Sightseeing   ->   Museums


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The Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre 
This place is located in an old building of elegant architectural design built in 1924. Standing on the location of a former royal hall, the building was used as the central administrative unit of Siam, and later as the Provincial Hall of Chiang Mai. This place was received an award in 1999 for preservation of a public building from the Royal Society of Siamese Architects (Society of Siamese Architects under Royal Parsonage).

The museum has been divided into two sections. The front (eastern) part of the square-shape building contains permanent exhibits, while the rear section of the building has been dedicated to cultural activities, temporary exhibits, a souvenir shop, lecture theatre and exhibition hall for Lanna arts and an archive.

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays including public holidays (closed on Mondays) from 8.30a.m.-5p.m. Admission fee is B90 for adult, B40 for children. For more information call 053-217793, 053-219833.

Chiang Mai University Art Museum 
This museum is run by the Fine Arts Faculty of The Chiang Mai University, this is a fine museum indeed and is doing wonders for the promotion and understanding of art in the north of Thailand. There is not enough budget to fund a permanant exhibition, so it is often a tad hit and miss with the quality of exhibits. But whether it's a young talent, a wondering foreign artist or a famous and established national artist, this museum is always of interest and the friendly art students wandering around are always helpful. Well worth visiting on the corner of Suthep and Nimmanhaemin Roads, Tel 053-944833. Opening hours: Tuesdays -Sundays, 9a.m.- 5p.m. (free)

Museum of World Insects & Natural Wonders 
Seeing is Believing, Believing is Seeing.
Visit the museum of world insects and natural wonders. Incredible displays of worldwide collections of amazing beautiful specimens of rare fossils, fantastic stones. Thousands of insects, butterflies, seashells and many wonderful rarities. Once in a lifetime educational experience.
Admission Fee: Adults 300 Baht. Children 100 200 Baht.
Open everyday 9.00 AM. 5.00 PM.

Address: Nimmanhemin 13 (opp. Sirimungkalajan 3 Rd.) Huay_Kaew Rd.
ChiangMai 50200 THAILAND
Tel. +66 53211891 Fax. +66 53216262

Postal Museum 
Not much to offer, but those interested in the postal service of Thailand or stamps may find it of interest. The museum is located at Mae Ping Post Office, (1-2 km. to south of Wat Phra Singh) Open Tuesdays - Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (free)

Sbun Nga Textile Museum 
This textile museum is at Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre (near the airport). There are some 6,000 pieces on display. Quality textiles like these cannot be found anywhere else. Daily except Wednesdays. Starting from 10-12 a.m. and 1-9 p.m. Admission fee is 100 baht for adults, 50 baht for children, students and handicapped people.

Lanna Architectural Museum 
At the city's central intersection, open Mondays-Fridays except public holidays, admission is free, place contract 09-8954633.

Chiang Mai Numismatic Museum (The Treasury Hall) 
This museum features a fascinating exhibition of antique Thai coins, insignia of rank, and other artifacts from private collections. Viewing hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 09.00 - 15.30 at 52 Ratchadamnoen Road. For further information call 053-22 4237/8.

Wat Gate Museum 
This temple features an eclectic collection of artifacts. One of the most interesting art objects is an old Siamese 'White Elephant' flag. There is also a collection of old phonographs going back more than 100 years to the era of teak wallahs in Chiang Mai. The museum opens daily from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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