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  • Chiang Mai Museums and Cultural Places

    Chiang Mai Attractions

    As a major cultural centre and a place where the past and present meet, it's no surprise that Chiang Mai has a number of interesting museums. These museums preserve the art, culture and history of the Lanna (northern) Kingdom as well as the northern hilltribes and make excellent rainy day excursions. Chiang Mai's museums are certainly worth a visit, if only so you can sound authoritative while showing off your photos back home.

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    Located near the historic Wat Jet Yod, this is the main museum of northern Thailand and is under the patronage of Their Royal Majesties, the King and Queen. It was renovated in 1996 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai and now features a larger and better organized exhibition. The museum is housed in a large, two storey traditional Lanna style house, complete with the signature roof design, reminiscent of a bird's spreading wings. Visitors to the museum pass through six sections of exhibits, which constitute a journey from Chiang Mai's prehistory to its present and future course.

    The museum begins with the natural and cultural

    • Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 09:00 to 16:00
    • Location: On the Highway (Northwest) next to Wat Jet Yod
    • Price Range: Admission is 30 Baht
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    This unusual museum provides an excellent insight into the life and times of Dara Rassamee, a consort of King Chulalonghorn (Rama V) and half-sister to the (then) Prince of Lanna. Dara Rassamee lived over 100 years ago and during her life she was instrumental in uniting the Kingdoms of Siam and Lanna, as well as being a great preserver of art, furniture and clothing from the traditional northern culture. Much of her collection is now displayed in her former home, almost all of which is open to the public. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Open from 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday
    • Location: The Dara Phirom Museum is located on the Mae Rim road, about 30 km (19 miles) north of the old city.
    • Price Range: Admission is 20 baht
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    Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders


    For some creepy crawly fun, head over to this museum of the oogie, run by Manop Rattanarithikul, an eccentric entomology enthusiast and his wife Rampa, a PhD in the field. Manop, nicknamed "The Mosquito Man", has been studying and collecting insects for most of his life and he and his wife have travelled the world studying and working with bugs. They founded the museum together in 2002 and have been giving visitors the willies ever since. Manop himself will guide you through exhibits that run from massive beetles than look like something out of the movie Dune to almost invisible little gnats. Anyone who's spent time in Thailand will get a feeling of deep satisfaction from seeing an example of all 422 species of Thai mosquito dead and impaled in a glass case. But don't be surprise if you get bit by some of Manop's enthusiasm for the little buggers.

    • Opening Hours: Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00
    • Location: Located on Srimankalajarn Road, soi 13 (midway between Suthep and Huay Kaew roads near Suan Dok Hospital.
    • Price Range: Admission is 300 baht + 100 baht to take photos
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    Tribal Museum of Chiang Mai


    Can't tell an Akha from a Hmong? Do you think that Yao is just a big guy who plays in the NBA? Then you need to pay a visit to the Chiang Mai Tribal Museum. Recently moved from its location on the Chiang Mai University campus, this museum is now housed in a modern, three storey building in Ratchamankla Park. Anyone planning on paying a visit to the many hilltribe villages around Chiang Mai will definitely benefit from a visit to this museum. On display here are costumes, tools and art from all of the major northern hilltribes, as well as daily slide shows which tell the stories of these colourful and unique peoples.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday with daily slide shows at 10:00 and 14:00
    • Location: In Ratchamankla Park, at the intersection of Mae Rim Road and Chang Puak Road.
    • Price Range: Free
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