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“Disappointing”

The National Museum Bangkok
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Ranked #63 of 585 things to do in Bangkok
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum, considered the largest in Southeast Asia, houses a vast collection of antiquities including prehistoric art, murals, bronzes, exhibits from other Asian countries and ceremonial carriages used by royal families.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed July 30, 2012

The museum is situated near the Royal Palace. Public transport to this part of town is poor and we took a taxi. A (slow) alternative is to go along the river.

The entry fee for foreigners is 100 baht. The brochure suggests that the place is vast with many builings; however, you can see it in a few hours.

The museum is really in a very poor run-down state, both the buildings and the displays. A couple of buildings were closed due to renovation. The material may be interesting, but is is extremely poorly presented. There has been no change since the museum was established, giving it an old fashioned look. There is minimum explanation. The signs are faded, dusty/ water damaged with often poor english.

I found the first building with dioramas of episodes in Thailand's history to be the most interesting. Maybe this is because aneffort had been made to provide some interpretation, or else I was interested in understanding the connections between the different kingdoms and the influence of the neighbours, having just visited Sukhothai and Ayodia.

The restaurant is very poor looking and unappealing, we only had a drink.

The exit is swarming with taxis and tuk-tuks. These practice the usual behaviour encountered near the Grand palace of charging marked-up fares for a ride. After several enquiries we be able to get a good fare for the return trip.

Thank MisterN52
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This place isn't excellent. It is boring because we don't appreciate Thai history and what the country has been through. We walked around for about an hour saw some interesting items but ultimately we found it boring, mainly because it didn't interest us. If Thai history does interest you then you will love this place. Go visit it, have a look for yourself, respect the culture and history of the country you have visited and form your own opinion. Plus it only cost 200 baht. Not open Mon or Tues according to the sign !!!

Thank Neal W
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Rather a bore to be honest but saved by a few fascinating bits.But mainly dull and very boring.

Thank Cambridge2711
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

I enjoy visiting museums, and this one didn't disappoint. In fact, I had to move on to another location before I got to finish looking around. This is a great stop for learning about Thailand's history and development. At the time of my visit, several members of the military were marched into the museum grounds and were promptly taken through the exhibits.

Thank Butler C
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

interesting museum situated about a 10 minute walk from the grand palace. It is a series of buildings each one covering a different part of thailands history. Worth taking a couple of hours to imerse yourself in the local culture

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