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“Good museum to visit, walked there”
Review of Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum
Ranked #88 of 243 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Owner description: An ode to cultural heritage, each Thailand hilltribe is represented via ceremonial costumes, musical instruments and tools.
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Hello

I walked to the museum from the city wall. It took 1 and 15 minute. or take a tuk tuk one way and walk back on the main rode to catch a tuk tuk back into the old city. It was not too hot. Pretty straight forward walk. There is signage as you get closer. The building will be surrounded with trees as you are walking around the restaurants.

The museum is good and free. But I put 20bhat as donations. Starts with a 15minute film about the Hill tribe people. It goes thru the various tribes. Good quality film. The 2nd floor breaks down the tribes with pictures, clothes, tools, opium pipes artifacts etc. There is a lot of detail in the each of the tribes. Then the 3 floor has tribe pictures and electronic gear. Not sure what the gear is doing there. The 4th floor has the King and Queen involvement in the tribe. Goes thru a time period to help the tribes.

There is an outdoor museum as well. Once you leave the driveway, turn left and then another left. Less then 5 min down the road. There is an overhead sign. In the outdoor museum, it has the living conditions and artifacts in the natural habitat.

Backside of building is a lake and around the lake has restaurant.

Good lucks

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

I visited both the Lanna Cultural Center and the Tribal Museum while I was in Chiang Mai and I think the Tribal Museum was far more informative. You start out watching a fifteen minute video that covers some basic facts about the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand. The production values of the video are quite high and the information is easy to understand. From there, you go up to the second floor and make your way through a series of stations that describe each of the tribes in greater depth. Next to each video monitor are some of the artifacts associated with each tribe. The videos are pretty good, though it's obvious that they repeat some of the narration on each one, and after a few of them, it can be hard to keep track of the characteristics of each tribe. A couple of the video stations weren't working, which was disappointing.

The third and fourth floor have almost no english text and don't seem to be geared towards foreign tourists. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.The whole museum takes maybe an hour and a half to two hours to go through. In the past it seems transportation after the museum visit could be iffy, but Chiang Mai has Uber and Grab now, so there's no reason to worry about getting a tuk tuk. Definitely worth seeing, and especially useful for getting a background understanding of the tribe if you plan to go on a trek to one of their villages.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Ryan V
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is no guarantee if you will be able to visit the museum. Also, there are no tuk tuks or taxis there waiting for you.

Try to figure out a way to go though.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank TParker922
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This is not a review but to let other visitors know that it is closed and will open next month. It's out of the way and you'll just get disappointed just like me to arrive there and be told it's closed. Also, make sure you have transpo back as I didn't see any tuk tuk or songthaew nearby.

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank TREKKEARL
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Relatively new building on a peninsula in the middle of a pond. Very pretty outside and for history nerds inside. Though a/c lures very strong. They give you a spare shoes for the museum carpet. If you find old agricultural tools and clothing for your taste you might benefit from visiting. No foto. Donations.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Kate K
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