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Baan Dam Museum

414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Thawan Duchanee (September 27, 1939 - September 3, 2014) was a Thai contemporary painter, architect and sculptor with an international reputation. In 2001, this notable artist was given the price by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand as the National Thai Artist in Fine art and Visual art. Thawan is not only famous for his paintings but also architecture. His architectural masterpiece is Black House. It was the residence for Thawan for the rest of his life. In Thai, 'baan' means home or house and 'dam' means black. The Black House isn't just one structure, but a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes dotted around a peaceful garden. Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan's collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers. There are also various kinds of baskets and drums from many regions and countries on display at Baandam. Not all exhibits are open to public.
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414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

This unusual museum is not to be missed. It may not be your taste but it is definitely worth a visit to see a different kind of arts.

Thank Live2EatAndTravel
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Interesting to wander through... But felt like a rich eccentric person's estate. Glad I saw it but would not travel out of the way to do so

Thank balzun20
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

The art pieces are all in black! That made them unique. From houses, furnitures, decorations, etc... they're all in black. Unique and interesting.

Thank pinoytraveller2017
Reviewed April 11, 2017

The message overall moral is clear: people are wicked. Or it would be most like the supposed artist is wicked / Dark / and evil. This was the worst Exposure of inner demons along with actual Exposure of the darkness of the artist if you...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

I must admit that in didn't quite understand this place, it this doesn't mean that is not a must in Chiang Rai, you should come and see what this place is about.

Thank Ardielef
Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

It's an interesting museum with both indoor and outdoor display area showing the works of the artist. It's pleasant to walk around and take some good photos. Nice Lana-style architecture.

Thank Heronie M
Reviewed March 29, 2017

This is a definite see for the art lover. This is one artists collection of bones, carvings, paintings etc over several acres. Very interesting to see the whole vision.

Thank new79
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Last time I visited this museum it was in the week early morning and much better. I could enjoy the large collection of sometimes weird objects without so many visitors all seeming to stand in large groups so noone else could see the architecture. or...More

Thank 918teresah
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Wow !! We only had a short time to see this intriguing place. Its really a very powerful place and is exudes a very creative energy. Its bold and imaginative. I'm sure it gets crowded so pick a slow time and give yourself a few...More

Thank Boywonder51
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Easy to do in about an hour or so. Twenty minutes from CR by Tuk Tuk. Lots of unique and creepy displays of animal skins, skulls and artwork.

Thank Douglas N
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October 5, 2017|
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Response from Madan Gopal M | Reviewed this property |
there is no dresscode, it is not a temple but museum
November 5, 2015|
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Response from peberpigen | Reviewed this property |
about 13 km from chiang rai, opposite direction of the white temple. (yin and yang between the artist with chiang rai in the center )
March 9, 2015|
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Response from Darlene47 | Reviewed this property |
Open 0900 hours until 1200 hours then they close for lunch. Reopen at 1300 hours and close for the day at 1700 hours. Washrooms, eatery/snacks and gift shop on premises, no admission fee.