The most famous museums you can visit in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is a province in Thailand featuring many brilliant museums, from the quirky to the historical and everything in between. Here is a list of some the best museums to check out while visiting Chiang Mai.

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Arts & Cultural Center

Located in the heart of the old city by the Three Kings Monument is the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center. This museum is dedicated to preserving (and educating people about) the history and culture of Chiang Mai. Learn about local lifestyles, agricultural practices, hill tribe people or venture to the section dedicated to regional beliefs and Buddhism.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8.30 am to 5 pm.

Arts & Cutural Centre (via Thailand Tourism)

Tribal Museum of Chiang Mai

The Tribal Museum is definitely a must visit to deepen your understanding of northern Thailand’s diverse and vibrant hill tribe cultures. Discover the cultures of Akha, Hmong, Yao and more as you browse the displays featuring traditional costumes, tools and art. There are also daily slide shows from 10 am to 2 pm which tells the fascinating stories of the major northern hill tribes.

Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm

Chiang Mai National Museum

The Chiang Mai National Museum is the main regional museum and provides visitors with a rich cultural understanding of the history of the region. Located close to the Wat Jed Yod Temple this museum is also home to a collection of unique artefacts of pottery and Buddhist icons.

Opening Hours: Open Wednesday to Monday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Chiang Mai National Museum (via Chang Puak Magazine)

Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

This quirky establishment is something a little different on the tourist map. The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is not for those who are squeamish when it comes to creepy crawlies. The museum is run by Manop Rattanarithikul (nicknamed “The Mosquito Man”), an eccentric entomology enthusiast and his wife Rampa. The duo have been studying and collecting insects for most of their lives and founded the museum together in 2002. The museum’s highlight, if you have been bitten by mosquitos in Thailand, is seeing 422 species of Thai mosquito dead and impaled in glass cases!

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

The 3D Art Museum

3D Art Museum (via Cynthia Ord)

Visiting Art in Paradise is a fun day out for the whole family. Known to be one of the world’s biggest 3D art museums, guests who visit the museum become part of the exhibits as they interact and connect to the paintings. You can be seen to fly, explore the sea, or even grow angel wings. Rather than just looking at paintings on a wall you literally become part of the realistic artworks.

Opening Hours: Open daily 9 am to 7 pm.

Dolls Museum

The Dolls Museum is a brilliant option suitable for all ages. The museum is connected to a centre that specializes in hand-crafted dolls, over fifty thousand have been created from all around the world and displayed in the museum. Dolls are made from cloth, ceramic and porcelain and depict wizards, clowns, hill tribes, Ramayana, warriors, and much more!

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

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