Art Lover's Guide to Bangkok
While Bangkok is better-known for its palaces and temples than its museums, the Thai capital is home to thriving fine-arts and performance-arts traditions. Here are the top places in Bangkok to experience Thailand’s art scene.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
If you're interested in contemporary art and culture, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is the place to experience it. The center hosts a variety of special events focusing on everything from art and media to performance.
Bangkok National Museum
Established in 1874, the Bangkok National Museum is one of the largest in Southeast Asia, with extensive collections of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. Choose a tour that gets here early to avoid the crowds.
Jim Thompson House
At the fascinating Jim Thompson House, visitors can see different types of Thai architecture along with a large collection of Southeast Asian art. Those who want to view the interiors need to join a tour; hotel transfers are often included with private tours, which you can prebook.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Spread across five stories, this contemporary-art space houses a permanent collection exceeding 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other pieces, all displayed in light, airy spaces.
Situated inside the Dusit Palace Complex, the Vimanmek Mansion contains royal chambers featuring a variety of elaborate period furnishings. The mansion is also home to a large collection of royal artwork, including paintings of erstwhile rulers.