Phuket's national museum in Thalang contains ancient artifacts from Phuket and the Andaman region's long history and has exhibits 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.
It also has information and exhibits about daily life in Phuket, its tin mining history, the indigenous Sea Gypsy culture and the island's Chinese heritage.
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Thalang Museum Highlights
In the main hall is a large statue of the Hindu god Vishnu that was discovered in forest overgrowth in Phang Nga in the early 1900s. The image dates from the 9th century, and demonstrates the early Indian influence on Thai culture. There are also displays on the art, architecture and history of other parts of Thailand, including the ancient Sukothai kingdom.
The museum features many artefacts and vintage pictures from the early settlement period of the Chinese people who were the main force in making the island what it is nowadays. The lively exhibitions of the old-style coffee shop and a grandma-grandpa store that sells all kinds of knick-knacks looks very interesting and real. It’s sad that all these are fading away and might be gone forever soon.
Good to Know
This 20-something-year-old museum is located on a big plot of land of 13 rai. The award-winning building was designed with the influence of southern Thai architecture similar to the old wooden houses that one might find standing along the road to the Paklok and Bangtao areas.
Some of the exhibition rooms can be a little bit too warm, so it’s best to wear light clothes while visiting. To appreciate more of the exhibitions and objects on display, it will help if you read up on a bit of Phuket history beforehand.
- Opening Hours: Daily except holidays 09:00 – 16:00
- Location: Just next to the Heroines' Monument on Pa Khlok Rd, north of Phuket City
- Tel: 076 311 025, 076 311 426