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Baan Dam Museum

414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Thawan Duchanee (September 27, 1939 - September 3, 2014) was a Thai contemporary painter, architect and sculptor with an international reputation. In 2001, this notable artist was given the price by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand as the National Thai Artist in Fine art and Visual art. Thawan is not only famous for his paintings but also architecture. His architectural masterpiece is Black House. It was the residence for Thawan for the rest of his life. In Thai, 'baan' means home or house and 'dam' means black. The Black House isn't just one structure, but a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes dotted around a peaceful garden. Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan's collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers. There are also various kinds of baskets and drums from many regions and countries on display at Baandam. Not all exhibits are open to public.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed today via mobile

This place houses a collection of ivory and animal skins in poorly replicated temple-style buildings. It gave us the feeling the owner/creator/... has a superiority complex toward the animal kingdom. That's about it... Not worth the money by a long shot! 80 baht income fee...More

Thank Sam H
Reviewed yesterday

This place is well worth journey. It is about a 30minute ride on a scooter from the centre on Chiang Rai along a motor way road. When we got here we didn't quite realise the scale of the place. There is a main temple-like building...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed yesterday

You probably need an hour or so here depending on your interest. Everything here was the vision of one man who had many helpers to build his creations. It’s fascinating to see that one guy could envision all of this. Worth to see and explore...More

Thank CrunchyMonkey
Reviewed 4 days ago

A rather huge area with many small huts of display for photo-taking. Visit if only you've a lot of time to spare. It is almost equivalent to strolling in a park.

Thank Christina C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have ambivalent feelings about this museum. On one side the buildings and the wood carvings are pretty amazing and at times stunning. On the other hand, the artist had a passion to collect dead animals. Expect to see endless bones, skeletons and skin rugs...More

Thank Mirko G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not easy to approche this garden without proper art education. However those who see will love this unique museum. All wood carvings are just amazing. The quality of each piece is defiantly unique. This true artiste gave his life to his vision of life,...More

Thank Leander F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For other is good place for me , I'm not that much impress this place . They keep dead animal head around the house .

Thank mick947
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place you can see the many pieces of art from the one of the most famous artist in Thailand. All houses in this museum are in black colors including. And you can see amazing wood craving.

Thank Tip I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This open air musuem it's something you won't find anywhere else in Thailand. It belongs to a knonw modern artist, and if you have spare time in Chiang Rai it's worthy a visit.

Thank MarinaF73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked the "black" museum. Very eccentric place with extensive collection on deer skulls, hunting rifles and sculptures.

Thank packtolife
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6 November 2015|
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Response from peberpigen | Reviewed this property |
about 13 km from chiang rai, opposite direction of the white temple. (yin and yang between the artist with chiang rai in the center )
9 March 2015|
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Response from Darlene47 | Reviewed this property |
Open 0900 hours until 1200 hours then they close for lunch. Reopen at 1300 hours and close for the day at 1700 hours. Washrooms, eatery/snacks and gift shop on premises, no admission fee.