Regarded as the largest hospital in Central Thailand and the honoured national medical institute, Siriraj Hospital owns a wide array of advanced academic knowledge and precious history, and is also willing to share them to the public. Siriraj Museum, which consists of Siriraj Bimuksthan and Siriraj Medical Museums, thus has been established to achieve the purpose. Whether or not your interest is concerned with the medical field, it is a good idea to pay a visit to this educational site, to learn about your body and life.
SIRIRAJ BIMUKSTHAN MUSEUM
A historical guide of the neighbouring area is narrated through rare uncovered relics, complete with modern technologies. At the beginning, the overall story of the museum is told by video, shown in a lecture room used by past medical students. Then, the relationship between the royal family and the hospital is presented at the next halls.
There is also a 4D-screening room displaying the glory years of nearby Thonburi Railway Station, bringing visitors to a journey of a dated train. A surgical simulation is available to educate and inspire visitors, before they are encouraged to explore the wonders of human body and learn about human illness. At last, bygone days along the surrounding Bangkok Noi Canal are exhibited in nostalgic ambience.
SIRIRAJ MEDICAL MUSEUM
Six particular museums located in various areas of the hospital are collectively known as Siriraj Medical Museum. Ellis Pathological Museum presents the origin, history and evolution of pathology in Thailand. The second is Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum, which showcases several elements in forensic science, along with evidence handling and investigative techniques within murder cases.
Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum and Laboratory tells the evolution of human life, as well as offering prehistoric artefacts, while Parasitology Museum collects parasites that are useful in the medical field.
Congdon Anatomical Museum amazingly exhibits human organs, with the only complete peripheral nervous and blood system in the world, dissected from the human body. The last one is called Touch Exhibits Museum, which is an interactive classroom for the visually impaired with circulating exhibitions.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Siriraj Museum is open from 10am to 5pm except on Tuesdays and public holidays. It is advisable to buy a combination ticket to enter both Siriraj Bimuksthan and Siriraj Medical Museums at THB 300 for foreigners and THB 150 for Thai citizens. Children’s tickets cost THB 50 each.