National Museum
National Museum
National Museum
Near Khao San Road
funeral chariot
Funeral chariot
Large art collection
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Opening Hours:

9am to 4pm – Closed Mondays and Tuesday and national holidays.


200 Thai Baht per person – ($6.70)


The National Museum is the largest museum in South East Asia with a large number of artefacts housed in an historic building.

What to see:

In additional to historical artefacts there is an impressive collection of funeral chariots and a collection of traditional Thai wooden buildings in the grounds.

The museum is housed within the palace of the former Wang Na, or deputy King. After the abolition of the position of the deputy King, the palace was turned into a museum in 1874. The museum was originally set up to house the private collection of King Rama IV and has been added to since.

The museum is organised into sections each representing a period in Thai history dating from prehistoric times, through the different eras of Thai histor to the modern period. The museum provides a extensive guide to Thai history and culture.

A collection of Funeral Chariots is also held at the museum. These impressive vehicles are used for Royal funerals up to the present day.

Within the grounds a number of traditional buildings have been brought from the different regions and reassembled. These include large teak pavilions and a chapel.

Facilities: Toilets throughout and an affordable Thai restaurant with good food.

Getting There:

Address: Na Prathat Road, Rattankosin

From Khao San: You can walk to the National Museum by heading towards the river and turning left. The museum is located by the Phra Pinklao bridge on the river bank. The walk will take around 20 minutes.

By boat: Take the Chao Praya Express boat to Maharaj pier, then walk along the riverside for about 1km. You can connect from the Sky Train to the boat service at Saphan Taksin BTS station. Sathorn Pier is adjacent to the BTS station.


Starts at 8.30 am with a pick up from your hotel. You will be returned to your hotel at 1pm. The tour includes all entrance fees and an English speaking guide.Click below to book.

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