On August 9 2013 at 01.00 pm, Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn (Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital) presided at the grand opening of “Interactive Museum in Honor of Her Majesty the Queen” was built for the visually-impaired. Senator Montien Boohtan made a presence as guest of honor at 2nd Floor, Adulyadejvikrom Building, Siriraj Hospital.
“Interactive Museum in Honor of Her Majesty the Queen” is a collaboration of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Ratchasuda College of Mahidol University, the Bangkok School for the Blind, and the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand (under the royal patronage of H.M. the Queen).
The event began with the display of the imitation of Seres Coin with which Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented H.M. the Queen to honor her for upgrading women status and for being “a giver with no discrimination” on May 11, 1979. The visitors could touch the coin freely. Then, came the 8 Education Bases showing Royal Development Projects such as Water for the Forests, Elephant Conservation and Reintroduction, wicker pieces, dried ferns baskets, and other projects promoting supplementary occupations. The visitors would walk along the path leading to each base where a table was set up. On that table, there would be something to touch with an explanation on the headset. The highlight of the museum is how it let people learn through listening and touching in dark rooms without any vision from the eyes. The process took about 40 minutes for people with normal vision. They would face “darkness” and see the exhibition by touching and learning the way of the visually-impaired.
Other than the Interactive Museum, there is also Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum where H.M. the Queen’s generous efforts were shown through the exhibition of photographs and displays which are really hard to see these days.
You can visit the “Interactive Museum” everyday, except for Tuesdays and official off days, starting from August 10, 2013 from 10.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. For more information, call 02-419-6918-9 or 02-419-2601.