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“Interesting and worth the time.”

The National Museum Bangkok
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Ranked #63 of 573 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Reviewed January 13, 2013

I enjoyed the time back into history but it is more than that. You will come away with a deeper appreciation for the people and culture of the Thailand. No disappoint at all !

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The museum is good and worthwhile if you really want to learn. I definitely recommend the free tour at 9:30. Museum has a good section on Thai history, but a lot of it is about Buddism and this is a great chance to learn more about it. I had a local Thai woman as a guide who spoke English and volunteers to do this. She was very helpful and could answer most questions. Eat before you come as the tour can easily last 3 hours.

1  Thank heyjude16
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We were standing in front of the National Museum looking at a map when a nicely dressed local said there was a one day festival in town and the Thai government was subsidizing tuk tuk drivers to take you there and to other temples and the cost is only 60 Baht. He annotated our map and didn't ask for money. We took the bait and were driven to a local temple where we were the only tourists. Then a Caucasian guy who claimed to teach SCUBA in south Thailand, was from Belgium and spoke good English started up a conversation and steared us to what he said was a Thai Government travel agency called ITAT that gave the best prices, etc. So our tuk tuk driver drove us there and we were badly scammed by what we thought was a Thai Gov. travel agency. The price seemed high but we booked a nearly three week trip through them. They proceded to put us in the cheapest shoddy hotels and we estimated that they charged double the going rate! When we Googled this outfit the next day we discovered they were a fake Thai Government agency and a notorious scammer. We went to the Thai Gov. Trourist police and filed a complaint. It was a bit fishy to say the least that they didn't want me to name the travel agency that scammed us! What do you think of that? They only wanted me to say that I needed them for protection while I asked for a refund. Of course they would only give us a partial refund so we refused and of course the rest of our trip was a nightmare of shoddy, cheap, out of the way hotels which we overpaid for. They claimed cancellation fees and also airport taxes which was a joke. A couple of days later we took a taxi to the Royal Palace and the driver dropped us in front of a palace gate that wasn't actually an entrance and the people there claimed they were closed for lunch and oh by the way how about a tuk tuk ride to see some temples? Same scam, different location. Trust noone in Bangkok. Find your own hotels. Buy tickets directly from the service you need.

4  Thank Homeboynot
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

There are a few interesting pieces of infos, however unfortunately as is the disappointing culture of many national thai services and educational centres (and sorry to say engrained in many Thai people), they charge foreigners about 10 times more than locals....Why????????
Leaves a very bad lasting impression. When are you all going to wake up and treat people equally???

Thank Frosty999
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We went there with our five year old daughter. We passed an enjoyable few hours there although I have to say that this isn't a great choice for small kids, although the interactive displays (that actually worked) kept her attention well. The admission fee seems to have been jacked up from the previous 50 baht to 200 baht each. Has a dusty, fusty feel which you either like or not. Nationalistic rather than objective in tone: but then it is a "national" museum after all
Pros - lovely buildings, the central exhibits are well put together and evoke the feel of old Siam well, huge array of archeological pieces from Thailand showing the influence of neighboring countries, and some beautifully painted ceramic and wood pieces. Nice cafe.
Cons - explanation cards minimalistic, many interactive displays not working, maintenance minimal - I am hoping that the price increase is there to pay for a revamp!

1  Thank In_vino_veritas25
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