4 Weird Museums in Bangkok

Bangkok's Creepy, Geeky and Quirky Exhibitions

    There are several weird museums in Bangkok if you've had enough of temples, culture, and pretty sights for the rest of your holidays. In this list, we’ve selected some quirky, creepy and geeky museums for those looking for a little thrill in the city. Some are downright scary and disturbing (think real human babies kept in formaldehyde), while others some are just fun and geeky (like a museum entirely dedicated to superheroes).

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    Bangkok Forensic Museum

    Bangkok Forensic Museum ranks high in the race for the most disturbing attraction in Bangkok. Not only is the display of countless human parts seriously eerie, but the old, dusty, creaky building in which this huge collection is displayed also adds to the sinister atmosphere.

    Located in Siriraj Hospital opposite the Grand Palace, 6 rooms display gruesome scenes, the creepiest being the anatomy room with bodies of adults and babies preserved in yellowish formaldehyde. Some are regularly shaped and others seriously deformed. There’s a room sheltering a gruesome collection of organs infected by parasites, while another showing a full collection of abnormal fetuses.

    Location: 2 Wanglung Road, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10am to 5pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 419 2601

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    Thai Labor Museum

    The Thai Labor Museum, located next to Makkasan Train Station, was originally the Railway Police Station. In this discreet, single-storey building, a very important story is told, one that is often sad or shocking. Before becoming the easy-going country it is today, and just like most developing countries, workers only had basic rights, if any, and Thailand went through several tumultuous and violent episodes in which workers revolted. Each of the 6 rooms in the museum depicts the evolution of the labor movement and their fight to obtain fair treatment.

    Location: Ratchathewi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10am to 4pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 251 3173

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    Batman Museum (Batcat Toy Museum)

    The Batcat Museum is comic book geek paradise, displaying thousands of action figures of the superheroes we all know, from the very first Batman and other Captain Americas to the super high-tech Iron Man in his improbable suit. A large room is entirely dedicated to the iconic Batman, exhibiting such a staggering amount of merchandising it makes Batman movies look like 'supporting commercials' for action figures, toys, costumes, books, board games and other silly accessories. There is something for every child in us: a Spiderman collection, several full-size monsters, a full set of the Japanese characters Masked Rider and Ultraman, as well as a Star Wars corner.

    Location: 32 Srinagarindra Rd, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 375 9006

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    The House of Museums

    The House of Museums is a fun and eclectic display of objects from the 1960s. If you are Thai and happened to be born in this era, all the objects on display will certainly bring back nostalgic memories. Each floor has its own little specialty: an old pharmacy, an electronics shop with bulky TV sets and laughable 'portable' phones, a classroom, and a scaled-down movie theatre. An exhibit worth checking out is the complete antique dentist cabinet with the chair, light and basin attached, and the comprehensive array of torture tools your dentist used at the time. It's usually accompanied by the ritual line, “This won't hurt a bit, trust me, I'm a dentist”.

    Location: 170/17 Moo 7, Soi Khlong Pho 2, Sala Thammasop, Thawi Watthana, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 5pm (closed from Mondays to Fridays)

    Phone: +66 (0)89 200 2803

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    Willy Thuan | Compulsive Traveler

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