Bank of Thailand Museum apprises the visitors about the monetary evolution in Thailand. Concept of edutainment has been followed in the exhibition of the museum. Developers of the museum believe that a museum should educate as well as entertain the public. Ways like diorama technique, computer graphics, and multimedia have been used to increase the use and effect of museum exhibits.
What Museum Showcases
The museum introduces one to the barter trade in the first century.
Those were the times when glass beads, seeds and bracelets served as a
medium of exchange. You would see middle age breeds of cash, including
Funan Coins, Sri Vijaya coins and coins from the Sukothai age. A room
displays the bullet coins popular in Thailand between the Sukhothai and
Rattanakosin eras. Coins from the Lanna Kingdom in the north are also
displayed. Visitors are made aware that bank notes were introduced to
Thailand in 1853. Britain's Queen Victoria brought first minting machine
to Thailand in 1858. Thus, whole journey of Thai currency is told.
Section for Thai Bank History
A separate exhibit showcases the history of the Bank of Thailand, its
roles and responsibilities. The section deals with the setting up of the
Thai National Banking Bureau, the promulgation of the Bank of Thailand
Act 1942, the appointments of all the governors, the relocation of the
office premises, the opening of the Bank's branches, and the
implementation of monetary policies.
Basic objective of the museum is to preserve the legacy of the Thai
money. It tells visitors about the evolution of currency in Thailand.
The Museum encourages the visitors to research and study development of
The museum is housed in the Bang Khun Prom Palace at 273, Samsen Road,
Phra Nakorn District in Bangkok.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 09:30 - 16:00.