Chiang Mai National Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum
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The Chiang Mai National Museum offers a peak into the area's native Lanna culture in the form of artifacts and artist exhibits. Ancient jewelry and pottery are showcased and each exhibit is written in both English and Thai.
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Ravel1981
London, UK20 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Couples
Very informative about the Lanna culture and the history of Chiang mai and the surrounding offer. Good value for 90 baht adult entrance.
Written February 18, 2022
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Triplegem2017
Bangkok, Thailand188 contributions
Nov. 2019
This is a fine example of a regional National Museum in Thailand. Lots of local history on display. I especially liked the prehistoric section, with the old beads and bronze age items. Clean and well lit and they don't charge to take photos.
Written December 2, 2019
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK3,630 contributions
Nov. 2019
THIS museum displays its exhibits on two floors, is well laid out and spacious and goes into considerable detail about pre-history and the Lanna kingdom.
Some claim the museum is a bit too dry and detached and lacks interaction with the visitor which is a fair comment although a little cruel.
What the National Museum is set up for -- and set up for very well -- is a detailed look at its subject matter. Yes, there are no state of the art screen quizzes, timelines or cartoon guides, but this is a serious look at the history of the Chiang Mai area not Disneyworld.
My advice to any visitor would be to pay your 100 baht entry fee and immediately climb the grand central staircase to take you up to the top floor and the pre-history section which includes a clever 3D river course scenario with ancient man napping flint.
From there you can work slowly through exhibits on this floor and the ground floor to bring you up to modern times, exhibits detailing everything from Royalty and how the monarchy worked to how the Lanna kingdom developed.
There is a wealth of priceless exhibits, early black and white photographs and even some striking furniture, jewellery, caskets and other displays.
There wasn't a cafe that I could find. That wasn't a problem but I was a little surprised that there was no shop to provide much needed funding for the museum and to help visitors buy a memory of their visit.
That said, toilets here are very well kept and staff are extremely helpful, so I have no hesitation in recommending visitors to Chiang Mai to come here and learn a bit about local history.

You can take pictures but you are not allowed to carry any shoulder bag about which must be deposited in a locked numbered cupboard to which which get the key.
Written November 26, 2019
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Ducktalk
Cowes, Australia234 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Solo
I like museums and as it was seriously hot, the CM National Museum seemed a good place to spend time.

Walked there from Nimmanheimin, which didn't take long (I'm a hiker so walking isn't an issue) but did involve multiple crossings over a busy highway because the footpaths kept running out.

Subject matter very very dry so this isn't a place for children. Centres mostly around Buddhism and some local archaeology and Lanna history. Beautifully laid out and very spacious displays.

Unfortunately the English translations need some serious editing as they're unreadable. Renders one hugely confused as to who's who as the names of famous people are long and unpronounceable, and there's no context around it. I gave up trying to read anything in detail, which I don't normally do.

Feel sorry for the folk who have to sit around making sure no-one touches anything. Must be seriously boring.

All up, it's a nice place to fill in time and quite good if the topics are appealing. However, if you're limited in that precious time commodity, give it a miss.

Costs B100, no cafe or gift shop. Not many people visiting, very quiet. Thought I'd draw objects but there really wasn't a lot to draw that appealed.
Written October 24, 2019
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Justin K
Shanghai, China277 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Solo
The museum contains a lot of impressive Lanna works such as ancient manuscript containers and Buddha statues. It also provides a reasonably good explanation of the history and religion of the lanna period. That said the exhibits do not flow that well together and at times it is a bit hard to figure out what you are looking at. Some explanations are only in Thai but for the most part the English explanations are comprehensive. By contrast the Chiang Mai city arts and culture museum does not have as impressive works but the intuitive and interactive nature of its exhibits helps you to learn more quickly and with more fun. Think of the national museum as a bit more academic and dry. I think both museums are worth visiting if you have the time. If not you will probably learn more at the city arts and culture museum but if you really want to see the fine art works of the lanna kingdom go for the national museum
Written April 5, 2019
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Ken
Tokyo, Japan5 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Couples
Not informative, and frankly, not very interesting. Spend you time in Chiangmai elsewhere. There is a temple near the museum though - Wat Ched Yot, which is worth a visit.
Written March 22, 2019
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easterntreker
Halifax, Canada3,499 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours here. the videos were very interesting. A lot if interesting artifacts and artwork.
Written March 12, 2019
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paula w
Bristol, UK68 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Friends
Having read a few reviews of this museum I didn't have high expectations. What a pleasant surprise I was in for! This museum is beautiful, quiet and it has some truely magnificent pieces. It only takes around an hour and is really informative. Well worth a visit.
Written February 15, 2019
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Captain B
Hua Hin, Thailand183 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Friends
Why this is listed so low on TA things to do list I have no idea . Why some people review this place with negative comments is equally mystifying . It is a most excellent museum with it taking up enough of your time to be informative and interesting without tiring or boring you . I think it is actually better to visit here before doing the temple and stupa tours as there is a lot of background information available here to make those visits so much more interesting. I thoroughly recommend a visit
Written February 14, 2019
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mtk07
Sacramento, California118 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed the National Musuem. Some of the exhibits included early superstitions, irrigation systems, writing and hill tribes. There were some innovative visual elements that made the trip engaging. Starting off here gave us a good basis for our time in Chiang Mai
Written January 31, 2019
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