A 51-year-old man has opened a Mickey Mouse museum in his hometown in the northern province of Lamphun with more than 5,000 items on display.
Some of his most cherished items are photos of Their Majesties King Rama VIII and IX taking photos with the world-famous Disney character, Naren Panyapu said.
He said he has loved Mickey Mouse since he was very young. He started off with about two dolls but the number grew as friends learned about his affection for the big-eared mouse and gave him various items as gifts.
“Some in the items in the museum are rare as there are only a small number of them remaining in the world, and I got them for my collection,” he said.
As well as local people, visitors to the museum in Naren’s house come from other provinces such as Chang Rai, Lampang, Phrae, Nan and Chiang Mai.
The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day, and is usually crowded on weekends and holidays. It is also open for meetings of young people on Sundays, he said. Naren said he also welcomed donations.