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Chiang Mai Museums

The museums in Chiang Mai are wide and varied, with many detailing the history of the Lanna Kingdom, while others teach about a specific topic.

Many of the museums are located just a few kilometres from the old city of Chiang Mai, whilst others are spread out over other parks of northern Thailand in Chiang Rai and beyond.

History, Insect & Art Museums in Chiang Mai, Thailand




For the most detailed look into the history of Chiang Mai, visitors should visit the Chiang Mai National Museum. Here you will find artefacts from the Lanna Kingdom as well as memorabilia collected from other kingdoms in the northern region.

If heading up to Chiang Rai, make sure to check out the Oub Kham Museum which is home to a diverse range of memorabilia from across the former Lanna Kingdom. In addition to these collectables from the kingdom, the unique museum also houses artefacts and paraphernalia that were used by an ethnic group known as the Tai. Also in Chiang Rai is Mae Fah Luang which is a blended museum, park and garden which is home to the largest exhibit of artefacts from the Lanna cultural system.

Back in Chiang Mai, the Museum Of World Insects and Natural Wonders is an interesting visit for those interested in insects and the Chiang Mai University Art Museum is great for those interested in art.

Click the links below to browse through the range of museums in and around the Chiang Mai region.



Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand. Its location overlooks Chiang Mai City from the mountain slopes.

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Hmong Village

Hmong Village

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Ban Hmong Mae Sa Mai is the go-to village for anyone who wants to experience what it is like to enjoy life in a traditional Thai village in the north.

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Baan Dam Museum

Baan Dam Museum

Nang Lae, Mueang Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Black Temple is one of those temples that you tour when you want to go off the beaten track in Thailand; and it rarely disappoints.

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Chiang Mai Historical Centre

Chiang Mai Historical Centre

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Historical Centre is a remarkable museum where visitors can learn all about the rich, complex history of the city. Aside from the wonderful historical information presented in an exciting manner...

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Baan Tong Luang

Baan Tong Luang

Mae Raem, Mae Rim

Baan Tong Luang is a quaint village in Chiang Mai, and one of the city’s stellar tourist attractions thanks to its ability to stay true to Thai culture.

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Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

Mae Raem, Mae Rim

The Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park is a fantastic place to visit whilst in Chiang Mai, as it is a sustainable and eco-friendly tourist attraction. The park does what the name suggests, it makes recycled paper and paper...

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Tweechol Botanic Garden

Tweechol Botanic Garden

Choeng Doi, Doi Saket

The Tweechol Botanic Garden is a must-visit for any nature and gardening enthusiast in Chiang Mai. It was founded by Mr Taweesak Sesawech; a man who spent his years collecting some of Thailand’s most beautiful...

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Elephant Parade Land

Elephant Parade Land

San Phi Suea, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Elephant Parade Land is one of the best family-friendly activities in Chiang Mai. Elephants take centre stage here, and they are celebrated in every way imaginable. It features a library, movie room, and a museum...

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Lanna Traditional House Museum

Lanna Traditional House Museum

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

A visit to the Lanna Traditional House Museum will make you feel like you’ve taken a journey back in time. Learn what local life and culture was all about during the Lanna kingdom, which dates back to several...

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Monfai Culture House

Monfai Culture House


Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

Monfai is an excellent destination in Chiang Mai for anyone who wants to learn more about the Lanna culture. Located on Patan Road, this beautiful place is made with traditional wooden Lanna architecture and has lots of...

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Lahu Village

Lahu Village

Mae Chedi Mai, Wiang Pa Pao

Lahu Village is one of those destinations in Thailand where you steal away for a day or two and never want to leave for its simplicity and sheer beauty.

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Oub Kham Museum

Oub Kham Museum

Rop Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai

Oub Kham Museum is an eccentric attraction in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. It is home to diverse memorabilia from across the former Lanna Kingdom.

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Chiang Saen National Museum

Chiang Saen National Museum

Wiang, Chiang Saen

The Chiang Saen National Museum is a must-visit in Chiang Rai for anyone who’s keen to learn about the archaeological wonders of the town of Chiang Saen. It has been around since 1957 and today remains to be the...

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Ban Sao Nak

Ban Sao Nak

Wiang Nuea, Mueang Lampang

Ban Sao Nak is a marvellous historical wooden home that provides a glimpse into family life back in the olden days. This historic home, now over a century old, stands out for its striking architecture and has been well...

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Pai Chinese Village

Pai Chinese Village

Wiang Tai, Pai

Pai Chinese Village is, just as the name suggests, the cultural melting point for Thai culture and the Chinese way of life right in the heart of Pai.

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Lanna Folklife Museum

Lanna Folklife Museum

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Lanna Folklife Museum houses an amazing display of interesting artifacts depicting the life, culture, and history of the Lanna people. It’s located just across from the Three Kings Monument of the old city and...

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Lanna Architecture Centre

Lanna Architecture Centre

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Lanna Architecture Center is a museum that is dedicated to showcasing and preserving Northern Thailand’s unique heritage in architecture; most of which is influenced by the ancient Lanna kingdom. The museum is...

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Ganesh Himal Museum

Ganesh Himal Museum

Yang Kram, Doi Loi

The Ganesh Himal Museum is a popular attraction in Chiang Mai, known for its eclectic and rather unusual collection of displays all dedicated to Ganesh; a Hindu deity depicted as an elephant. Although some may find it...

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Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum

Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum is a must-visit for history buffs and stamp collectors; built on the site of the old post office and is home to an incredible display of historical Thai stamps. Although small, this...

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Highland People Discovery Museum

Highland People Discovery Museum

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Highland People Discovery Museum showcases the incredible talent of the hill tribe people. Come and watch as the local tribespeople work on intricate, colourful embroidery that is used to create traditional clothing...

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Wat Ket Karam Museum

Wat Ket Karam Museum

Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Ket Karam Museum is an important aspect of the cultural heritage of Chiang Mai. This museum is a wonderful place to visit if you’d like to learn about the history and the local community, which was once...

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