Friday, June 20, 2008

Bangkok district museums

Street sign pointing towards the district museumIn 2005 Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has started a program to establish a local museum within every of the 50 districts, displaying items of the local history, the local handicrafts and culture. They are named พิพิธภัณฑ์ท้องถิ่นกรุงเทพมหานคร, which simply means "local museum Bangkok". If I read the website on this program correctly, so far 21 such museums were opened. In most cases these museums are within schools.
In the local museum database most of the above are also listed together with their opening times; the missing museums are only accessible in the Thai version of that database. All of the museums have no entrance fee, and are closed on either Sunday or Monday.

Boat and boards with district historySadly the whole program seems to be not much promoted anymore, especially not in English. The website which I link above is quite difficult to find as the domain name is not working anymore. There are also some broken links within it, and of course no English version. If there weren't the street signs the museums would receive even less visitors - when I visited the one of Bangkok Noi lately I wasn't not only the first to sign the guestbook for the day, but for 2 weeks (OK, it was around the Songkhran holidays then, so hardly any students brought there with their school classes). I've posted a report especially on that museum in my travel blog already, so you can get an idea of how these museums look like. I can only recommend to pay them a visit, too bad I have only been able to visit one of these museums (and that twice) so far.

Below is a Google map with all the locations of the museums listed above, as accurately as I could place them. Corrections or additions are of course welcome.

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