Yunnan Provincial Museum

Yunnan Provincial Museum is located in the east section of Guangfu Road in Guandu District. As a comprehensive museum, it has rich collections of more than 200,000 pieces. For tourists, the museum can help them to know Yunnan's history and the rich ethnic culture; for history lovers, its rich collections give them the opportunity to better understand Yunnan and the ancient Dian Kingdom's (278 - 115BC) historical features as well as bronze culture.

The relics in Yunnan Provincial Museum mainly include bronze vessels, Buddhism relics, cultural relics of local ethnic minorities, art works, calligraphies and paintings, and porcelains, etc. Among them, the gilding Knight-shaped shell-containers unearthed in Jinning Shizhai Mountain, Tiger and Ox shaped bronze case unearthed in Lijia Mountain, the Golden Kwanyin Statue from Dali Kingdom, golden tuinga with jewels of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644AD), and the ‘Travel in Xishan Mountain’ painted by Guoxi in the Earlier Song Dynasty (960 - 1127AD) as well as some others are regarded as national treasures.
Buddhist Statue  in Yunnan Province Museum
Buddhist Statue in the Museum
Here are some of the major exhibitions:

Bronze Vessels of the Dian Kingdom

Bronze vessels here maintain a high artistic level and have rich social & cultural meanings. The related collections mainly include Bronze Oxhead Ornaments, Chime of the King of the Dian Kingdom, Bronze Lantern with Three Branches, Gilding Horsewoman Ornaments, Ox-shaped Bronze Reed-pipes, etc. Those bronze vessels reveal people’s daily lives of that time period vividly.

Buddhism Relics

Yunnan is a place that Buddhism shines everywhere. Numbers of Buddhism relics have been inherited from history and preserved in the Yunnan Provincial Museum. The representative collections include a Golden Kwanyin Statue unearthed in Dali and a Five-colored Model Dagoba.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Yunnan is a province that inhabited by many minority nationalities which have different life styles and habits, and whose culture is very colorful. Yunnan Provincial Museum exhibits rich intangible cultural heritages of the local ethnic minorities such as manual dyeing, batik, metal crafts and handmade Pu'er tea.


Bronze Drum
Bronze Drum
In addition to the bronze vessels, metal crafts showed in the Yunnan Provincial Museum include gold vessels and silver vessels, all of which came from the Han (202BC - 220AD) and Ming Dynasty. Those came from the Han Dynasty are mostly golden decorations, such as golden earrings inlaid with jewels, and the golden tuinga. Silver vessels are mostly from the local minorities. Each exhibition reflects different cultural backgrounds and different understandings of beauty.

Jewelry and Jade Articles

They mainly include jade, amber, carnelian and crystal. Most of the selected items are made from superb material and by excellent carving. Among them, the most distinctive collection is jade articles of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD), including a blue jade Bitian (a tool used to wipe writing brush), and Jadite Bed-curtain Hook. They are made of exquisite workmanship, which fully indicate the wisdom of the ancient Chinese.

Carving Craft

There are about ten pieces of carving crafts of different shapes in Yunnan Provincial Museum, which are made from different material like bamboo, wood, ivory, stone, horn, bone, etc. Among them, the Ivory Carving of Cursive Wall Hangings is the highlight; with a height of 198 cm (6.5 feet) and a width of 58 cm (2 feet), all of the twelve paintings are painted by famous Yunnan local sculptors.

How to get to Yunnan Provincial Museum

1. Take bus no. 169, 252, 261, A12, or D28 to Xin Bao Xiang He Qiao, and then walk northeast to get across a river to find the north gate of the museum in 5 minutes.
2. Take bus no. 31, 185, 186, 252, 253, 255, 261, C85, C143, or K15, and get off at Puzi Village, and then walk northwest for about 7 minutes to get to the east gate of the museum.
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Entrance Fee Free (no reservation is required in advance)
Opening Hours 9:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Recommended Time for a Visit Two hours

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- Last updated on Aug. 10, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yunnan Provincial Museum
Asked by ADIEL STERNBERG from ISRAEL | Apr. 10, 2018 16:19Reply
how far to walk/get from yunnan museum to flower birds market?
Answers (1)
Answered by James from GERMANY | Apr. 10, 2018 22:14

So you are in Guandu Flowers and Birds Market near the museum?
If so, it’s about 2km and you may walk 20mins southwest along Erji Rd and then turn left for 10 more minutes’ walk to get there.
Asked by Mike from THAILAND | Nov. 27, 2017 01:30Reply
How to going to Yunnan Provincial Museum from West Bus station by Bus or subway?
Many Thanks
Answers (7)
Answered by Ellen from DENMARK | Nov. 27, 2017 21:39

Bus no. 908 will do. You can take it outside the West Bus Station and get off at Guandu Ancient Town (Guangfu Road). Then walk 3-5min to the museum.
Answered by Mike from THAILAND | Nov. 29, 2017 22:25

Sorry, What kind of bus no.908

Cuz , it's not appear on bus table
Answered by Ellen from DENMARK | Nov. 30, 2017 00:06

It is city bus no. 908 which can be easily found outside the west bus station on Kunzhou Road.
Answered by Mike from THAILAND | Nov. 30, 2017 03:31

As you inform ,

I find the bus no.908 at Bus search.I saw that the bus no.908 is start at West Passenger Station (Ma Jie).

According West Passenger Station (Ma Jie) is same destination with West bus station (Xi bu) or not ?

Appreciate in your help.
Answered by Ellen from DENMARK | Nov. 30, 2017 19:06

Yes, they are the same. Wish you a smooth trip!
Answered by Mike from THAILAND | Dec. 04, 2017 02:16

For the last question ,

What is the attraction around Museum ??

So, Can you arrange One day trip for me ?

If I start at Yunnan Museum and get back to West Bus Station
Answered by Ellen | Dec. 04, 2017 19:19

Around the museum, you can also visit Guandu Ancient Twon, about 500 meters northeast to the museum, and Beilin Museum, about 1km northeast. Besides, you can also walk northwest for 1km to Yinhan Cherry Blossom Park.
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