Thailand-Burma Railway Museum | Interactive museum in Kanchanaburi
The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum is an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. The Death Railway was about 415 kilometers long, between Ban Pong in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Burma, built during World War II by Allied Prisoners of War and both forced and willing Asian laborers under the command of the Imperial Japanese Army. (Click here to read more about the history and details of the Death Railway). The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum offers visitors an educational and interactive experience in a fully air-conditioned two-story building, located close to the War Cemetery. In addition to the museum, it includes a small shop, toilet facilities and a coffee shop.
The building of the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum was completed in January 2003. No government institution or any international company offered a sponsorship, the entire project was funded privately and by donations from veterans, their families and others. The museum is mainly run by Rod Beattie, a man who has spent his spare time since 1994 investigating and collecting records and data and all kinds of information.
The aim of the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum
The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum has been built to provide an unbiased, rounded and accurate account of the Death Railway’s story. The aim is to provide a center in Kanchanaburi that is both an museum and a facility of information and research, devoted entirely to the Death Railway. A further aim is to complement the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, which is also located in Kanchanaburi (Click here to read more in detail about the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum).
Thailand-Burma Railway Museum’s galleries
First of all, visitors will start at the gallery providing information about the history and the reasons behind the Death Railway’s construction. Secondly, visitors will learn about the engineering aspects, how the Death Railway was built and all the difficulties that had to be overcome. The third gallery is all about the life in the camps, the cruel circumstances and conditions under which the work was carried out and the struggle for survival in general. Furthermore, there is a gallery which is about the many Asian laborers and their contribution to the construction of the Death Railway. Finally, visitors will learn about the end of the Death Railway and the aftermath of the War itself.
Besides the galleries, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum also consists of a library containing books, documents, maps, photographs, personal records, videos and other material to support students of history interested in the Death Railway. Moreover, it contains a personal database which contains records of the people who worked on the construction of the Death Railway and died as Prisoners of War.
Opening hours and admission fee
The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum is opened daily from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
A ticket for adults costs 80 Baht and children (under the age of 14) have to pay 40 Baht to enter the museum.
For more information have a look at the website of the museum www.tbrconline.com
Recommended hotels in Kanchanaburi
- River Kwai Jungle Rafts
- The FloatHouse River Kwai
- River Kwai Resotel
- Home Phutoey River Kwai
- Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass
Interesting tour packages
Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, the War Cemetery, discover the River Kwai and more, while staying at the recommended hotels mentioned above. Click on the following links to find more detailed information about the complete tour packages: