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Siriraj Medical Museum

The Siriraj Medical Museum is located within the compound of Siriraj Hospital, which was founded by King Rama V in 1888 and is Thailand’s first modern medical hospital and school. The museum, nicknamed the "Museum of Death", is in fact five individual museums. While three of them are door to door to each other the remaining two are a very short walk away in a different building. Once you paid your entry fee you can wander freely in all five different museums with its different themes and topics.

 

 

Siriraj Medical Museum Bangkok
Siriraj Medical Museum Bangkok

 

 

The five museums are

  1. EIlis Pathological Museum - It shows the evolution of medicine, and organs infected with different diseases. This museum was the first of the five and was founded by Prof. Dr. Aller G. Ellis, M.D., an American pathologist. He began the practice of collecting disease-identified specimens of patients for his pathology class.
  2. Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum - This part involves several elements in forensic science, from process of investigating the crimes or other unnatural deaths by physical evidences. One part of this museum highlights the efforts after the 2004 Tsunami desaster, while other parts mainly focus on Skulls and other body parts from various murder or other criminal cases. Highlights are for sure the mummified bodies, among which you can find "Si Quey", a cannibal who preyed on children in the 1950s, first murdering them and then eating them. He was finally caught, convicted, and executed.
  3. Parasitology Museum - Dr Vichitr Chaiyaporn, the founder of this museum, collected parasites from his patients over the years and are displayed here with a presentation of their life cycle and natural habitat. A wide variety of worms, ranging from those that are not visible to the naked eye, to those up to a several meter long are exhibited.
  4. Congdon Anatomical Museum - It was founded in 1927 by Prof. Dr. Edgar Davidson Congdon and contains more than 2,000 specimens about human anatomy like skeletons, figures of humans, the bodies and organs of Siamese twins and, most impressive, one of the world’s very few complete peripheral nervous and blood systems dissected from human bodies by Associate Professor Patai Sirikaroon.
  5. Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum & Laboratory - This museum is named after one of Siriraj’s greatest professors and exhibits the evolution of life forms, from 500 million years ago to the beginning of primate era around 70 million years ago. The museum takes visitors back to prehistoric civilization, showing pieces of a Homo erectus skeleton known as "Lampang man", found in Thailand.

 

Siriraj Medical Museum Bangkok
Siriraj Medical Museum Bangkok

 

 

All museums can easily be visited in one afternoon and are all worth a visit and a closer look. If pressed for time one should concentrate on Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum and the Congdon Anatomical Museum as both are providing the more sensational and breathtaking exhibits. But this of course also depends highly on personal interests. Be carefull, some exhibits are maybe a bit much for young children, very sensitive people and the faint-hearted!

 

 

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