Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum

Chiang Mai

Located on the 'handicraft highway' between Chiang Mai and San Kamphaeng, this museum showcases the only standalone collection of Thai and Southeast Asian contemporary art in the country. The small but innovative museum is housed in a converted warehouse and brings a sense of urban sophistication to Chiang Mai's rather rural setting. It also contains a restaurant and small gift shop.

Featuring the private collection of one family along with temporary exhibitions, the Maiiam shows a different side to Thai art than the readily reproduced traditional woodcarvings, temple paintings and historic handicrafts.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chiang Mai attractions

1. Wiang Kum Kam

6.06 MILES

The first attempt at founding a city on the banks of Mae Ping, Wiang Kum Kam served as the Lanna capital for 10 years from 1286, but the city was…

2. Iron Bridge

6.12 MILES

This picturesque steel bridge looks old but is actually a modern creation, built as a homage to the old Nawarat Bridge, which was demolished in the 1970s…

3. First Church

6.15 MILES

The weatherboard First Church was built in classic American style in 1868 by the Laos Mission from North Carolina.

4. Nawarat Bridge

6.21 MILES

One of the main bridges across Mae Ping, which was first constructed in 1906 and has since been rebuilt (twice).

5. Art in Paradise

6.31 MILES

Just a whole lot of fun, this museum has a range of 3D optical-illusion art displays, from cliff faces and movie sets to a levitation room and a magic…

8. Matsayit Ban Haw

6.38 MILES

A remnant from when Chiang Mai was a detour on the Silk Road, the largest Thai-Muslim mosque in the city is attended by a small, prosperous community of…