Bangkok National Museum is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts. Located on the grounds of the former Crown Prince’s Palace (the Front Palace or Wang Na), the museum was established by King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) to exhibit the antiques that he inherited from his father, King Rama IV (King Mongkut). In recent years, Bangkok National Museum went through major developments and now houses three Thai- and English-language collections that will take you through Thailand’s history. Free tours are available in English (daily), French and Japanese (Wednesdays) and German (Thursdays).
The Thai History Gallery in the Sivamokhaphiman Hall covers Thailand’s history from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Periods to the present period or Rattanakosin. The Archaeological and Art History collection, the second collection, includes prehistoric artifacts like Buddha images from the Dvaravati Period.
In addition to Thailand’s treasures, Bangkok National Museum exhibits decorative arts and artifacts from various countries. The last collection, named the Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection, features weapons from China, musical instruments from other Southeast Asian countries and more.
Art isn’t the only thing to admire at Bangkok National Museum. Each building is an outstanding example of Thai architecture, such as the teak Tam NakDaeng or the Red House and the Buddhaisawan Chapel. The Funeral Chariot Hall houses carriages used in royal cremations.
The National Museum is often underrated while located very close by the Grand Palace. It holds a lot of Thailand's history and interesting artifacts. Make time for a visit here, you won't be disappointed.