Nestled 325 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, the Phimai National Museum has recently unveiled an impressive refurbishment, marking its soft reopening to the public. The museum’s revitalisation includes updated exhibition techniques and presentation styles aimed at enhancing visitor engagement and attracting cultural heritage enthusiasts.

Situated just 850 metres north of the Phimai Historical Park, the Phimai National Museum, originally established under Thailand’s Fine Arts Department’s Archaeology Division, showcases a rich array of artefacts. Highlights of the newly completed ground floor exhibition area include renowned lintels from Prasat Phimai and a striking sculpture of King Jayavarman VII.

Artifacts unearthed from the restoration of the eleventh-century Hindu temple, Prasat Phimai, showcased at Phimai National Museum. Photo/Fine Arts Department

Since its inception, the museum has been a focal point for artefacts uncovered during the restoration of the eleventh-century Hindu temple, Prasat Phimai, and other significant archaeological finds from northeastern Thailand. In 1975, oversight of the museum transitioned to the National Museums Division, solidifying its role as a premier cultural institution in Lower Isan—a testament to the region’s archaeological wealth and ancient wonders.

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Address: 8 Tha Songkran Rd, Nai Mueang, Phimai District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30110 

Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 4 pm 

Phone: 044 471 167