Museums in Phuket are not exactly fascinating, but in the recent years a great effort was made to keep a good record of the rich history of Phuket Island. Phuket Town itself has almost become a walk-through museum. Here are the five museums of Phuket: the Thai Hua Museum is really interesting, one is still occupied by its owners, and one is just… bizarre. So except for the Thai Hua Museum, I wouldn’t waste a sunny day to visit them, but if rain pours for a bit too long, Phuket museums can be a good distraction to spend half a day.
Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road in Phuket Town used to be just an empty building and like other museums in Phuket, it was a soulless and quite run down building, a bit like the Thalang Museum or even the recent Phuket Mining Museum in Kathu. But not here, a great deal of effort and creativity was involved in the reviving of what is now a great stop on your Phuket Town exploration. (read more)
Baan Chinpracha is a privately owned and still occupied Sino-Portuguese houses, ranking high on our list of 18 nicest mansions in Phuket. Many of the other mansions in Phuket are wrecks, abandoned and some were renovated with more or less good taste. Baan Chinpracha is still in a perfect original condition and can be visited for 130 baht: at that price it is worth have a look, but expect something half way between a museum and a collection of items gathered along time. (read more)
Phuket Mining Museum was built with unusual grandeur, but in Kathu, a very remote and isolated location somewhere in the hills before Patong. Museums in Phuket are not exactly living spaces where artists exhibit their creations; but this one gives you a pretty good vision of what Phuket was famous for during the tin mining era, unfortunately despite it visible ambition, its location played against its success. (read more)
Thalang museum was built in 1985 and like most small museums, expect to start with a collection of prehistoric artifacts, some very old potteries and collection of stones followed by few sculptures and antiques displayed behind windows. The highlight is always the display of a old Phuket Town ‘scene’. Nothing impressive and quite abandoned, but you might learn a thing or two about the past of Phuket. (read more)
It is so bizarre I had to write about it: The Thavorn Museum is the quirkiest museum of Phuket and beyond! I went there maybe twice in the past and it was already odd at the time. The only visible addition to the collection of discarded junk is some rust and a couple of empty bottles. Fun! (read more)