Museums

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Airforce Museum
Airforce Museum
Though not well known to many, particularly tourists, Chiang Mai is home to a vintage aircraft museum. Tango Squadron Wing 41 maintains the museum located at the Chiang Mai Airport. For those wishing to visit the museum advanced notification is required since the museum is located in the part of the airport used by the Royal Thai Air Force. A group of four or more is also a requirement. While there is no charge to visit the museum, donations are accepted and will be used by Tango Squadron Wing 41 to maintain and improve the exhibits. To make arrangements to visit the museum contact retired Squadron Leader Major Veerachat Palee. Phone 081 028 4663.
Link to Webring Website Location: See Map
Opening hours: By arrangement

Chiang Mai City Arts and Museum Chiang Mai City Arts and Museum
The centre is a modern multi-media museum and cultural education centre, featuring a range of medias from video, scale models, enlarged photos, wall murals and text in Thai and English. Built in 1924, the building was the former Provincial Hall of Chiang Mai and is considered to be a stunning example of post-colonial Thai architecture.Visitors can partake in interactive exhibitions music and historical displays. A definite must when in Chiang Mai. The museum was awarded by the Royal Association of Siamese Architects for its architectural restoration, back in 1999.
Link to Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre Website Location: See Map
Opening hours: 08:00-17:30

Dara Pirom Museum
Dara Pirom Museum
Located on the city’s outskirts and celebrating the life of the late Princess Jao Dara Rasamee, the Dara Pirom Museum is full of cultural attractions and history. Princess Jao Dara Rasamee died in 1933 and is still remembered for her good deeds, kindness and experimental farming techniques. Exhibits include furnishings, antiques, photographs and many of the princess’s personal items.
Link to Chulalongkorn University Dara Pirom Museum Page Location: See Map
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00

Ganesh Himal Museum
Ganesh Himal Museum
Ganesha is a Hindu deity who has the head of an elephant and is the son of Lord Shiva. The Museum comprises a main museum building, a Ganesha shrine, and a gift shop. The museum building has three rooms that exhibit around 700 Ganesha statues, paintings, gemstone pictures and Ganesh images made from metal, wood and papier mache. The figurines of Ganesha are housed in the first and second room of the museum building and have been amassed from different countries like India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar and Burma. The third room is the worshipping room which features large statues of Lord Ganesha and his mice.

The Ganesha Museum holds a worshipping ceremony once a year and around 300 devotees attend this ceremony. Many devotees also bring their Ganesha statues to be blessed during this ceremony.

Link to Ganesh Hilam Museum Page (Thai with translation facility) Location: See Map
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00

Lanna Folklife Museum
Lanna Folklife Museum
The museum is housed in the splendid old Chiang Mai courthouse building, which has received a full make-over inside and out and is located in leafy grounds on Phrapokklao Road opposite the Three Kings monument in the city’s budding museum district.It’s more of an exhibition than a museum and there aren’t really too many old artifacts as such, but rather a series of dioramas of aspects of Lanna life: religion, culture, history, costumes and so on (Lanna being the name of the old North Thai kingdom based at Chiang Mai), interspersed with sample relics.
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Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
Always popular with families, the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders lies on the western side of Chiang Mai and is home to an enormous collection of butterfly specimens, which are beautifully displayed in glass cases. Also expect to find sea shells, geological treasures, well-preserved fossils, and displays relating to the extensive research into the life of mosquitoes. A gift shop completes the main attractions and sells a selection of books and even some mounted insects.
Link to Information Page on this Website Location: See Map
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00

National Museum
National Museum
The city’s National Museum lies on the northern side of Chiang Mai, next to the Wat Jed Yot temple, and is full of information about the Lanna culture and the region’s past. Recently updated, the museum boasts many precious antiquities and local treasures, such as many extravagant and valuable pieces of jewellery, ancient pottery, historic farming equipment, images of Buddha, and also both paintings and photographs.
Link to Chiang Mai National Museum Website Location: See Map

Tribal Museum
Tribal Museum
Sited on the northern side of the city and on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, the octagonal Tribal Museum first opened its doors in this new lakeside setting in 1997, although it was actually founded in 1965. Home to a huge collection of traditional handicrafts from regional hill tribes, the museum was relocated to Ratchamankla Park and boasts a diverse array of exhibits, which include historic weapons, musical instruments, various household utensils, costumes, ornaments, hunting equipment, jewellery and textiles.
Link to Wikipedia Page Location: See Map
Opening hours: Closed due to a fire (opening Dec 2013)

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