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Museum of Thai Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University


Responsible unit : Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University

Location : 4th floor of Queen Sripatcharintra Building, Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University, 2 Prannok Road, Siriraj Subdistrict, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700

The area is divided into 2 parts: a 110-square meter hallway, and a 90-square meter Lady Phinphakphitthayaphet Room.

Museum type : a museum about Thai nursing history since it was established in 1896.

The opening ceremony of Museum of Thai Nursing was on January 12, 1996.

HRH Princess Soamsavali Phravararajatinaddamatu has presided over the Centennial Anniversary of the school and the opening ceremony of the museum.


Rationale for Museum of Thai Nursing Establishment

The first nursing school was found on January 12, 1896, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sripatcharintra. At first, it was called School of Obstetrician and Nurse, and then it was changed to Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University.

Associate Professor Dr. Tassana Boontong, Dean of Faculty of Nursing in that time, had been aware of the value and importance of establishing the Archives and Museum of Thai Nursing, in order to collect those valuable equipments and stuffs using in nursing profession since the past until the present. In 1987, Associate Professor Dr. Tassana Boontong, Dean of Faculty of Nursing in that time, had planned to establish Museum of Thai Nursing, in order to honor Lady Phinphakphitthayaphet, the first Thai nursing instructor who was the director of School of Nursing and Midwifery. The lady had a great contribution to the school and nursing profession. Associate Professor La-or Hutangkoon was invited to be a chairperson for Museum of Thai Nursing establishment.


Lady Phinphakphitthayaphet

Associate Professor
Dr. Tassana Boontong

Associate Professor
La-or Hutangkoon


Establishment of Museum of Thai Nursing

The working group innovated and decorated the place. They also collected information for displays inside the museum which are evidence and important information about history of Thai nursing. They are divided into 4 categories as follows:

• Nursing equipments and equipments for teaching nursing

• Documents and textbooks

• Pictures and models

• Other important objects such as brooches, logos, coins, shields, uniforms, etc.

Associate Professor La-or Hutangkoon had done a research and collected important information. The first nursing school of Thailand was established by the idea of Her Majesty Queen Sripatcharintra, which was called School of Obstetrician and Nursing. This information were acquired from the Government Gazette Office, the Secretariat of the Cabinet, Government House, and government gazette book 13, page 43, January 24, 1896. Later, this name was shortened to School of Obstetrician. Until 1910, it was changed again to School of Obstetrician and Nurse. After that, it had been changed several times. This museum is a remembrance of kindness and hospitality for Thai society which is an excellent role model for the next generation.


Evolution of Nurse Uniform

School of Obstetrician and Nursing, 1896

Nurse uniform in the early period

Nurse uniform with a pot-like cap

Siam Red Cross School of Nursing, 1914

Nurse uniform in the early period

Nurse uniform in 1927-1932

McCormick Nursing School, 1923

Nurse uniform in the early period

Schools in the early period

School of Obstetrician and Nursing

Siam Red Cross School of Nursing

McCormick Nursing School

School of Nursing and Midwifery,
Department of Medical Services

Childbirth in the past by a midwife

Childbirth by an obstetrician

Lady Phinphakphitthayaphet Room

Diploma / certificate

A set of equipment for cleaning
patient on a bed

A pill dissolving equipment
for injection

Equipment for giving saline solution

Coins and logos

Florence Nightingale Medal


Evolution of Nurse Uniform

The museum is open 9 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. only on important days that relate to nursing as follows: January 12, establishment day of the faculty, May 12, International Nurses Day, September 24, Mahidol Day, and October 21, National Nurses Day.

The museum is also opened for visitors as a group on requested. For more information, please contact:

Deans Office, Faculty of Nursing,
Telephone: 02-419-7466 -80 Ext.1206, 1207
Fax: 02-412-8415
E-Mail: lins@mahidol.ac.th




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