Mae Hong Son Living Museum is an inspired collaboration between Chiang Mai University, Mae Hong Municipality and other private and public organisations, funded by the Thailand Research Fund. It is a model of city planning which seeks to balance urban development with the active preservation of living culture.
The research team conducted in depth research into living culture, local food, dress, ethnicity and other issues, focusing in the municipal area, working with local market vendors, small shop owners and local families living in some of Mae Hong Son’s best preserved, classic wooded shop-houses.
The results included restoring historic buildings and creating interpretive maps of Mae Hong Son’s historic streets, in particular the area around Singhanart Bamrung Road.
The living museum has a permanent two floor exhibition in the old Royal Treasury Office building on Singhanart Bamrung Road, which acts as a source of information about local life and culture and the venue for various interesting events and exhibitions.
The center houses evocative photos of Mae Hong Son in the past, and is well worth a visit.