Sitting alongside Silom Road right in the heart of Bangkok lies the Bangkok Seashell Museum. Always a fan of unique and offbeat museums, I decided to stop on in the other day with a friend who was visiting town.
The small but modern Bangkok Seashell Museum is three stories and is packed full of thousands of seashells from hundreds of different species all painstakingly arranged by size and color into elaborate displays. Most have information on where/when they were found. Was quite surprised to see that the shells here come from countries around the world, not just Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations.
Signs in Thai and English scattered on the walls of each floor provided detailed information on the types of species we were looking at and where these specimen were found. The museum is definitely interesting, even if you do not know the slightest thing about seashells except that they tend to be found on beaches more than mountains. Tend to.
Entrance was 150 baht per person (around $4 USD) and despite being three stories, it takes less than an hour to thoroughly examine and cover everything. If nothing else, it is a great way to escape that horrendous Bangkok heat and do something offbeat.
Tridacna gigas, otherwise known as the aptly named Giant Clam, live in offshore reefs 2-20 metres deep (6-65 feet) and can weigh up to 300kg (660lbs). This giant clam only weighs 150kg (330lbs) despite each side of its shell measuring more than a metre across — that’s almost four feet. No one is stealing it anytime soon.)
Yes, the Bangkok Seashell Museum is pretty damn cool.
So cool it even won an award for being a “very good” recreational activity. That’s certainly no “outstanding” and not quite an “honorable mention” but hey at least you’re getting closer. Keep up the good work.