I don’t even remember how I found Siriraj Medical Museum as a place to visit in Bangkok, but I’m glad I did. This was the creepiest museum I have ever visited.
To reach it was kind of complicated for me as I wasn’t finding the bus stop to get on the right bus. Google maps are very useful to move around the city because it tells you which bus you need to catch to get to the place you want. The problem is that some of the bus stations marked don’t exist, or if they exist they have no signs mentioning that there is a bus station there. I found this problem in Myanmar, but it’s way easier in Bangkok. In Bangkok most of the bus stations have signs, but it is also possible that they haven’t, or sometimes the bus you are waiting for simply doesn’t appear. I have faced this issue a few times, that’s why I’m mentioning it.
To get to Siriraj Medical Museum I walked a lot searching for a bus station, I almost walked until there haha. Eventually, I found a proper bus station and waited there. Another important thing to mention if you are riding buses in Thailand is that you should always have coins. The ticket prices are very low (7 baht, 10 baht…) and in case you only have notes they won’t have the exchange for you. That’s what happened when I took this bus. This woman on the bus didn’t have the exchange for me, so I was lucky that a Thai person paid for my ticket because they were watching my case. I thank them a lot, they were so kind… I wasn’t really having a way to pay for this ticket that was 10 baht (0,25€). To know when to get out, I’m always watching my GPS sign to analyze where I should leave.
There is a boat station very near to Siriraj Medical Museum and on my way back I took it. I paid 200 baht ( 5€) and the museum is open from 09.00 – 16.00. I got there very late so I was the last person standing there. There were also not so many people…
Siriraj Hospital is Thailand’s first modern medical hospital and school. The Hospital complex is home to a collection of five small museums, and one of them is the Medical Museum. This one caught my attention for the creepy exhibition of babies with rare diseases and malformations. For instance, 1 eye baby, 2 babies with the same ear, giant head baby, baby with rock skin disease and many others that were medically researched and we can see the inside of these bodies as they are preserved in a liquid. For me, it feels really creepy as you could see every detail of the bodies and their organs. The most impressive is that they were real babies!!
You can also see much of the human body like skeletons, veins, organs. It’s a pity that everything is in Thai so you can’t actually understand what is going on as it should be very interesting to know more about this matter. There are 2 different complexes, this one I visited first because it closes a little earlier than the other one. The other one is softer. It’s not so much about malformations and it’s more dedicated to the body.
Still, it was totally worth the visit and I was able to mesmerize me. If you are into learning more about the body or just a curious person, I truly advise a visit to Siriraj Medical Museum.