The best way to explore Bangkok and learn about its history and culture is to visit one of its art museums. These art museums are home to a fascinating collection of artworks by local and international artists. They’re also a fantastic way to discover some new artists and learn about Thai art and culture.

Bangkok National Art Centre

The Bangkok National Art Centre is one of the most famous art museums in Bangkok. It is located on the Hua-mam Road and opened to the public in 1982. The museum was established and is run by the Fine Arts Department.

The museum’s collection includes more than 7,000 pieces of art by both Thai and international artists. You’ll find works of art that range from ancient Buddhist frescos and sculptures to paintings and photographs by contemporary artists. 

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is a showcase of national and international art and a must-see in Bangkok. It is the biggest gallery in the city. Its collection includes more than 13,000 pieces of art by more than 1,400 artists from around the world. The gallery was established in 1932 and reopened in 1992 after extensive renovations. It is housed in the former King Prajadhipok Building, which was constructed in 1899.

The building was originally a royal palace and was then converted into a museum.  There are several ways to enjoy art at the National Gallery. You can explore the collection on your own, or you can join a guided tour that includes a visit to the museum’s collection.

Krang Muang Art and Cultural Centre

The Krang Muang Art and Cultural Centre is a celebration of Thai-Chinese culture. It is the largest Chinese-themed art museum in the world and is unique for its breathtaking architecture. The museum was established in 1996 and is located in Pathum Wan District. It is a non-profit organisation and is owned by the Krang Muang Foundation, a non-profit organisation. The Krang Muang Foundation was established in 1994 as a cultural organisation to promote Chinese arts.

Perhaps, if you are done exploring during the day, you can take rest for couple of hours and check out the nightlife in Bangkok for a full travel experience of the country.