This museum was established in response to His Majesty King Rama IX’s idea concerning the incident where thieves dug for the treasures under the pagoda of Rat Burana Temple in A.D. 1957, which made His Majesty King Rama IX become concerned that the priceless treasures of Thai people would be forever lost. Therefore, this museum was established in A.D. 1961 and is now exhibiting a great number of valuable items.
The main building is Chao Sam Phraya Building, the ground floor of which is the area to display the head of Thammikarat Buddha Image, which is the head of a gigantic Buddha image found at Thammikarat Temple. This Buddha image is an important ancient Buddha image of Thailand. There is also a Phra Khanthararat Buddha Image that is a stone Buddha image in sitting posture, with one leg dropping down. This Buddha image is in Dvaravadi art and there are only 6 of them in the world (5 are in Thailand and 1 is in Indonesia).
In addition, there are three more special exhibition rooms to display significant archaic items, ancient gold accessories and valuable items discovered from a cache at Rat Burana Temple and a cache at Mahathat Temple. In these rooms taking photographs is completely prohibited.
Opening Hours: Everyday from 09:00 to 16:00, admission fee for a Thai adult is 30 baht. Children and students can get in for free.
Location: On the city island, Rochana Road, opposite Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University
Contact Information: Telephone Number: +66-35-241-587