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Visiting the museum involves a mandatory two-hour tour, so do keep that in mind when you're planning a visit.
Hands-on multimedia exhibits with videos and interactive activities, the museum mainly focuses on royal culture, traditional performance and royal ceremonies. Interesting histories of Rattanakosin are also provided, with thorough discussions of the population and the numerous craft-cultures which have been a part of the city since its birth. It should be mentioned that the museum is far more Thai propaganda than unbiased fact, but even with that in mind it is beautifully displayed and presented.
Admission is 200 baht, 50 baht for under 16, free for students; it is worth the 1,000 baht deposit for the audio tour
How to get there
Located on Ratchadomnoen Klang not far from Democracy Monument, buses 2, 4, 12, 15, 19, 39, 42, 44, 47, 64, 65, 68, 70, 79, 503, 508, 509, 511 and 512. all pass nearby. The museum is also a ten-minute walk from the khlong ferry at Tha Phan Fah and a five-minute walk from Khao San Road.
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