A List of Must – Visit Museums in Phuket

April 17, 2019
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If you are tired of all the beaches and want to have a more historical experience, then you should check out some amazing museums to spend your day in Phuket. All the events that happened in the past are what shape the island to be what it is today.

Apart from its long and rich history, the diverse religious beliefs including Tao Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and Islam are also what transform Phuket to become a multicultural community that it is now.

While it’s true that you can read a history book of Phuket to educate yourself, it is always more fun to go to a museum and see for yourself the tangible and intangible evidence of the past. Listed down below are some of the best museums in Phuket that you must visit:


Thai Hua Museum

 Constructed in 1934 on Krabi Road, Thai Hua Museum is among the best maintained Sino-Portuguese buildings on the island, which has recently been renovated.

Before it became a museum that we know today, Thai Hua Museum used to be the first Chinese-language school in Phuket. The museum also provides exhibition space and serves as a gathering place for alumni from time to time.

Here, you can learn more about the history of Phuket from several interesting exhibition rooms and short films on both floors of the museum.


Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:00

Location: 28 Krabi Road, Phuket Old Town area within walking distance from the famous Soi Romanee.

Tel: +66 (0)76 211 224


Phuket Mining Museum

 Phuket Mining Museum used to be the largest mining site that thrived on natural resources and plentiful minerals. Tin mining was once a significant part of economic activity in Phuket. However, when tin became more and more scarce, the mine was left deserted as a result.

In 2007, Kathu municipality began renovating the mining site and transformed it into the museum that we know as Phuket Mining Museum today. The goal of the museum is to help both locals and tourists gain more insights into Phuket’s mining history. There are many fascinating outdoor and indoor exhibition rooms that you should definitely check out.


Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 16:00

Location: Moo 5, Kathu-Nakoh Road, located near British International School.

Tel: +66 (81) 535 3187


Phuket Seashell Museum

 If you are intrigued by the underwater world, then Phuket Seashell Museum is the place to be. Founded in 1997 and located in Rawai, the museum is home to over two-thousand shell species, which is considered as one of the biggest collections of seashells in the world.

The majority of seashells are from Phuket and other parts of Thailand, while the rest are collected from all over the globe. The shells are displayed with detailed labels in both Thai and English. Inside the museum, you will also find a gift shop where you can buy unique gifts and souvenirs back to your home country, including seashell decor, seashell jewelry, key chains, and the list goes on.


Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00

Location: 12/2 Moo 2, Viset Road, Rawai

Tel: +66 (0)76 381 266 or +66 (0)76 381 274


Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum is the most recently opened museum in the heart of Old Phuket Town.  Here, you will find everything related to Phuket’s history, including architecture, art, jewelry, lifestyle, local food, among others. There are also jewelry shops, cafes, and restaurants for visitors to enjoy as well.

Moreover, the museum offers Baba Studio where you can have fun dressing up in Baba traditional clothes for a photo shoot. Peranakan Museum is designed in Sino-Portuguese architecture just like other buildings in the area, so you might want to get a good picture of the building before you go.


Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 18:00

Location: 124/1 Moo 1 Thepkasattri Road, Srisunthon District, Thalang

Tel: +66 (0)76-313 556


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