Since ancient times, Phuket has been on well-established trade routes and frequented by traders, explorers and other, less than honest, travellers. Tin mining played a pivotal part in the development of the island. When that industry petered out, the immigrant Chinese population settled down and profited from the rubber industry. Sea gipsies also played their part in the formation of modern Phuket. Catch up on local history at Phuket's fascinating museums.
Other Museums in Phuket
Baan Chinpracha in Phuket Town
Baan Chinpracha is a fine example of a Sino-colonial mansion in Phuket Town. One of its most attractive section is the inner courtyard, which is open to the sky (originally with a well). This beautiful house is kept in fine condition –you can see vintage Italian floor tiles, some original furniture that was imported from Europe and Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: 98 Krabi Road, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 211 281
Phuket Cultural Centre at Rajabhat University
Phuket Cultural Centre at Phuket Rajabhat University has a modest exhibition showcasing the life of local southern Thais and Phuket’s unique history and culture. The 3-storey space also displays a simulated Thai-Chinese house, a handful of vintage tin-mining items, old ceramics from China and the Netherlands, Thai shadow puppets, as well as a model of a local sea gipsy village. You might require a guide as the centre's exhibitions are in Thai.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Location: 21 Thepkrasatree Road, Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 523 094
- Price Range: Free
Phuket Mining Museum
Phuket Mining Museum showcases the island's history as a major tin-producing centre in Thailand. Exhibits range from tin mine models to a recreated scene of an opium den. Located in Kathu, it's a highly informative cultural and historical attraction. It was built in the Sino-Portuguese style, similar to vintage mansions scattered around the old Phuket Town area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm
- Location: Moo 5, Khatu-Nakoh Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 535 3187
Phuket Philatelic Museum
The Phuket Philatelic Museum is part of the Phuket Post Office on Montri Road. You can find several exhibitions within the 1-storey museum, including one which details how the Thai Postal Service has developed since its start during the reign of King Rama V. There are many old (some antique) equipment and machines such as telegraph tickers, telephones, and parcel-weighing machines. The museum also has a souvenir room selling sets of Thai stamps and unique items.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Location: Phuket Post Office, Montri Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 216 951
Phuket Seashell Museum
Phuket Seashell Museum in Rawai presents a collection of valuable seashells from all over the world. Many are among the most sought-after by collectors and have been sourced from Phuket and Thai waters. The museum is very well put together, with 4 main exhibitions – information is available in both English and Thai. To get to Phuket Seashell Museum, drive from Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5.30pm
- Location: 12/2 Moo 2, Wiset Road, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 613 666
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting exhibition offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for families. Located on the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads, it has a gallery of about 100 painted and sculpted scenes using trompe-l’oeil (French for ‘deceive the eye’) techniques, placing you in hilarious unreal world-like situations. It can take Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
- Location: 130/1 Phang Nga Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 212 806
Thai Hua Museum
Thai Hua Museum in Old Town Phuket occupies a well-maintained Sino-Portuguese building on Krabi Road. It has a museum, exhibition space, and an occasional function hall. There are more than a dozen interesting exhibition rooms, along with short films in Thai and Chinese (with English subtitles) on both floors of the museum.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: 28 Krabi Road, Talad Nuea, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 211 224
Thalang National Museum
Thalang National Museum exhibits ancient artefacts from Phuket as well as the Andaman region's long history. It's where you can learn about the famous Battle of Thalang where the well-known Two Heroines Chan and Mook (featured at a monument on the main road nearby) defended the island against the Burmese in the 18th century. The main hall Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)
- Location: 217 Si Sunthon, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 379 897
Thavorn Hotel Museum
Thavorn Museum in Phuket Town displays an assortment of artefacts and photos, gathered by the Chinese-Thai family who runs the Thavorn Hotel group. Located in the hotel's lobby, these items are displayed erratically in a rather dingy and dim setting. You can see many traditional Chinese wedding hats, tin-mining equipment, toy trains, opium smoking beds and pillows, as well as vintage movie posters.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
- Location: Thavorn Hotel, 74 Rassada Road, Phuket Town, Talat Yai, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 211 333