Top-rated galleries you must visit
Bangkok has a small but very vibrant contemporary art scene. Since most of the city's small private or commercial galleries promote Thai and regional artists, a day of gallery-hopping is a great way of experiencing the local arts scene.
1. MOCA Bangkok
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (MOCA) displays a comprehensive collection of modern paintings and sculptures in Thailand. The museum’s permanent collections highlight some of the country’s most celebrated artists, including Lampu Kansanoh, Denpong Wongsaroj, and Bundit Padungvichian. The Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok is in Chatuchak, about 6.5 km north of the Mo Chit BTS Skytrain Station.
Location : 99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Open : 10.00 am to 6.00 pm from Tuesday-Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Entrance Fees : 180 THB. / Student: 80 THB. / Children/OAP: Free
2. Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery has been established since August 9, 2003 from the initiation of Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit in order to be a space which displayed the work of Thai artists. The Thai artists which the gallery will focus on exhibiting have been broken down into two categories: The new Thai artists which his/her work has not been known by the society and the work of senior honored artists.
Location : Bowonniwet Khet Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Open : 10.00 am to 7.00 pm from Tuesday-Thursday (closed on Wednesdays)
Entrance Fees : 50 THB.
3. HRH The Price Father’s Biography Gallery
The gallery renders an overall atmosphere of tranquility, appreciation and beauty so as to arouse the visitors’ “understanding and feeling” of appreciation for the great deeds of HRH the Prince Father. On the walls are selected words reflecting the prince’s thoughts and mind . Below them is the exhibition featuring his life and works for the benefits of making which is portrayed through his words, pictures, articles, audio media and exhibits.
Location : 3rd Floor, Mahidol Learning Center Building, Mahidol University Salaya, Sala Ya Phutthamonthon Nakhon Pathom 73170
Open : 8.30 am to 4.30 pm from Monday-Friday
Entrance Fees : free
4. Bangkok National Gallery
The Bangkok National Gallery displays work by Thai artists from the 17th century onwards, as well as permanent exhibitions of works by King Rama VI and H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The garden and courtyard areas usually have some interesting sculptures.
The special collection building is at the back of the courtyard with art from home and abroad – everything from painting to prints and installations. Without a great knowledge of Thai art, fully understanding the permanent collection can be difficult. But it's worth checking out the temporary, more modern exhibitions housed in the gardens and special collections building.
Location : 4 Chao Fa Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Open : 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Wednesday-Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Entrance Fees : 200 THB.
5. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Bangkok Art and Centre (BACC) is at the heart of Bangkok’s growing art scene and offers a wide range of contemporary art, design, music, theatre and film arts. The centre hosts a large number of ever-changing exhibitions from both Thai and international artists. It aspires to the great heights of other western cultural centres and galleries and is making quite a name for itself.
Location : 939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Open : 10.00 am to 9.00 pm every day except Monday
Entrance Fees : free