The Jim Thompson House Museum is located on Rama I Road of the beautiful capital Bangkok. This is one of the unique museums marked by the harmonious East-West architecture, along with an impressively huge collection of the previous homeowner.
Jim Thompson Museum today was owned by the talented man of the same name, an American who had spent many years with this country through a special affection. The house was built in 1958 and completed in 1959 on the Saen Saeb Canal. His elegant private residence, consisting of six traditional Thai teak houses, was moved from Ayuthaya and the Bangkok community of Ban Krua, echoing 30 years of Jim Thompson's love for Southeast Asian art and cultural heritage.
Jim Thompson House Museum
As a trained architect and an avid collector of Asian art, with his sharp and sophisticated eyes and designs, Jim Thompson blew his soul into everything he created. After his discharge from the army in 1946, Jim Thompson decided to settle in Thailand, where he spent more than 30 years reviving Thai silk - followed by the industry of manual dyeing – while introducing his magnificent products to the fashion center as well as most prestigious catwalks in Paris, New York, London and Milan.
One day in 1967, when Jim Thompson was at the peak of his success, he mysteriously disappeared in the forests of Malaysia. Since then, the legacy of Jim Thompson was preserved and the house has been opened as a museum for tourists to visit. Under the shade of the surrounding trees, visitors will be impressed by the appearance of the house with the elegant decoration right from the entrance to the lobby and the unique architecture of a traditional Thai house.
Jim Thompson House Museum
The clever lighting arrangement will draw visitors' eyes into the corner where the standing Buddha image of the 17th century and the hand-carved wooden statue are displayed. Above the visitors' heads are glittering lights from the Belgian chandelier, while the floor is tiled with Italian marble, highlighting the beauty of the wood on the walls and stairs in the house. Stepping upstairs, visitors will be greeted with a variety of wall decorations bought by Jim Thompson from various temples. Like the murals of the past, they depict the stories of the Buddha in the past as well as the journey to enlighten the soul of Buddha.
Living room of Jim Thompson House
Wandering from room to room, tourists can't help but admiring Jim Thompson's eclecticism and meticulous attention to every detail. His exquisite sense and in-depth knowledge of Southeast Asia's lighting art is reflected through the rare antiques and installation art in each room, enriching the overall space.
Dining room of Jim Thompson House
After visiting the house, tourists will be introduced to the traditional Thai silk industry and will not help to admire the stages in creating a delicate silk sheet through the skilful hands of the craftsmen here. Visiting Jim Thompson House Museum is an opportunity for tourists to learn about a legendary human being, understand the development path of Thai silk and admire the impressive architectural art of mankind in general and beautiful Thailand in particular.
The museum is open from 9am- 5pm with a fee of 100 baht/person.