Rama IX Museum nears completion

Dinosaurs and early humans are two of the interactive displays currently under tests at the King Rama IX Museum in Pathum Thani. The museum, which will be the largest in Asean, is set to officially open in November. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

PATHUM THANI: The Rama IX Museum, the largest museum in Asean, is set to open its doors to the public in November and welcome at least a million visitors per year, the head of the National Science Museum says.

National Science Museum president, Rawin Raviwongse, said Thursday that construction, which began in 2015, is about 90% complete.

He said the soft opening is scheduled for June with a select group of students invited to visit the museum to test its operational system.

"The official opening will be November, which will be presided over by His Majesty the King," he said.

"We have placed hope in getting [at least] one million visitors per year," he said.

Speaking after visiting the site, acting Science and Technology Ministser Pichet Durongkaveroj said he wanted to promote the museum as a new major tourist attraction.

The museum offers outstanding visual displays and is full of information about the world and people's lives, as well as in-depth stories about King Rama IX. Covering 27,000 square metres, the museum will consume a large amount of energy, so solar power should be harnessed to save on energy bills, Mr Pichet said.

The cabinet approved a budget of 1.6 billion baht to construct the museum to celebrate King Rama IX's contributions to technology and science.

Located in Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district it is divided into three zones under the themes "Our Home", "Our Life" and "Our King", which carry information about human development, the environment and the late King's dedication to improving people's lives.

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