A travelling roadshow comprising an extensive collection of Thai historical artefacts landed in Chiang Mai at the end of last month. The exhibits are housed in five large, refurbished shipping containers and will be open for visits right through until the 31 October. The travelling museum is at Chiang Mai University’s Arts Centre and was brought to the city by the National Discovery Museum Institute (NDMI) near Bangkok.
The collections include period clothes, pictures, photographs, retro radios and a pre-karaoke era jukebox. Thailand’s iconic tuk-tuk makes an appearance in the collections while a mock-up of a vendor and a grill with cooked food on it epitomises scenes seen up and down the country. Large images of trains and characters from Thai folklore, model boats and ships from yesteryear round off the exhibits.
The travelling museum has been christened Muse Mobile. At the first pitstop in Trat, NDMI director Rames Promyen said the mobile museum would allow more people to learn about Thai culture and Thainess. Muse Mobile at the CMU Arts Centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday and between 09:00 and 17:00 for the duration of its residence in Chiang Mai.