It is hard to think of a worse and more generic name for a museum than 'Private Museum'. The title gives no indication as to what is exhibited; only that it is not 'public' or state owned. The world 'private' is another level of confusion as the museum is open to the public.
Private Museum is located just off the ring road on the road that is the turning for Chaweng. It is down a side road. The address is 199/11 M.2 T Bophut. The telephone number is 84320. The mobile number is 088 249 3901. Email is email@example.com. You can gain a clear understanding of where the museum is by looking at the Google map below.
The leaflet for the museum makes some impressive claims: the museum houses artifacts from the Middle Stone Age, New Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. That is not all - the owner is related to King Rama IV and a former governor of a Thai province in the north. The man, who is not named, is said to have studied in Paris and to have received a gold medal at the 'Salon des Artistes Francais 1986'. For the record this is M.L. Arachawa Worawan.
The museum building is 300 years old and built in the traditional wooden style of the island.
The exhibits include Ban Chiang Thai ceramics and pottery. The key archaeological find of Koh Samui is the stone drum found near Lamai beach. This piece proves Koh Samui was inhabited since the Stone Age. This key find is sadly not in the private museum but in a museum on the mainland in Suratthani.
For those interested in learning a bit about the history of human settlement on Koh Samui Private Museum is worth a visit. It is not a great collection - this is evidenced by the lack of pictures on the promotional leaflet - but a collection nevertheless.
Entry fee is 150 Thai Baht
Opening times: 10am to 6pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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