When first founded in 1930 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Police Museum was attached to the then Special Branch of the Royal Thai Police in order to store physical evidence of crimes that might be useful for further examination by police officers or investigators. As the amount of this evidence grew, the idea of the Police Museum became materialized. Prior to that, the museum had changed locations several times: it was located at the Royal Thai Police Academy, at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters, and then moved to Parusakawan Palace.
The museum comprises two separate buildings:
Villa Chitralada: The first floor is divided into Exhibition Hall 1, the Conference Hall and the Police Archives Room (at the back). The first section depicts the historical background of Villa Chitralada from its beginning as the royal residence of King Rama VI. The second section is converted into a large conference room and reproduces the time when the People’s Party occupied the square in Parutsakavan Palace.
The second floor is subdivided into Exhibition Hall 2 and Exhibition Hall 3. For the first section, His Majesty the King had kindly donated a replica of the Nirantarai (Double Buddha Statue) Buddha, which was to be placed here exclusively for the Royal Thai Police. Exhibit Hall 3 features photographs of His Majesty the King carrying out his royal duties related to Royal Thai Police affairs as well as the words and duties of royal family members related to the Royal Thai Police.
Exhibition Hall 4 presents the events when His Majesty the King mercifully opened Fort Naresuan, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Kiri Khan Province, and visited the residents of poor areas.
Exhibition Hall No. 5 shows the initiatives of the Royal Thai Police to solve traffic problems.
Two-story glass building: The upper floor presents the history and role of the Royal Thai Police from the Sukhothai period to the present day, as well as the relationship between the monarchy, the Royal Thai Police and the Royal Thai Police Academy, where future police officers are trained. On the lower floor are presentations on the role of each police unit. This was once the site of the ancient armory, which is now housed in the Royal Thai Police Aviation Unit.
The entrance is free.
THAI POLICE MUSEUM LOCATION
- Address: 323 Si Ayutthaya Road Dusit Khet Dusit Bangkok 10300
- Tel. 022825057, 022825057
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website https://saranitet.police.go.th/museum/
OPENING HOURS: 10.0 am to 4.00 pm Wed-Sun
HOW TO GET TO THE THAI POLICE MUSEUM
- Bus no. 16 23 70 72 99
- Air-conditioned bus no. 3, 505 and 509
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The police museum is located in the backyard of the Chitralad Villa. It’s a beautiful building, some interesting exhibits and history for those interested in the subject, but for the rest of us it’s just a yawn. The place is a bit haphazard, but everything is painted in English. Friendly bilingual staff.
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