Exterior view of Jim Thompson House.

The Jim Thompson House

Bangkok | Thailand

About the Museum

Built in 1959, the Jim Thompson House hosts the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson. The museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, and is situated in a vibrant jungle landscape in the heart of the city. Following his relocation to Bangkok and the establishment of the Thai Silk Company Limited in 1948, Thompson became a major collector of Southeast Asian art.

He built a large collection of historical Buddhist statues and traditional Thai paintings made of wood, cloth, and paper. He collected art not only from Thailand but also from Burma, Cambodia, and Laos, frequently travelling to those countries on buying trips. The compound also features the Jim Thompson Art Center, which organizes exhibitions and educational programs in collaboration with local and international cultural institutions.

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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