Dali Municipal Museum

The agricultural toolsLocated at the southern section of the Fuxing Rd in Dali Ancient City, the Dali Municipal Museum covers an area of 21,510 square meters (5.3 acres).

Once named the Marshal Mansion, the Dali Municipal Museum was originally home to Du Wenxiu (1828-1872). Du is well known for leading the Hui ethnic minority revolt against the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) government in 1856. Once Du conquered Dali, he was elected Marshal of the military forces and the original mansion of Yunnan Province was re-named the Marshal Mansion. The battle lasted 18 years. The mansion was destroyed soon after Du's defeat in 1872. It was not until 1884 that the mansion was restored.

After extensive renovations that returned the mansion to its original glory, the mansion finally opened to the public as a museum in 1987. The 360 meters (1,181 feet) high wall once surrounding the mansion can now only be found in the southern section of the estate. The Dali Municipal Museum consists of a front hall, a back hall, Meridian Gates inside the mansion and two floral halls in the southern and northern parts. The mansion also boasts many functional rooms: military-political-affair setup, living rooms, studies, and storerooms.
The costumes of ethnic groups
The Flora Hall (located in the southern part of Dali Municipal Museum) has more than 120 pieces of stone steles carved in different dynasties ranging from Song Dynasty (960-1279) to Qing Dynasty on display. It is reputed as the most influential forest of steles in Yunnan Province. These exhibits provide valuable materials and historical data tracking the development of the local culture in the past dynasties. The Flora Hall (located in the northern part of Dali Municipal Museum) showcases stoneware, crockery, bronze implements, porcelains, and jade articles that were excavated in and around Dali. On display throughout the Dali Municipal Museum are also wood carvings, stone carvings, jade carvings, calligraphies and paintings. The wood caving 'Manjusri Bodhisattva Riding on a Lion' has received recognition worldwide while exhibiting in Japan and Switzerland during the 1990s.

The mansion was listed as a culture relic under provincial protection in 1993. Due to the significance of Du Wenxiu's uprising and his resistance to the control by Qing Dynasty, the mansion was appointed as the Patriotism Education Base in 1998 by the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee and the People's Government of Yunnan Province.

How to get to Dali Municipal Museum

The museum is located in Fuxing Road inside Dali Ancient City. From the ancient city, it can be reached by foot easily.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours Apr. - Oct.: 8:30 - 17:30;
Nov. - Mar.: 9:00 - 17:00;
Closed on Mondays (except on holidays).
- Last updated on Jul. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Dali Municipal Museum
Asked by Willi Suter from SWITZERLAND | Dec. 01, 2019 03:02Reply
Is this museum still at the adress given above?
I tried to find the Dali municipal museum on Google maps. It shows me a film museum. When I entered Dali city museum it led me to the Dali bai autonomous prefecture museum in Xiaguanzhen. Do you know that mueum?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 04, 2019 18:00

Yes, it is located in Dali Ancient City.
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