The building that now is the museum was originally constructed in 1782 as a palace for Prince Wang Na. In 1884, King Rama V turned it into a museum. It originally opened as a place to keep the many gifts and antiques King Rama V was given by his father. What was once considered somewhat disorganized and simply a holding place for artifacts to gather dust, is now one of the best museums in Thailand. The museum is home to a plethora of artifacts you cannot find elsewhere, but it also gives you an unseen glimpse into Thai architecture throughout the museum. You would have to search Bangkok high and low to find architecture this historical. Instead, it can be seen all in one place at the Bangkok National Museum. There is a ฿200 entrance fee.
Artifacts from across the Land of Smiles come together to tell Thailand’s intricate story at the Bangkok National Museum. Some of the most popular artifacts include Chinese weapons, golden riches, exquisite stones, clothing, textiles, wood carvings, ceramics, Khon masks, musical instruments and even puppets from across Southeast Asia. The museum also houses a large collection of royal funerary carriages. Each one of these artifacts has a fairly good English description.
Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to the Bangkok National Museum. There is not a close BTS Skytrain stop nearby. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.