Thai Parliament Museum

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Thai Parliament Museum
พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา
Seal of the Parliament of Thailand.svg
Established 1974
Location Parliament House, U-Thong Nai Road, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates 13°46′27.06″N 100°30′45.33″E / 13.7741833°N 100.5125917°E / 13.7741833; 100.5125917Coordinates: 13°46′27.06″N 100°30′45.33″E / 13.7741833°N 100.5125917°E / 13.7741833; 100.5125917
Type Political history museum
Public transit access BMTA: 12, 18, 28, 70, 108, AC 539, AC 542, AC 515
Website Official website

The Thai Parliament Museum (Thai: พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา) is a museum within the Parliament House of Thailand, Bangkok, dedicated to the political history of Thailand after the transition to a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

History[edit]

King Rama VII statue at Parliament House of Thailand, behind which the museum is
Entrance to the museum

The museum was established and first opened to the public in 1974 as part of the Document and Research Service Centre (ศูนย์บริการเอกสารและค้นคว้า) of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives. At that time, the museum was housed by Building A (ตึกเอ) within the Parliament House, sharing the location with the Thai Parliament Library.[1]

In 1976, the museum was expected to be moved to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a former parliament house, but this was prevented by the ongoing refurbishment of the hall.[1]

In 1978, the museum was relocated to Building B (ตึกบี) in the Parliament House instead.[1]

In 1980, a statue of King Rama VII was erected in front of Parliamentary Building 1 (อาคารรัฐสภา 1) of the Parliament House, and a chamber was created behind the statue as a museum for displaying personal belongings of the king, called the King Prajadhipok Museum, inaugurated on 10 December 1980.[1]

In 1984, Ukrit Mongkolanawin, then president of the parliament, reintroduced the idea of moving the Parliament Museum to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. After renovation of the throne hall, the museum was located there for a period of time from 10 December 1984 and was moved back to the Parliament House, where it was housed in the same chamber as the King Prajadhipok Museum.[1]

In 1998, the King Prajadhipok Museum moved out to a new building on Lan Luang Road near Phan Fa Lilat Bridge. The chamber has since housed the Parliament Museum only.[1]

Governance[edit]

At present, the museum is administered by the Museum and Archives Division (กลุ่มงานพิพิธภัณฑ์และจดหมายเหตุ), an agency of the Bureau of Academic Services (สำนักวิชาการ), Secretariat of the House of Representatives.[1]

Location and travel[edit]

The museum is located in a chamber behind the statue of King Rama VII at Parliamentary Building 1 (อาคารรัฐสภา 1), Parliament House of Thailand, U-Thong Nai Road, Dusit District, Bangkok, opposite to the Dusit Zoo.

The museum can be accessed by the BMTA buses Nos. 12, 18, 28, 70, 108, AC 539, AC 542, and AC 515.[2]

Opening hours and fees[edit]

The museum is open from Monday to Friday, 09:00–16:00 hours, except on public holidays.[1]

It is open to the public without charge.[3]

Exhibition[edit]

The exhibition at the museum is divided into five sections:[4]

Some of the historical documents displayed at the museum
Exhibition at the museum

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Phiphitthaphan ratthasaphā" พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา [Parliament Museum]. Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand (in Thai). Bangkok: Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand. n.d. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Phiphitthaphan ratthasaphā" พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา [Parliament Museum]. Dusit Tour (in Thai). Bangkok: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. n.d. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Phiphitthaphan ratthasaphā (phāsā 'angklit)" พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา (ภาษาอังกฤษ) [Parliament Museum (English version)] (pdf). Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand. Bangkok: Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand. n.d. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Phiphitthaphan ratthasaphā (phāsā thai)" พิพิธภัณฑ์รัฐสภา (ภาษาไทย) [Parliament Museum (Thai version)] (pdf). Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand (in Thai). Bangkok: Secretariat of the House of Representatives of Thailand. n.d. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 

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