Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum

costume of local ethinic nationalities
Costume of Dali Ethinic Groups
The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum is near the Erhai Dock, located in the east of Erhai South Road in Xiaguan Town of Dali City, Yunnan Province. It was built in 1986, and has a total area of 50 mu (about 8 acres). It is really a garden Museum with strong local ethnic minority's characteristics. The museum is also the central institution where the government of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture conducts cultural relic research, excavations, collecting, exhibiting and so on.

The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum has delightful surroundings. Its exhibition hall shows the clear domestic house architectural style of Bai: 'Three rooms and one wall screening, four joints and five courtyards'. The layout of the museum adopts symmetric forms. All of its constructions seem to be one integrated mass, reflected in the surrounding pines and cypress. The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum itself is a great architectural work of art of the Bai ethnic minority. It is indeed worth visiting.

Dali City has a history of more than 4,000 years. Nanzhao Kingdom (738-902) and Dali Kingdom (937-1253) were set up successively. Thus the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum has great cultural relics. It is a compilation of the area's history, through which you can appreciate the charms of the local historical civilizations.
musical instrument of local ethinic group
Musical instrument of Local Daben Ballad

It  is the first Autonomous Prefecture Museum in Yunnan Province. Although established only 20 years ago, it already has amassed a considerable collection. It holds more than 7,000 sub-collections including historical, ethical, revolutionary and cultural relics, fine marbles and other materials. Among these are many items found nowhere else in the world but this museum. These include a Bronze Drum, Serial Bells, etc. from the time of the Warring States (476BC-221BC); the Earthenware House and the Earthenware Horses from the Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) to the Jin Dynasty (265-420); Buddhist Maitreya's Pictures made of different materials, fine natural marble pictures like 'A Peacock in his Pride'.

The Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom historical relics and the ethnic relics of Bai are the most important exhibitions. The art of bronze and ceramic sculptures are the mainstay. Dali Autonomous Prefecture Museum is a local synthetic museum. It has twelve main exhibition halls.

Eight of these exhibit year-round, including 'Bronzes Cultural Relics Exhibition Hall', 'Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom Stone Carving Arts Exhibition Hall', 'Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom Painting Arts Exhibition Hall', 'Chinaware Exhibition Hall', 'Fine Marble Exhibition Hall', 'Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom Cultural Relics Exhibition Hall', 'Bai Folk-custom Exhibition Hall', 'Dali Modern Revolutionary Historical Sites Relics Exhibition Hall', etc. The exhibitions have deep cultural connotations. The first five exhibition halls fully show the foundry, construction, sculpture, and painting achievement of the Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms.
A model of the Bai people
Old texitle machine made by Bai people
The next two show the local people's unique ancient life style and production systems, and their ancient arts and customs. The last mainly shows the revolutionary story of the patriots in historical sites where the Red Army passed by here during their Long March (Changzheng, the strategic shift of the Red Army of China in 1934–1936).

Note: The best time to visit is from March to June. In this period, March Celebration Activities are held and the camellias are blossoming. The climate is also very comfortable.

How to get to Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum

1. Take bus 6 or 11 to Lihoushan Cun.
2. Take bus 23 to Xingsheng Daqiao Nan.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours 9:00 - 17:00 (no entering after 16:20)
- Last updated on Dec. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum
Asked by Willi Suter from SWITZERLAND | Dec. 01, 2019 04:12Reply
Is the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum open on Mondays?
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Answered by Tina from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 04, 2019 18:03

Yes, it is open to the public from 9:00-17:00 all year round.
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