Chao Sam Phraya National Museum is located at tum bon Pratoo Chai, Rojana Road, opposite to Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University. The museum was built by public fund from precious items found in the underground crypts of the prang (pagoda) tower of Wat Ratchaburana so this museum was named after the king who ordered the construction of Wat Ratchaburana, King Borommarachathirat II or Chao Sam Phraya.
Exhibitions are displayed in three buildings;
– Building One exhibits antiques in different time periods from archaeological excavations and renovations around Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province between 1956-1957: buddha images in Dvaravati, Lopburi and Ayutthaya style, for example a buddha image sits dangling his feet which is a white stone buddha image in Dvaravati style. U Thong buddha image’s heads and Ayutthaya wood carvings are also displayed here.
Upstairs displays gold artifacts in two rooms. First room exhibits the ones found in the underground crypts of the prang tower of Wat Ratchaburana in 1957. Second room shows the ones found in the underground crypts of the prang tower of Wat Mahatat which contained Buddha’s bones in a gold casket. Outside on the balcony there are showcases of votive tablets made of Chin, a kind of mixed metal consists of lead and tin and bronze, and Sukhothai and Lopburi and Ayutthaya earthenwares.
– Building Two exhibits ancient artifacts found in 11-24 Buddhist century i.e since Srivijaya, Dvaravati, Lopburi, Chiang Saen, Sukhothai, U Thong, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin, for comparative studies.
– Building Three is a group of central Thai traditional style houses in the center of a pool. Inside there are folk arts and ancient Thai household appliances displayed. These artifacts of Ayutthaya glorious past are academically interesting.
The museum opens on Wednesday to Sunday 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday and national holidays.
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Location: 108 Rojana Rd., Pratu Chai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000 Thailand