Chiang Mai National Museum is located on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway which close to Wat Chet Yot. This museum has been designated by the Fine Arts Department as a regional center for education and preservation of the art and culture of Chiang Mai and upper northern Thailand, the Lanna Kingdom. The museum was built in traditional northern architecture, with a Lanna Thai rooftop. Their Majesties the King and Queen graciously presided over the opening of the museum on 6 February 1973. The museum has now renovated its displays, buildings, and all the facilities to be the most efficiency place to learn more about the history, culture and archeological of Northern Thailand.
The museum is composed by 2 floors, 3 sections each, which display Northern cultures such as Buddha images in different periods and influences, sculptures in wood, utilities which Lanna local natives or hill tribe use on a daily basis, and historical photographs of Chiang Mai since its early establishment up until Lanna fell into decline and Siam took control over Lanna. There is a circulate exhibition on the lower floor.
For those who interested in History will learn more about Lanna history, interesting story about Lawa local natives , Hariphunchai which was the first kingdom in the north of present Thailand.
Admission fees are 10 baht for Thai, 30 baht for foreigner, and no charge for students.
Open from 9.00 – 17.00, Wednesday to Sunday (closed on National Holidays). For more information please call + 66 5322 1328 or visit http://www.thailandmuseum.com