Located just a few steps from Wat Phumin in a former palace that was once the home of Nan leaders, the Nan National Museum presents exhibitions in Thai and English explaining the various local festivals and events, including Nan boat races.
The palace housing the museum, originally built in 1903, was given to the government in 1931 as a city hall. It was only in 1973 that the current museum were installed there. You can also visit the beautiful teak house of the king, built in 1866 and renovated in 1941. Nan museum is interesting for its antiques such as ancient weapons, ivory war elephant and portraits of King Rama V.