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Things to do in Bangkok • Museums and the arts

A city steeped in modern creativity and traditional artistry, there are plenty of culturally rich places to discover in Bangkok

The Siam Room, Museum of Siam Discovery Museum, Sanamchai Road, Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok: Interact with history at MuseumSiam © Mark Parren Taylor

Museums and galleries in Bangkok

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles , Bangkok, Thailand

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Bangkok’s old town can seem like a vast open-air heritage centre, but every district in this metropolis has its local museum, many worth checking out. Among Bangkok’s best museums, the interactive displays at MuseumSiam and the Chinatown Heritage Centre show everyday aspects and reveal the hidden histories of Bangkok life.

Traditional arts and crafts are also being shown in more accessible ways. Housed in an elegant mansion compound, the world’s first Museum of Floral Culture highlights the virtuoso passion of designer Sakul Intakul. Weaving is another Thai artistic hallmark and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles at the Grand Palace showcases sublime examples. Meanwhile, the Jim Thompson House Museum explains the story of Thai silk.


Museum and gallery venue details

MuseumSiam Thanon Sanam Chai. +66 2357 3999.
Chinatown Heritage Centre Wat Trimit, 661 Thanon Charoen Krung. +66 2225 9775.
Museum of Floral Culture Ongkarak Soi 13, 315 Samsen Soi 28. +66 2669 3633-4.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles Grand Palace, Thanon Na Phra Lan. +66 2222 8181.
Jim Thompson House Museum 6 Kasemsan Soi 2, Thanon Rama I. +66 2216 7368.

Culture and the arts in Bangkok

BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture), Bangkok, Thailand

Art on a huge scale at BACC © Mark Parren Taylor

Famous for parties as much as paintings, Bangkok art galleries have an increasing foothold in two emergent artist-centric neighbourhoods. The time-worn lanes of Charoenkrung and Chinatown are being revitalised with experimental spaces like the Soy Sauce Factory. Anchoring the gallery cluster at other end of town in Phrakhanong, the new HOF Art space gives a biennale-style feel to the art-themed W District complex.

In between, the world-class design centre TCDC showcases applied creativity, and WTF art bar combines installations with spoken-word events and music nights. The huge BACC acts as a mothership, hosting exhibitions, film festivals, cultural performances, conferences, bookshops, the Thai Art Archives and original food and coffee outlets.


Culture and the arts venue details

Soy Sauce Factory Charoenkrung Soi 24. +66 9 2115 8696.
Hof Art W District, 1599/288-290 Thanon Sukhumvit. +662 178 0095.
TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Centre). Emporium, 7th floor, 622 Thanon Sukhumvit. 
WTF 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51. +66 2662 6246.
BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture Centre). 939 Thanon Rama I, opposite MBK. +66 2214 6630-1.


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