Jim Thompson House Museum: Incredible Art Collection in Bangkok82
BY The Bear Travelers

Jim Thompson House Museum: Incredible Art Collection in Bangkok

The story of Jim Thompson is still talked about today, over 50 years after his disappearance. He was known as a person who single-handedly reawakened the Thai silk trade in the 1950s.

Jim Thompson House Museum in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) is still open today and celebrates the life of this fascinating man and his love for Thai silk.



The house is located on the banks of the Saen Saeb Canal in  Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). It enjoys lovely gardens and six traditional Thai teak wooden houses that today are like a museum of Jim’s past and his soiree into the world of Thai silk manufacturing and trading.   

If you are a fan of art collections and happen to be in  Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok), the Jim Thompson House Museum is a must-visit place for you.


Who is Jim Thompson?

Jim Thompson was an architect by trade and a collector of Asia and Thai artworks with a keen eye for detail. He was discharged from military service in 1946 after World War II and decided he wanted to settle down and live in Thailand. He began to dedicate his time to reviving the Thai silk trade, which at the time had bottomed out. Not only did he do a fantastic job of restoring the Thai silk trade, but he also introduced these fabrics to the catwalks and fashion parades in major cities such as New York, London, Paris, and Milan. His products became very sought after at the time.



Jim Thompson House Museum also became a shrine filled to the brim with amazing Asian artworks and antiques. It was already like a museum when Jim was living there and has been like that ever since. Jim had become wealthy and highly successful in creating and selling Thai silk products. But on a fateful day in 1967, he famously disappeared into a Jungle in Malaysia and never returned.



Although the official story is that he never returned from the jungle, many people believe he was kidnapped and killed by business rivals. These rivals were also vying to control the Thai silk trade. Guess we'll never know what happened to Jim Thompson. It’s a story of beauty and tragedy, all in the same instance.


The Bear Travel   Did You Know?

Jim Thomson single-handedly revived the Thai silk industry and was a prolific art collector. After his mysterious disappearance, his collection was so extensive his house was declared a museum. 


Viewing Valuable Art at Jim Thompson House Museum

In the years after his disappearance, Jim Thompson’s House has become a shrine and a museum to celebrate his life. If you are visiting Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) and want to get a natural feel for the life of Jim in Asia in the 1950s and 1960s, visiting the house is a must.



Jim had acquired quite a collection of ancient Buddhist pieces from various temples across Thailand. His house is like a temple in many regards. You can view stunning Buddhist murals that tell old stories through art. He even had sandstone Buddha images guarding the kitchen area of the house. Everywhere you look in the house is dominated by beautiful artworks that Jim himself loved.



The dining room is in an exquisite 19th-century teakwood pavilion brought to the estate from the ancient city of Ayutthaya, formally the capital of Thailand before Bangkok. Here you will find two beautiful Chinese mahjong tables where Jim would sit and gaze out over the gardens at lunchtime. Every part of the house is doused in ancient Southeast Asian art pieces. It totally gives the house an authentic back-in-time atmosphere that is simply scintillating. 


The Bear Travel  Fun Fact!

Jim Thompson House Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness an extensive collection of Buddhist statues, Thai paintings, and Southeast Asian art.


Sampling the Jim Thompson Brand

Approximately 10 years after Jim had disappeared, the court-appointed an administrator that became the James H.W. Thompson Foundation. That administrator took over his assets and managed his house and companies. It took a few years to get his things in order. Later, the foundation turned Jim’s House into a museum to celebrate his name and accomplishments. Today at the house, you will find restaurants, a café, a souvenir boutique shop, an art center, and even banquet areas. 



There is a refreshing outdoor terrace next to the canal. You can host parties with up to 80 people, which is ideal for functions, corporate events, weddings, press conferences, and even fashion shows. When you are holidaying in Thailand and want to enjoy a peaceful yet inspiring afternoon of history, art, and all things beautiful, you do not want to miss a trip to Jim Thompson’s House on Bangkok's outskirts. The museum is famous and known by most taxi drivers and all the tour desks in the city.   


The Bear Travel   Trivia!

Jim Thompson House Museum spans half an acre of land.




Map & More Information 



Jim Thompson House Museum in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) is a Thai-style teak house owned by famous American entrepreneur Jim Thompson who devoted his life to making Thai silk which is now known worldwide. The museum offers guided tours in many languages, attracting more than 180,000 worldwide visitors annually.


Jim Thompson House Museum: Incredible Art Collection in Bangkok



100 Thai Baht per Person 
50 Thai Baht per Student and University Student

Business Hours

10.00 – 18.00 hrs  |  Monday – Sunday 

Business Address

6 Kasem San 2 Alley, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

Contact Number

+66 (0) 2 216 7368

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