The Bangkok National Museum is located in the Boworn Sathan Mongkol Mansion area, or the 'Front Palace' (Wang Na), which was built in 1887, the same period as the Grand Palace. It was built as a mansion for 5 prince viceroys as the royal residence during King Rama V. Afterward, his majesty ordered: “the royal museum” at Sala Sahathai Samakhom or the Concordia Hall in the Grand Palace to move of ancient artifacts and antiques to be displayed in the museum. In 1934, king Rama VII granted permission to set up all Phra Maha Monthien Palace Group of Boworn Sathan Mongkol Palace to be the national museum for the city and declared as “Phranakorn National Museum”. (reference from the Museum Thailand website.
The museum has three main exhibition spaces:
Siwamokhaphiman Hall - This building was built when the Prince Successor to King Rama I, Maha Sura Singhanat, built the Palace of the Prince Successor. Originally used as an audience hall, it now houses the Thai History Gallery.
Buddhaisawan Chapel - The chapel was built in 1787 to house an important Buddha im