House of Museums is not your traditional town museum. It’s doesn’t display paintings or potteries or mannequin frozen in some forever war. No, it’s a lot more interesting than this. House of Museum is a three floors display of daily items from the sixties and beyond. It’s fun, cute and laughable as well. Even if you are not Thai, many objects displayed will look very familiar.
Located in the most unlikely remote location half way between Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom, The House of Museums would be hard to find without Google map navigator. It’s so hidden at then end of a series of small streets, it feels like to owner wanted to see only the worthy ones, those who would really make the effort to find it. In any case, you’ll need a car to get there, I doubt any taxi would find it, not mentioning the fare.
The museum is privately owned and is still growing… it is really a cute bric-a-brac. Each floor is dedicated to a collection, The first floor is all about toys mostly tin toys, candies, old drinks and medicine. Everything looks old, but I know for a fact that some medicines on display are still on sale today, they just look the way there were went they first hit the market in the sixties. An entire room looks like a pharmacy with dozens of wooden drawers, but our favourite was definitely the dentist room with it old torture chair (well, that’s what I call it) and all the instruments used at the time. Since I never looked directly at the tools when at the dentist, I never noticed how primitive they looked.
Second floor is the electronic revolution floor with a lot to laugh about if you are older than fourty. You’ll recognize things you’ve using as a kid, and might even be proud of. TV sets, old radios, vinyl recordings, the first copy machine, typewriters… Typewriters! You had to use a carbon to make a copy and they didn’t even have a Ctrl+Z function! A room is mini cinema, but best of all it the hairdresser room. Look at the Hairdresser chair and compare it to the dentist chair. It’s almost the same!
The floor above displays a small classroom and an old fashion office.
It’s a great day out, very entertaining. It’s unfortunate that such a fun place is so far a way from Bangkok.
House of Museums
Open: Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
House of Museums on Bangkok Map