Harris House - Missionary Museum
Here we have the first school museum in the north of Thailand which serves as a learning centre for people of all ages, creeds and cultures. One of Chiang Mai's best known boy’s schools reflects over its influential history with an in house museum. When in 1905 Prince Vajiravudh [King Rama VI] came to Chiang Mai to preside over the foundation laying of the Butler Building, which housed the first classrooms, he stayed the night in Harris House and also renamed the school ‘Prince Royal’s College’.”
Harris House was awarded the Best Preserved Building prize by the Siam Architecture Society after a fire struck in 1980 and the building was successfully restored to its original state. The original layout of the ground floor has been kept while the upstairs rooms have been turned into a series of galleries. The largest of which features photographs of missionaries and paintings by Chiang Mai governor Luang Pinit Attakoen, century-old school desks bearing old models of typewriters and school uniforms from the past century.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
- Address: 117 Kaew Nawarat
- Tel: + 66 (0) 5324-2038
Kawila Monument and Park
Directly opposite the army barracks in a small but pleasant park is the Kawila monument. The monument was erected in the honour of Kawila. Born in 1742, Kawila was the first of Prince Chai Kaew's 10 children who played a major part in the defense and rebuilding of Chiang Mai and consequently is considered as one of the founders of the new city which was reborn after the repressive Burmese regime was driven out. Behind the statue lies a small museum where you can learn more about this great and much revered Thai leader.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (museum)
- Address: 285 Wat Ket Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
Raintree Resource Centre
The Raintree Resource Centre provides free lending library with over 7000 English books and 600 videos. They also hold the occasional special interest workshops (ex. English conversation classes, flower arrangement, ethnic cooking). A good place to venture out to, if you plan on staying in Chiang Mai some time.
- Opening Hours: 10.00-12.00
- Address: First Level - CMCC Center 3 Charoen Muang Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 262 660
Uncle Jacks History Museum - Ket Karam Museum
The son of, Mr. William Bain, who was a “Teak-Wallah” in the service of the East Asiatic Company, Uncle Jack opened the Ket Karam museum over four years ago. Having refurbished the old (580 years old to be exact) wooden structure there is a well organised display of artifacts from a previous era – the idea being to preserve the beauty of old Lanna culture.
Items include an old gramophone, with a Dinah Shore 78 rpm on the turntable, coins and antique crockery, vintage bank notes, ancient household appliances, farm tools, wood carvings and Buddha images. The gallery of photographs of a bygone era is considered to be of the best in Chiang Mai.
Financing the museum through his own money and the generosity of visitors who can make donations, Uncle Jack has said his motivation comes from the desire to educate younger people on the roots of their culture. Free Lanna dancing classes for children are also held every weekend.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
- Address: 96 Jaroenraj Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 89 850 1252