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Pattaya may be famous for its idyllic beaches and pumping nightlife, but it is also home to a selection of informative, engaging and fascinating museums. Check out our list of the top 10 best museums to visit while you’re exploring this world-famous coastal town.
Art in Paradise is a fun and engaging way to experience the beauty of art. The over 100 3D art pieces include optical illusions that take you through different themed sections. The images let you become part of the art – balance on a bridge across a deep abyss, surf huge waves or run away from a fierce animal. Art in Paradise also has locations in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.It’s a great activity for the whole family, an outing with friends or even a fun activity to include on a romantic date.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a spooky museum inspired by Robert Leroy Ripley’s books, which later became a popular television series. The 10 themed galleries include replicas and genuine items including optical illusions, ancient torture devices, odd and mythical creatures and a moving 4D theatre with flight simulator technology. This strange, shocking and beautiful museum is designed to invite visitors to question their sense of reality. Warning: the museum is very popular and one should be prepared for the crowds.
Come and explore the enchanting world of Frost Magical Ice of Siam. This 30,000-square meter ice sculpture complex includes the largest ice sculpture in Siam. Weave your way around as you explore local and internationally inspired ice sculptures in -10 degree temperatures. Frost Magical Ice of Siam also has various activities on offer that change depending on the time of year. Suitable for kids and adults of all ages.
Another family favourite is Pattaya’s Teddy Bear Museum. Here you can see over 2000 teddy bears, cuddle them and take photos with them. There is also a large collection of dolls. The Teddy Bear Museum has different zones to explore, with the fairytale zone being the most popular. There are also areas to relax, a kids playground and a tree house.
Anek Kuson Sala, also known as Wihan Sian, is home to an impressive collection of Chinese architecture and fine art. Wander around the site as you explore Chinese mythological sculptures, rare objects, paintings and ceramics. Anek Kuson Sala provides a unique insight into Chinese history, culture and religion.
The Asian Spice Museum is located in the Asian Garden of Spices and Medicinal Herbs. The Asian Spice Museum will take you on a magical journey through Asia’s spices. Learn ancient spice growing and processing methods and the history of spices in Asia. While you are here you can also check out the Botanical Garden, the onsite shop selling spices, herbs and teas and visit the Hall of Opium.
Mini Siam has miniature replicas of iconic historical sites from Siam and beyond. Explore the small world and spot some of Thailand’s most revered sites including, Phra Sri Rattanasasadarm Temple, Victory Monument, the Bridge over the River Kwai and many more. The miniature displays also include international favourites like the Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon. The world’s your oyster at Mini Siam!
The Parody Art Museum is a fun and quirky place to visit. It mixes iconic artworks with common day-to-day modern items or symbols. The museum questions your perceptions and evokes humour. Parody Art Museum is also open in the evenings and is a popular and fun place to spend a night out.
Baan Sukhawadee, also known as Eden House, is an historic mansion that spans the beachfront. Here you can see both Asian and European sculptures, including a large Buddha image, King Taksin the Great and the Goddess of Mercy, to name but a few. Baan Sukhawadee is ideal for historical and cultural enthusiasts.
Thailand is renowned for its intricate and beautiful textiles. The Naowarat Textile Museum opened in celebration of 70 years on the throne of Thailand’s late king, His Majesty King Bhumibhol. On display are Thai silks, linens and traditional attire from Thailand’s diverse regions. The museum provides an insight into Thailand’s national heritage, and also the opportunity to purchase beautiful authentically Thai souvenirs.