The forerunner to Bangkok National Museum was founded in 1874. The museum was formerly located in the Grand Palace and then moved to Thammasat University next to Sanam Luang. In 1926, the museum became the National Museum. In addition to traditional cultural relics from various periods, the museum began a modern art collection in 1993. The National Museum has an open floorplan. It is beautiful and exotic. In addition to the main exhibition hall in the middle, the museum has many pavilions nearby as well as several lotus ponds, allowing visitors to quietly admire the grounds.