National Museum Volunteers’ Lecture Series


Since 1972 the National Museum Volunteers has organized the well-attended “NMV Lecture Series” which is in its 68th iteration this year. Held in English, two lectures a week are held for four consecutive weeks and are designed to interest those who are new to Thailand as well as those who call Thailand home. A line up of distinguished speakers deliver their talks at the National Museum auditorium located on the grounds of the National Museum, once the palace of the Deputy King of Siam.

The series is a good introduction to “all things Thai”. Traditionally it covers arts, culture, religion and history up to modern times. Topics are often inspired by the Museum’s architecture, sculptures, paintings, artworks, and collections of instruments, ceramics, pearl inlay, woodcarvings, stone etchings, theater pieces, textiles, thrones and chariots etc for which the museum is famous.

Schedule of this year’s lectures:

31st October, 09:30 am
M.R. Chakrarot Chitrabongs, H.R.H. Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse a Thai Artist

31st October, 11:00 am
Ruth Gerson, Overview of Thai Art

14th November, 09:30 am
Dr. Piriya Krairiksh, The development of Buddha images in Thailand

14th November, 11:00 am
Prof. Surapone Virulrak and Khun Tammarat Towasakul, Introduction to Khon Masks and Ravana Masks making techniques

21st November, 09:30 am
Jane Puranananda, The Art of Thai Textile Traditions

21st November, 11:00 am
John J. Toomey, Thai Mother of Pearl Inlay Lacquer

28th November, 09:30 am
Panya Vijinthanasarn, Thai Modern Art in process – reflections on my own artistic

28th November, 11:00 am TBC


Non NMV Members
For single day: 400 THB
For complete series: 1500 THB

NMV Members
For single day: 200 THB
For complete series: 700 THB

Venue: Auditorium of the National Museum Bangkok

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