Located in Bangkok, Bangkok Seashell Museum is the building exhibiting over 3,000 specimens of 600 species of seashells from around the world.
At first, Bangkok Shell Museum appears to be a place addressing only conchologists (of course you know what a conchologist is) and other shell collectors, and in a way it’s not untrue, a shell museum seems a geeky place to visit on a holiday, especially in a big city. However, this remarkably large collection of exquisite shells is displayed in a really intelligent way, explaining and describing how shells are just more than a beautiful objects… or a delicacy on your plate. Shells can have surprising features and some of them are among the most deadly living creatures on earth. They have been part of human history since the beginning of time, as currency, as musical instruments and more recently as part of medical research.
What to see?
The 3,000 specimens of 600 species are neatly arranged by families and extremely well annotated in both English and Thai, using plenty of illustrations and diagrams to make the visit interesting and informative without ever being boring. The most popular shells are the alien looking or the largest ones, especially the massive giant clam weighing no less than 300 kg! On the upper floors you’ll find fascinating collections of colourful shells organized with artisitic sensibility, all very enjoyable even if you are not a shell enthusiast. The range of colours goes far beyond the few shells found on any beach of Thailand.
The Seashell museum might not be for everyone but if you happen to be around Rivercity, The sky bar at Lebua or The Bangkokian Museum, Bangkok Seashell Museum is a surprisingly interesting display to browse for an hour or so.