Bangkokian Museum

Top choice museum in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

A collection of three antique structures built during the early 20th century, the Bangkokian Museum illustrates an often-overlooked period of the city’s history, and functions as a peek into a Bangkok that, these days, is disappearing at a rapid pace.

The main building was constructed in 1937 as a home for the Surawadee family and, as the signs inform us, was finished by Chinese carpenters on time and for less than the budgeted 2400B (which would barely buy a door handle today). This building and the large wooden one to the right, which was added as a boarding house to help cover costs, are filled with the detritus of postwar family life and offer a fascinating window into the period. The third building, at the back of the block, was built in 1929 as a surgery for a British doctor, though he died soon after arriving in Thailand.