Nan National Museum

Nan National Museum

An excellent museum

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Originally the site of the palace of Lord Phrachao Suriyaphong Pharidet, last ruler of Nan, the spot was converted to fill the role of first town hall of Nan upon its assimilation into the kingdom of Siam in 1932.
Travelfish says:

In 1974, even though the town was still officially off limits to visitors, it realised its current incarnation as the Nan National Museum. It is an attractive building and indeed the two floors of interior displays are better than most provincial museums.

As of late 2015 when we passed through a complete makeover was in progress so we’re not sure how the final layout will appear, but last time we visited the ground floor concentrated on local ethnic groups: Tai Lue, H’tin, Khamu, Yao and Hmong culture and handicrafts, while the second storey housed archaeological and historical finds dating right back to Neolithic times, through its independent city state period, up until Nan’s incorporation into Siam. Its prize possession and something of a Nan icon is an ancient, nearly metre long, black elephant tusk, which used to belong to one of the city’s earliest rulers. According to signs outside the museum is due to re-open, in theory, in February 2016. (Staff at Nan Guesthouse reckoned it will be more like September though.)

Contact details for Nan National Museum

Address: Phakong Rd, opposite Wat Phrathat Chang Kham, Nan
T: (054) 710 561;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º46'16.98" E, 18º46'36.53" N
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Admission: 100 baht for foreigners

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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Wat Phra That Khao Noi

An iconic viewpoint

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Wat Phumin

Famous for its murals

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Wat Phra That Chae Haeng

Revered hilltop wat

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Nan Riverside Art Gallery

An interesting stop

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Sao Din Na Noi

Eroded sandstone pillars

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Wat Hua Khuang

Simple but photogenic

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Wat Phra That Chang Kham

The elephant temple