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Thailand"s Royal Elephant Museum

The Royal Elephant Museum, on the grounds of the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, offers visitors a chance to see how significant these massive beasts have been to the Kingdom over the centuries. Elephants hold a very special place in Thai custom, history and mythology. Not only are they believed to have some mystical powers, but they've also served as fierce warriors.

The Royal Elephant Museum is housed in old wooden stables where the elephants of King Rama V were once kept, has a small but interesting grouping of exhibits including a collection of tusks taken from deceased royal elephants and even preserved elephant skin and hair.

There are also pieces of armor used to protect elephants when the beasts were used in battles with neighboring countries. Though the museum isn’t likely to keep you interested for more than half an hour, it's just a short walk from other important cultural sights and is a great place to take little kids.

How to Get There:

The museum is located adjacent to the Vimanmek Teak Mansion and around the corner from the Dusit Zoo in Dusit, Bangkok. The closest river ferry stop is Thewet market but if you go that route you will need to take a taxi or tuk tuk from the ferry stop.

Hours:

Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission:

Free

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