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Guided tours to the Bangkok National Museum

The National Museum Volunteers (NMV) Bangkok offers guided tours

In English, French, German and Japanese to the many visitors of the Bangkok National Museum. These tours have proved to be a wonderful introduction to Thai history, culture and religion.

Scheduled tours are free of charge.

The entrance fee to the Museum is 200 THB

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Become a guide to the Bangkok National Museum

The NMV Guiding Workshop and Study program

Trains potential guides for the National Museum Bangkok and offers to all members a wonderful opportunity to learn about the amazing treasures contained within the National Museum and so much more about Thai Art, Thai History, religion and culture.

Every year in English, French and German.

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NMV members activities

>> Excursions and study trips

In and around Bangkok and throughout Thailand and Asia.

>> Study Groups

A few sessions for ten to twelve members who learn about a particular aspect of Asian art history and culture, and share their studies.

>> At Homes

Morning sessions providing an opportunity to learn and discuss diverse topics in small groups lead by guest speakers.

>> Monthly Lectures and NMV Lecture Series

Lectures on aspects of Thai history, religion or culture. These lectures are also open to the public.

About NMV

The National Museum Volunteers (NMV) is a non-profit organisation, which has served the National Museum Bangkok since 1969. *

Under the auspices of The Fine Arts Department, the NMV supports the National Museum Bangkok through a variety of educational and cultural activities.

Members study the art, history and culture of Thailand and its neighbours and may train as museum guides. One of the NMV’s important support roles is to provide English, French, German, and Japanese guides for foreign visitors to the museum.

The NMV has around 300 members with a wide range of expertise and interests. The membership is Thai and international and represents over 30 nations. The group is organized by a volunteer Steering Committee chosen from among its members.

In 1989, 2001, 2004 and in 2014, the group received the Thai National Heritage Award.

The group is also an Associate Member of the World Federation of Friends of Museums.

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About the Bangkok National Museum

With major collections of historic artefacts and Buddhist art, this Museum is the largest of its kind in SE Asia.

Thailand’s artistic treasures of the Dvaravati, Lopburi, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods are well represented here.

The museum opened in 1928, and was originally the palace of the ‘Deputy King’ of Thailand.

The palace, built in 1782, houses many beautiful and diverse exhibits including elephant howdahs, royal furnishings, weapons, porcelain and musical instruments. The spectacular Funeral chariots can also be seen on the site.

The Buddhaisawan Chapel (Tamnak Phutthaisawan) in the Museum grounds, contains well preserved murals depicting the life of Buddha and the second most important Buddha image in Thailand, the Phra Buddha Singh.