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“Eye-opener , though not for the faint-hearted”

Siriraj Medical Museum
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US$595.65*
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Full-Day Exploring Thai Contemporary Society in Bangkok
Ranked #53 of 551 things to do in Bangkok
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Singapore, Singapore
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“Eye-opener , though not for the faint-hearted”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Being a morbid person and a lover of true crime / forensic medicine novels, it was inevitable that I wanted to visit this museum. We braved the rain to locate the huge hospital which the museum was situated in - strangely then , we werent afraid .

The museum features loads of biological stuff - body parts (makeshift ones and real ones), photos and other exhibits related to the human bodies. There were also foetus in jars as well as body parts with gun holes, stab wounds etc. There were also skeletons on display and bodily tissue.

It was an enriching and eye-opening experience for me, though my partner was rather uncomfortable with the array of exhibits.

For more detaield information and photos, do visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/01/tackling-thailand-bangkok.html

Visited February 2014
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“Awesome museum”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Great museum & def check it out. Creepy but informative. Easy to get to via the water taxi stop for Siriraj Hospital (the Wang Lang stop). Just walk down the road in front of the taxi stop about 100 feet, make the right into the hospital complex, then on the left is a clear map to the museum which is in buildings 27 and 28. Do 28 first. It is where the really good stuff is, it is more modern, and it has AC :) Also they have audio guides there.

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“fantastic experience”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

take the chao praya express boat to Wang Lang.
get off the harbour, the entrance of the hospital is smack there. it isn't difficult to spot. (to the right. then walk all the way to the end. the blk 27 is on the left. you won't miss it.)

Here's the tip. the most interesting section was free.. Loophole.
Blk 27&28 had the 6 mini-museums. Blk 27 contains the body parts was actually free..
Blk 28 was the area where you pay for a ticket to enter the air-conditioned mini-museum of viruses & germs and to view the rapist & murderer whom was preserved, together with him are other bones & skulls (with bullet holes to heads), some murder scene items, hearts with gun holes..actually, its more of a 'crime section' and skeletons. i didn't think it was worth to pay money for that but anyone can tolerate bones so i guess most people would go to Blk 28 first.

Blk 27 is the interesting area, as i mentioned, i would recommend that you go to Blk 27 directly first. the building has signs blk 27. Once you are there, sign in at the entrance and walk up the wooden stairs to the 3rd floor. here are skeletons plus the bodies (donated for research). The man and woman laying with their internal organs on display.. Quite horrid actually. Then all the babies.. Some conjoined some deformed.. Sad. But without these bodies, medical science would not have advanced. i took a few pictures of skeletons although they said no photography, but once you are drenched in the reality of these people being humans once like you, you don't really wanna snap pictures. Pathology is awesome. And the slices of the midsections and bodies, Dexter would be proud.
if you'll rather go for skeletons then bodies, go to blk 28 then 27. if you want to have the shock factor, go to blk 27 first.

a few people mentioned about lack of english speaking guides or staff. they speak basic english but they are hospital staff, not museum guides. This place is a self explanatory exploration kind of place. some of the specimens have english words but most of them are not translated. its alright because you can see what the specimens are and about.

after you're done, head outside to Wang Lang market. its quite alright for a meal after.

Visited February 2014
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“Not for the faint hearted”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

We took the river bus to the hospital, turn right through the gates and followed a couple of signs, but then the signs pointed in opposite directions, We eventually asked a security guard.

Good museum, but rather grisly, I really did not expect to see so many babies in jars.
A large section dedicated to the boxing day Tsunami which was interesting
200 baht each entrance fee, I would have been happier to pay this if more of the exhibits had explanations in English, only some of them did which is a real shame.
Go on an empty stomach!

Visited February 2014
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Australia
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“Want a change from Wats?”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

I don't mind a bit of the maccabre even if I'm squirming. The info was in the Chao Phraya tourist boat brochure. We'd seen the pretty stuff so now for something completely different. If you miss the first Museum sign it's hard to find but a hospital staff member gave us directions. Bit pricey for very little in English language description but what can one do. I felt very sad looking at the babies in the jars, with their sad little expressions, and a life not meant to be. Other parts though made me appreciate my body and just being alive.

Visited February 2014
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