The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage

  • 131 Soi Sukhumvit 21, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110

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The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage was established in 1904 with a mission to promote knowledge of the culture, history, arts and natural sciences of Thailand as well as those of neighbouring countries. The Society’s activities are guided by its motto: “Knowledge Gives Rise to Friendship” and it welcomes visitors of all nationalities, including non-members, to visit its facilities and join its activities.The Siam Society presents lectures by local and international experts in English and Thai; organises study trips to historical, cultural and nature sites around Thailand and overseas; holds exhibitions of books, arts and artefacts; hosts international conferences; is involved in cultural preservation; stages cultural and musical performances; publishes the Journal of the Siam Society, Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society and scholarly books; owns and operates a library with an outstanding collection of rare books and palm-leaf manuscripts; and has an ethnological museum in a magnificent old teak house situated on its grounds.In 2012 the Society was awarded "Best Cultural Organisation" status at provincial, regional and national levels by the Ministry of Culture of the Royal Thai Government. In 2013 its Council Minute Books (from 1904-2004) were inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. In 2014 its library was awarded "Outstanding Specialist Library" status by the Thai Library Association, and in 2002 the Society was cited by the Association of Siamese Architects for its excellence in preserving the historically significant buildings within its compound.