Perhaps the newest museum opening in Bangkok, SUPPORT Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Queen Sirikit has renovated the European-classic Ratsadakorn Bhibhathana building to showcases exhibitions telling the story of how Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has helped turn Thai silk from local handicraft into a symbol of Thailand, through her SUPPORT Foundation founded in 1976, to celebrate the occasion of her 80th birthday. Highlights are HM Queen Sirikit’s personal collection of dresses designed and tailored from Thai textiles by international and local designers.
The Museum and Its Historic Building
In 2003, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit requested permission to use a then-vacant building on the grounds of the Grand Palace to house a new museum of textiles. The Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, erected in 1870 by King Rama V and formerly the Ministry of Finance, was graciously granted for this purpose by His Late Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
This Italianate office building had previously served as the Ministry of Finance and the Office of Royal Ceremony. For its reinvention as a museum it underwent a top-to-bottom renovation that transformed it into a state-of-the-art facility boasting new visitor reception areas, galleries, storage, an education studio, library, lecture hall, and Thailand’s first dedicated textile conservation laboratory. Nonetheless, its past is still very much present, in the preservation of its original façade and many internal architectural details.
The museum is the gift of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Her SUPPORT Foundation to the people of Thailand. In 1976, Her Majesty created SUPPORT to further encourage the production of traditional Thai handicrafts.
The establishment of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles embodies Her Majesty’s efforts to assure the preservation of Thailand’s textile arts for future generations.
Gallery 1 In honor of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles will mount Fit For A Queen, a new exhibition that focuses on the 22-year-long working relationship between Her Majesty and French couturier Pierre Balmain.
Gallery 2 Dressing Gods and Demons: Costumes for Khon celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016. The exhibition describes the origins of khon and its historical presentation. It then highlights the modern khon costumes created for the revival of this important art form by Her Majesty. The galleries will display old and new khon costumes, masks and jewelry.
Activity room Here visitors of all ages can increase their textile knowledge by playing games, answering questions, and touching objects similar to the ones shown in the galleries upstairs
The exhibitions and activity room will open to the public on 4 August 2016.
Organization museum Lifestyle/ Culture / Tradition / wisdom /Religion
Open Daily : 09.00 – 16.30
Last admission : 15.30
source: Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles