Thalang National Museum in Phuket is not very impressive but in case the weather is not on your side, these are a good way to spend some time indoors once you already ticked everything else on the ‘Things to Do When it Rains‘.
Thalang National 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. Maps and old photos try to render how the island and the region of Phuket, Phang Nga and Khaolak Region was seen a couple of centuries ago. Few sculptures and antiques are displayed behind windows, nothing really impressive, but you might learn a thing or two about the past trades of Phuket.
Next room shelters representations of some of the important moments of Phuket including the famous battle of Thalang in 1785 which is the origin of famous nearby ‘Heroines monument’ you always drive by when coming from the airport: two sisters leading women dressed as soldiers could resist the Burmese army in the city of Thalang.
Further is the most attractive and photographed section with some reconstitution of ‘Phuket daily scenes’ from a more recent past. It looks exactly like China Inn and Kopitiam in Thalang road, you actually might feel like sitting down and order one of these excellent ‘Kopi’.
Last rooms hosts a modest representation of a Gypsy village during in a ceremony, some temple display and Chinese deities representations plus a small collection of Buddha images and Thai money.
The whole building is quite well maintained, but the lack of interest is visible outside where displays are seriously neglected or even falling apart. It’s not striking, but I had to tell you about it. If you want to learn about Phuket Town history, we recommend you to visit the Thai Hua Museum, it is really nicely done.
Location: 229 Soi Lak Mueang 1, Tambon Si Sunthon (near Heroine Circle)
Open: 9 am to 4 pm
Phone: 076 311 426
Price: 100 Baht