111 years of the Department of Fine Arts

Bangkok National Museum

It has been 111 years since King Rama VI of Thailand graciously established the Department of Fine Arts on March 27, 1911. The department has since been committed to firm management of the nation’s artistic and cultural heritage, conservation and protection to research, development and innovation of all works of art, including traditional dance, music, archaeology, museums, literary arts, architecture and fine arts. Despite the current situation affecting the department, it has continued to evolve and partner with various public and private sector organizations to drive national action in the area of ​​culture.


The exhibits of the Mahasurasinghanat Building and the Red Mansion have been updated, and the Chao Phraya Yommarat Memorial Tower and exhibit have been renovated.

Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum, Nakhon Pathom Province


The displays have been upgraded to international standards using technology that improves the aesthetics of the artifacts and modernizes the atmosphere. For example, the Fine Arts Department has elevated the Ban Kao National Museum in Kanchanaburi Province to the prehistoric archaeological museum of the western region. The permanent exhibit inside the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum in Nakhon Pathom Province has been upgraded. The exhibition in the second building of the U Thong National Museum has also been improved. Additionally, a new Gold Artifacts building has been established at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

Central Treasury Building, Pathum Thani Province


The Fine Arts Department installed various systems of the Central Treasury Building in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Province. It will house up to 200,000 objects and antiquities dating from the inauguration of the Bangkok National Museum. The modern center is equipped with strict security, proper preservation systems and humidity, temperature and environmental controls in accordance with correct academic principles and international standards. As a model treasure for museums across the country, it will also feature a comprehensive database and artifact loan service.

Other projects are underway, including the establishment of the Museum of the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the Museum of Islamic Cultural Heritage and the Quran Learning Center, and the Science Center for conservation in Pathum Thani province.

The Department of Fine Arts recognizes the importance of adopting information technology to facilitate public access to information about the arts and cultural heritage. It now disseminates information and knowledge through online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, LINE and Instagram; new dimensions that follow the evolution of society and improve access for younger generations.

The Department of Fine Arts is committed to stewarding the nation’s artistic and cultural heritage, serving the royal institution, developing personnel, adding value to arts and culture, and sharing knowledge with the public so that it endures alongside Thai society forever.

James C. Tibbs