What to See at Thai Hua Museum
Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road in Phuket Town is a good surprise. We visited it few years ago when it was just reopened and despite being in a beautiful mansion, it was just an empty building. Thankfully someone realized the potential of such great location near the historical streets of old Phuket town to turn it into an interesting display. Museums in Phuket used to be soulless run down buildings, a bit like the Thalang Museum or even the immense Phuket Mining Museum in Kathu so in general, we don’t really place museums at the top of our list of Things to Do in Phuket.
Thai Hua Museum is set in a 1934 British-colonial style mansion displaying the history of Chinese people in Phuket. This long neglected building was formerly the oldest Chinese-language school in Phuket.
Should I visit the Thai Hua Museum?
Now let us give you three reasons why you should stop and visit the Thai Hua Museum. First it is really well located, near all the beautiful historical streets and buildings of Phuket Town so you can learn about all the buildings, shops and businesses you just walked by in town. Second, it is done with taste and quality design. Third, the history itself is well displayed, well explained and not too academic like museums often like, which makes it a pleasure to read.
I won’t get too much into details about the island’s history, but you will discover to all the major figures who influence the course of Phuket history in the past centuries, including several Chinese families still prominent today. Learn what brought them to Phuket and what was the trade in the past, very influenced by the tin mining.
Thai Hua Museum built in 1917 was originally a school and was first called ‘Phuket Huabun School’ and later ‘Ratjunhua School’ until it got its today’s name of ‘Thai Hua School’. The museum dedicates a large section to the old Sino-Portuguese Phuket and the architecture of the many beautiful mansions I described on ‘18 Great Mansions of Phuket‘ but also how people built and run restaurants, shops and even a scaled model of a typical Sino-Portuguese shop house and visit a classroom from the past.
A room describes all the major events and festivals of Phuket such as the famous and bizarre Phuket Vegetarian Festival and how it all started in 1825.Stop for an hour and enjoy it. The setup is just right so it doesn’t get boring or over educational and the architecture of the museum is just beautiful. The price is a bit high: 200 Baht for the visit, plus another 200 Baht if you want to take photos! Don’t ask me why, I have no idea.
Thai Hua Museum Photos
Thai Hua Museum Price
Location: 28 Krabi Road, Phuket Town, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 076 211 224
Price: 200 Baht for foreign visitors and 50 for Thai visitors + 200 for photo taking.