Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, Chiang Mai

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As long as creepy, crawly things don't bother you, head to Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders to view a huge array of insects. The collection, gathered by a malaria researcher and an entomologist, includes species like butterflies, giant centipedes, beetles, moths, and the world's largest collection of mosquito species. Scientific explanations and personal research stories accompany the exhibits, and the operators are happy to share knowledge on the subject. Use our Chiang Mai route planning app to visit Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders on your trip to Chiang Mai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is a little gem of a place, its jam packed with loads of species of mozzies, butterflys, moths, insects, fossils, meteorites... Just loads of things! Theres tons of information posted around the ...  more »
  • A visit to a small museum that does not look like much but that chronicles a gigantic work of research and study on the part of a couple of scientists. A very great respect for all that work.
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  • Admission is 200 baht to press a small museum opened its doors. the Bell. 200 baht is really worth every penny; just go try it. .. Do not take a lot of pictures ... A Memorial will be allowed to get a couple for. .. Not big private museums, but admiration is a clause stating that ...
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  • At only 200 baht this was worth a visit. Some of the displays are getting a bit tired and dusty but it was still interesting. Looking at hundreds and hundreds of labelled mosquitoes only holds limited interest for me, but the colourful butterflies and rock displays were good. When we first arrived the gate was locked and we thought it was shut. However when we pushed the buzzer a lady came to open the gate for us. This is a private museum and it is interesting to see the life work of one or two people. Some of the signs have not been translated into English well e.g. Hornet Hive said "Honest Hive" but this type of translation is typical all around Thailand and makes you smile. I think this is a suitable place to take children for an educational visit.
  • Visiting from Canada. This museum was curated by a couple over many years. Professionally they were mosquito experts. There is an enormous amount of knowledge of mosquitos that may even change your perspective on them a bit. In addition to the insects, there are so many beautiful creatures, rocks, shells, fossils, carvings, paintings. The place is both a glimpse into their lives as well as a museum. When it first opened, it was 300 baht to visit. Today it is 200 baht and you can donate if you like. I think the price is more than fair for their sharing a lifetime of experience. We spoke with an older woman for a bit and it wasn't until we went upstairs we realized she may have been one of the experts. She was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. Very enthusiastic showing us around, it was a pleasure to meet her.
  • What a gem ! So much to see and understand here. You need to look with you whole eyes, mind and most of all heart to see what is here. I could spend all day here and not see it all. Works of art and natural wonders. Educational and informative, beautiful and spiritually uplifting and run my ladies who truly care about the place
  • Being a professional entomologist specialising in southeast Asian bugs, I couldn't visit Chiang Mai without checking the place everyone had asked me about. So here we go. This Thai couple dedicated their life studying insects and it shows. The exhibit takes place in their house and displays tens of thousands of specimens of insects, other arthropods and small vertebrates collected or purchased from all over the world over decades. The sheer numbers are impressive for a private collection. But. It appears the place was frozen in time a decade ago. Lots of specimens are in bad state, few have collection data, there's very little information, everything is mixed up, even mixing orders, families, continents. If you're a professional, you'll get upset. If you're an amateur, you won't learn a thing. If you just want to show bugs to your kids, it may work to impress them with giant insects and lots of diversity. While I have a lot of respect for the tens of thousands of hours of work to build the collection, I just can't get over the fact that this is a capharnaüm of specimens and such a missed opportunity to educate people by displaying correct information and sorting specimens according to taxonomy and countries.
  • Amazing and detailed collection put together by the preeminent female entymologist in Thailand. She built up this collection over 60 year period and only collected things in ethical ways (naturally deceased specimens). From Beetles to fossils to giant wasps nests (and I really do mean giant) to mosquitos trapped in large pieces of amber, this is definitely worth the entrance fee. There are detailed info cards on tons of the specimens so there is so much to learn. Great find.
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