A few museums retrace the history of Phuket and even if Phuket is definitely not a destination you would go for visiting museums, major efforts were done in the recent years to improve the few museums of the island. You will find on this page a selection of the most interesting ones that are worth a visit.
Phuket Thai Hua Museum
Located in old Phuket Town, this museum first was a school when it was built in 1917. If you want to catch up with Phuket history, this is probably the most interesting museum in Phuket, and definitely the one you should visit. The museum itself is a beautiful Sino-Portuguese mansion and it retraces Phuket history when Chinese migrants came to work in tin mines. It takes approximately an hour to visit the museum and will cost you 200 Thai Bahts (50 for Thai citizens).
Located right next to the Blue Elephant restaurant in Phuket’s Chinatown, Baan Chinpracha is a privately owned mansion built in 1903 that you can visit for the price of 130 Bahts. The place is not really interesting for the objects it contains which have no real value except for a few ones. But if you like fine architecture, you will most likely be enthusiast after the visit of Baan Chinpracha.
Phuket Mining Museum
As its name suggests, Phuket Mining Museum (or Kathu Mining Museum) retraces tin mining history in Phuket. Located near the Loch Palm golf course, the museum should be interesting for those who are interested in geology and mining, but it lacks explanations and diversity to stand on the ‘must-see-things’ every visitor has in mind when coming to Phuket. However, the massive pink Sino-Portuguese building in itself is quite remarkable.
Phuket Seashell Museum
If you like shells, or even collect them, this museum should interest you in many ways. Besides the very large collection of seashells, you will be able to see a nice variety of pearl items such as the largest golden pearl in the world (140 karats). The museum has a souvenir shops that sells all sorts of seashells that should find a good place in your seashells collection!
Note that there are many art galleries of Thai contemporary artists located in the same area in Rawai and known as the Phuket Art Village.