Background of the Museum


The Royal Dockyard, a dockyard under the Thai navy established on purpose of rebuilding the royal barge, has a long history since the period of steamboats. King Chulalongkorn then ordered that the great dockyard should be built near the foundry on the south of Wat Rakhangkhositraram in order to support the increasing number of ship repairing. The King officially opened the Royal Dockyard on January 9, 1890. The Naval Dockyard Department has since then counted this auspicious day as the Naval Dockyard Department Foundation Day. In addition, the Department has responded to his royal grace of modern dockyard work foundation by the continual missions to repair and to build ships with increasing capability of using sea power to help the Thai navy prepared for any operations. This results in many shipbuilding and mechanic contributions which is considered as intellectual heritage containing historical value, and should be preserved and made widespread henceforth.

In 2008, the Naval Dockyard Department has started the project of Royal Dockyard Museum in honor of His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday Anniversary, on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 7th cycle birthday anniversary on December 5, 2011. This project aims to conserves and improves the Mechanical Plant Department Building, Plant Division, Thonburi Naval Dockyard and Naval Dockyard Department, and turns it into a museum. This building is aged over 100 years, with the Architecture of Gingerbread Style. It is presumably built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn, when the King gave the Navy Department the land to build Royal Dockyard Department Plant and the Navy Department Office. The museum has been developed by the Naval Dockyard Department, following the intention of Admiral Honorary Prof. Weerawat Wongdontri, at the time he took position of the Naval Engineering Command.

The name Royal Dockyard Museum in honor of His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday Anniversary comes from the title "Royal Dockyard Opening" in Royal Thai Government Gazette, 1890-01-18 (109 Rattanakosin Era), Vol. 7, pp. 42, describing Navy Department's business and King Chulalongkorn's trip to the Royal Dockyard Opening Ceremony on January 9, 1890 (109 Rattanakosin Era).

Royal Dockyard Museum in honor of His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday Anniversary has its official opening ceremony on Thursday 25th August 2011.