The Bottle Art Museum, located in Sukhumvit Road, is possibly the leading tourist attraction in Pattaya. It is the only museum in the world that showcases miniature art inside a bottle. It was founded by Mr. Peter Bedelais of Holland and by a Thai local, Mrs. Prapaisi. The works displayed are sculpted and bottled by Mr. Bedelais himself. The whole collection was said to have taken 15 years to complete.
There are over 300 pieces of wood artworks bottled in unique and differently-hued glass containers. The miniatures contained are replicas of structures found in Thailand and other foreign countries. It includes palaces, temples, churches, vessels and a variety of interesting places in the world. The collection is definitely breathtaking, especially when light strikes the glass bottles, showering rays of light on the objects inside.
THE ART OF BOTTLING
Bottling an elaborate work of art inside a glass container with a narrow opening was a concept viewed by many as totally impossible, until Mr. Bedelais, a Dutch sculptor who worked 14 hours every day for 15 years to make a huge and impressive bottle art collection, established what is now known as the only bottle museum in the whole world. Today, the pieces inspire amazement from visitors worldwide.
The process of putting artwork in a bottle includes deciding on the size of the miniature, choosing the bottle fitted for the miniature design and then creating the miniature. The miniature structure is composed of many small pieces of wood, cut to fit the opening of the bottle. The pieces of wood will be painted and then put together piece by piece. When the miniature is completed, each piece of wood will be taken apart again and then systematically numbered. The parts then will all be inserted into the bottle by a special kind of tool and then glued together following the number system to finally form the structure originally assembled.
THE SOUVENIR SHOP
The concept of bottling an art is so mind-boggling that some tourists have been challenged to try it themselves. In the Bottle Art Museum’s souvenir shop, this is encouraged by selling miniature items that can be assembled and bottled by the visitors themselves. This way, visitors can try their hand at bottling personalized art pieces from the comforts of their home.
Opening Hours: The Bottle Art Museum is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM every day. An entrance fee is required upon entrance.
How to get there: The Bottle Art Museum is at Km. 45 on Sukhumvit Road just off Highway Number 3. You can take advantage of hotels offering free shuttle to town, otherwise you can ride a taxi from the hotel or take the local baht bus. Baht Buses’ routes include major roads and highways and drivers are familiar with the Museum. You can simply ask the drivers to drop you off at the Museum. Depending on your hotel location, you can also ride motorbike taxis to cut costs on transportation. Motorbike taxis are usually just used for short-distance destinations.