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9 Museums in Phuket, Thailand – Discover the past of Phuket

Are there museums in Phuket?

Phuket museums are not very impressive, but in recent years they made an effort to keep a record and share the tin mining rich history and the Chinese roots of this island. Several new museums opened here and there, mostly in Phuket Town, each with its value and character. After an intensive renovation, the Old Phuket Town itself is a sort of walk-in museum and a beautiful display of Phuket historical past.

Thalang Museum in Phuket

Here are the seven museums in Phuket: the Thai Hua Museum is well designed, Baan Chinpracha is unique as its owners still occupy it, and the Thavorn museum is just plain bizarre. Maybe I wouldn’t waste a sunny day to visit a museum, but if it rains a bit too long, museums can be an excellent distraction to spend half a day.

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Thai Hua Museum

Thai Hua Museum in Phuket Town

Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road in Phuket Town used to be just an empty building. Like other museums in Phuket, it was, for a very long time, a soulless run-down building. They spent a lot of effort to revive in what is now a place worth visiting on your Phuket Town exploration.

Location: Phuket Town
: 28 Krabi Road, Phuket Town, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Daily)
Phone: 076 211 224
Price: 200 Baht


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Chinpracha House Museum

Phuket Old Town

Chinpracha House is a privately owned museum still occupied by the owners. It also ranks high on our list of 18 most beautiful mansions in Phuket. Many of the other houses in Phuket are wrecks or abandoned, they did renovate some with more or less success. Baan Chinpracha is still in an excellent original condition, and you can visit it for 130 baht. At that price, it is worth have a look but expect something halfway between a museum and a collection of items gathered in time.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 98 Krabi, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 9 am – 4.30 pm
Phone: 076 211281
Price: 150 Baht


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Baan Ar Jor House Museum

Baan Ar Jor is more of a private house converted into a hotel and a restaurant, but there is so much to explore and discover in reach room. It’s actually more of a living museum with real objects used by the owner of the house, with a lot of photos and original furniture, it gives you a glimpse of what life used to be at in the tin mind era. Read more

Baan Ar Jor Museum Homestay near Mai Khao Beach

Location: Mai Khao Beach
Address: 102 Thep Kasattri Road, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 062 459 8889
Price: 200 baht

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Thalang National Museum

Thalang National Museum in Phuket

Thalang National Museum has partly reopened after renovation.

Thalang museum is quite a small building built-in 1985. Expect to see a collection of prehistoric artefacts, old potteries and stones followed by sculptures and antiques displayed behind glass. It is still under renovation, but two rooms are now open to visitors, and the display is promising.

Location: 217 Si Sunthon, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 9 am – 4 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Phone: 076 379 897
Price: Free for now


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Peranakan Phuket Museum

The Peranakan Phuket Museum is both a shop and a historical display on the way to Phuket Airport opposite Home Pro. The museum is inside a large modern building so don’t expect an old heritage house. In addition to quite a large exhibit, this new museum also features a restaurant, a cafe and a large jewellery shop. This museum was an initiative of the owners of the shop, all of the Peranakan descent, to share the fascinating history that shaped the Old Phuket Town.

Location: On the way to the airport
Address: 124/1 Moo 1, Sri Soonthorn, Thalang, Phuket 83110
Open: 9 am – 6 pm
Phone: 076 313 556
Price: 200 Baht for Thais, 300 Baht for foreigners

YaYa Kitchen at Peranakan Phuket Museum


Phuket Mining Museum

Tin Mine Museum

The Phuket Mining Museum is built with grandeur in a remote and isolated location somewhere before Patong. Museums in Phuket are not exactly exciting, but this one gives you a vision of what Phuket was famous for during the tin mining era. Unfortunately, despite its apparent ambition, its location played against its success.

Location: Kathu
Address: Moo 5, Khatu-Nakoh Road, Tambon Khatu, Amphoe Khatu, Phuket 83120
: 9 am – 4 pm (closed on Sundays)
Phone: 081 535 3187
Price: 100 Baht per adults, 50 Baht per kids.


Kathu Museum

The Kathu museum is new in Phuket. The display is modest but nicely executed, mostly made of panels describing Phuket typical dishes, fruits, vegetables and spices in both English and Thai. It is surprisingly enjoyable if you are curious about everything related to Phuket. This small house abandoned for a very long time used to be an office with a warehouse for a beer company. The house is in a large park used for fitness and running and a small local market once a month. There is no entry fee.

Peranakannitat Museum

Peranakannitat Museum

The Peranakannitat Museum opened its doors in the heart of Phuket Town after many years of renovation. The museum is inside the old ‘Standard Chartered Bank’ at the intersection of Phang Nga Rd and Phuket Rd. It’s a rather modest museum modest, but the location and the Sino-Portuguese building itself is worth walking in. It is also known as Baba Museum or Chalermraj Center.

Location: Phuket Town
: Intersection of Phang Nga Road and Phuket road
Open: Monday to Saturday
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm


Thavorn Museum

Thavorn Museum

We had to write about this bizarre museum. The Thavorn Museum is the quirkiest in Phuket. 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.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 74 Rassada Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Tel: 023 056859
Price: 30 Baht


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