The Hilltribe Institute Museum
The Hilltribe Institute museum was found by The Hilltribe Research Institute, Department of Public Welfare and Department of Employment and Social Welfares. The Institute Museum is a small museum which offers exhibits concerning the lives and cultures of ten Hilltribe peoples in Thailand; the Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Yao, Hmong, Karen, Lua, Khamu, and H’tin. Also included are a non-hilltribe ethnic minority, the Mlabri, associated by some with the ‘spirit of the yellow leaves. The Mlabri population has dwindled to a few individuals at present. After the region’s cultures and economics have changed, these hilltribes have to adapt themselves into a major social. Accordingly, the founder team established this museum to increase the knowledge of the social concerning the customs, varied cultures, and local wisdom of the different hilltribe peoples. The daily lives of the various Hilltribe peoples are illustrated through exhibits of photographs, agricultural implements, household utensils, artifacts associated with the various traditional religions, musical instruments, and ethnic costumes.The museum is located in the area of Lanna Garden Rama IX, Chotana Road, Mae Rim, Tumbol Chang Phuek, Amphoe Mueng. It is not far from Chiang Mai National Museum. For those who are interested in hilltribe cultures should pay a visit. It takes around half a day to explore both museums. There are also some art works and handcrafts made by hilltribe available at the museum. At present the museum is open on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information please contact 0 5321 0872, 0 5322 1933.