Museum of Siam tells the story of how Thai identity has developed over thousands of years of continuous habitation in this place. It is the newest museum of Thailand. It represents the development of Thailand, Thai people and Thai culture with an interactive techniques that you can join and have fun with it.

The principal themes of the display are the very first beginnings of human settlement in the region, the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the nature and then purposes of war, Ayutthaya's destruction by the Burmese and the recreation of the new Siam capital in Bangkok.

You will begin in the Immersive Theatre, then through the following exhibits: Typically Thai, Introduction to Suvarnabhumi, Suvarnabhumi, Buddhism, Founding of Ayutthaya, Siam Prathet, War Room, Map Room, New Ayutthaya, Village Life, Change, Politic & Communication, Thailand & The World, Thailand Today and Thailand Tomorrow.

Museum of Siam opened its doors to the public in April 2008. It was housed in the old Commerce Ministry building on Sanam Chai Road.

About 2,000 years ago, Indian, Chinese, and Greco-Roman documents refer to a landmass to the east of India. It was fertile, rich in resources, and there a merchant might make his fortune. These reports attracted travelers to the region which was called, in various languages, Suvarnabhumi, Suvarnadvipa, Jin Lin, Chryse Chersonesos, all of which mean "Land of Gold". Its climate and landscapes gave rise to great bio-diversity, providing the inhabitants with trade goods much desired by traders from abroad. When travelers of that time used the term Suvarnabhumi, they did not have a particular country or city in mind, but referred to the whole region, its mainland, peninsula, and islands. Thus, Suvarnabhumi encompasses the whole of Southeast Asia. H.R.H. Prince Damrong Rajanupab was the first historian to claim that Suvarnabhumi was situated in Thailand, in the Chao Phraya Basin with its center at Nakhon Pathom.

In the minds of the early rulers and inhabitants, Bangkok was a recreation of Ayutthaya, the great city that had been the center of the cosmos for over 400 years. Forty years after the foundation of the city though, when one king had succeeded another, memories of old Autthaya began to fade and people identified themselves more closely with their new city. The population grew rapidly. Chinese people came in large numbers and their influence stimulated and stabilized the economy. By the time of King Rama III (r. 1824-51), Bangkok was expanding fast after 40 years of peace.

   
   

LocationMuseum of Siam
National Discovery Museum Institute, 4 Sanam Chai Road,
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200.
Tel: +66 (0) 2225-2777

The museum is just a short walking distance south of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 32, 44, 53, 82, 524, 48, 64.

Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 - 18.00, close on Mondays.

Website: www.ndmi.or.th

Admission: Foreigner 300 Baht for Adult.

Information correct as of January 2011.