The House of Museums near Bangkok
The House of Museum is a three floors display of Thai daily items from the sixties and beyond. It’s fun, cute and sometimes funny. Even if you are not Thai, many objects displayed will look very familiar.
House of Museums is not your traditional town museum. It’s doesn’t display paintings or potteries or mannequin frozen in some forever war. No, it’s a lot more interesting than this. Located in the most unlikely remote location halfway between Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom, The House of Museums would be hard to find without Google map navigator.
The House of Museums is so hidden at the end of a series of small streets, it feels like to owner wanted to see only the worthy ones, those who would really make an effort to find it. In any case, you’ll need a car to get there; I doubt any taxi would find it, not to mention the fare.
The House of Museums is privately owned and is still growing… it is really a cute bric-a-brac. Each floor is dedicated to a collection; The first floor is all about toys, tin toys, candies, old drinks and medicine. Everything looks old, but I know for a fact that some medicines on display are still on sale today; they just look the way there were went they first hit the market in the sixties. An entire room looks like a pharmacy with dozens of wooden drawers, but our favourite was definitely the dentist room with its old torture chair (well, that’s what I call it) and all the instruments used at the time. Since I never looked directly at the tools when at the dentist, I never noticed how primitive they looked.
The second floor is the electronic revolution floor with a lot to laugh about if you are older than forty. You’ll recognize things you’ve using as a kid and might even be proud of. TV sets, old radios, vinyl recordings, the first copy machine, typewriters… Typewriters! You had to use carbon to make a copy, and they didn’t even have a Ctrl+Z function! The room is mini cinema, but best of all it the hairdresser room. Look at the Hairdresser chair and compare it to the dentist chair. It’s almost the same! The floor above displays a small classroom and an old fashion office.
It’s a great day out, very entertaining. Unfortunately, such a fun place is so far away from Bangkok.
House of Museums Info
Open: Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Address: Khlong Pho Land, 170/17 Moo 7, Soi 2, Khlong Pho Rd., Sala Thammasop, Thung Kru, Bangkok 10170
House of Museums Map