Pattaya is one of the main tourist centers of Thailand and there are a lot of different entertainments here: historical sights, extreme activities and art museums. The Bottle Art Museum is one of the most unusual museums in the city and around the world. Most tourists expect to see here a collection of unusual or vintage bottles, which may be associated with a certain history. In fact, this is a big mistake. In our article we will tell what can really be seen in the Bottle Art Museum and how to get there.
Here the bottles serve only as a showcase or glass shell of miniature works of art. Famous world landmarks, Thai landscapes or scenes from local life are skillfully reproduced inside each bottle.
Have you ever seen the famous Japanese gardens or the Taj Mahal in a bottle? Creating such a masterpiece requires not only skill but also much effort and patience. Each smallest detail of the figure is hand-made and then placed into the bottle through the neck with the help of special tweezers. The figure is fixed by clay to remain motionless during its creation. In total, the museum has about 300 exhibits and several beautiful hand-made ships. Each bottle is placed on a separate stand with lighting, so that visitors can see every small detail.
There is a collection of Coca-Cola bottles at the museum. You will be able to see how the shapes of the bottle and drink labels changed over the entire period of the company's existence. Here you can also admire special bottles decorated by famous designers of world’s brands.
Peter Bedele is the founder of the museum. He was a famous Dutch sculptor and traveler. In such unusual way, Peter decided to perpetuate his memories of traveling to different countries. The sculptor needed 15 years of hard work to realize his idea. Peter and then his students worked 15 hours every day to create their masterpieces, which became the first exhibits of the museum.
Nowadays, museum visitors can also watch the process of creating mini-masterpieces. There are special master classes where everyone can try to create their masterpiece in a bottle and take it home as a souvenir of their vacation in Pattaya. In the souvenir shop, special kits for “bottle creativity” or ready-made products are sold, which can be bought as a gift to your friends and family. There is also a nice cafe, where you can have a rest after visiting the museum and share your impressions.
Bottle Art Museum is located on Sukhumvit Street opposite the popular Mini Siam Park and McDonald’s Restaurant. The museum building looks like a huge head, so you will surely notice it. You can get to the museum by taxi or tuk-tuk from any hotel. The museum is open every day from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. An adult ticket costs 200 baht and child ticket costs 100 baht.
Visiting the Bottle Art Museum is a great way to add something new to your beach vacation or shopping. Here you can go on a world tour and see the most famous mini-sights in a short time.