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Chiang Mai National Museum

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Address: Superhighway northwest of the Old City near Wat Jed Yod, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phone Number: 05322-1308
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Chiang Mai National Museum offers a peak into the area's native Lanna...
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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Nice Museum

If you are a history buff then it will be well worth your time. It is smaller than it's counterpart in Bangkok but the gardens make it worthwhile

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

If you are a history buff then it will be well worth your time. It is smaller than it's counterpart in Bangkok but the gardens make it worthwhile

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is a good place for getting historical information concerning the Northern Thailand. The expo is pretty good with chart in English saying about rulers, kingdoms, fighting in this place. At least I clarified what is it Lanna Kingdom. More over there are a lot of artifacts both as dinosaurs' period as human culture. Unfortunately the second floor was closed... More 

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Pai, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

You will spend a lot going to and from this place where many taxi drivers don't even know about it or the exact location. I got dumped off at the wat near the place as the taxi driver apparently could not even read his own native language as I had it written in Thai. (National Museum) He still did not... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My first impression of this place was good because the buildings in the museum complex are lovely and it's nicely landscaped. Unfortunately there wasn't much to see inside the museum itself. On the day of my visit the upstairs floor was off limits (I think it's being refurbished). Also some of the permanent exhibits from the ground floor were missing.... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It did give some useful information about this city. For example, I like the information that in the past, the Thai believe that each city had its own birthday and fate, or how the local habitats lived etc... By the way, the arrangement and display is quite boring and traditional. And it is not free.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The museum gave an interesting insight to Chiang Mai's history. There was a section where there were actual artifacts that weren't dug up yet, so that was pretty neat.

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Sao Paulo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

It is a set of museum, composed by 3 small sections (you have to buy tickets to all, but the price is very accessible). The museums have nice displays, in multilanguages, so, you will have a nice idea about Thai and Chiang Mai history and local costumes. You will spend almost 30 minutes to see all the displays, and don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Museum is free to all that visit, it is not a lot to see and you can spend 90 minutes or so looking at the past history of ChangMai itself. Interesting artifacts and all signs are posted in Thai and English. Not really geared toward kids that will want more interactive exhibits but and great place to go for a... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We went there because we wanted to know more about the history of Lanna Kingdom. It was very informative. Being right in the middle of the old city, it was very easy to get to.

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

We had a spare afternoon so thought we'd see the museum based on a write up in a borrowed 2004 edition of Lonely Planet. The article noted that the admission was 30B and that the museum was undergoing some much needed renovations so we assumed they would have been completed by now. When we arrived, we found admission had been... More 

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