism, another Village Life, another about change in the face of colonial powers, and the changes after WWII and popular culture in the 1960's. I was really glad we went. About two hours is enough. It is the "if you are only going to one museum go to this one" museum. (By the way, we arrived just at 4pm and were let in free).

Visited December 2012
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Munich, Germany
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“Great Insights into Thai History and Culture!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you really want to find out more about Thai history and culture this museum is truly worth a visit (2-3 hours). We particularly liked the easy-to-understand introduction to Buddhism - well done by the curators. The entire exibition is rather fresh, also good for kids and certainly more modern than the National Museum... In early December we had some trouble to find the entrance of the museum as the building was surrounded by construction.

Visited December 2012
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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

This museum is a must-see in Bangkok if you want to know more about Thailand and its people.
Somehow, it reminds me of Museum Quai Branly in Paris, but this museum uses more interactive media to trigger your curiosity and present Thai history in an interesting way, using movies, games and 3D materials.
To get there: I suggest you to take a taxi from the Wat pho, or the grand Palace because not every taxi know where it's located.

Tips: The museum is free of charge after 4pm.

Visited December 2012
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