Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum

Dali Ancient Town
The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum locates 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 about 8 acres. Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum is the first Autonomous Prefecture Museum in Yunnan Province. The architectural style of the museum combines ancient Dali and Bai together. It is a garden Museum with strong local ethnic minority's characteristics, which is also the central institution where the government of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum conducts cultural relic research, excavation, collection, exhibiting and so on.
From the surrounding pines and cypress, we can learn that the Museum adopts symmetric forms of layout. All of its constructions seem to be an integrated mass. The museum’s exhibition hall shows the clear domestic house architectural style of Bai: "Three rooms and one wall screening, four joints and five courtyards". The museum itself is a great architectural work of art of the Bai ethnic minority which indeed worth visiting when traveling in Dali.
Besides the characteristic architecture, we can also see many culture relics in the museum. Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum is a compilation of Dali history, through which you can appreciate the charms of the historical civilizations in Dali.
The Museum 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 most important exhibitions in the museum are the Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom historical relics and the ethnic relics of Bai. In the exhibitions, we can enjoy the art of bronze and ceramic sculptures.
The Museum has amassed a considerable collection. Till now, it holds more than 7,000 sub-collections including historical, ethnical, revolutionary and cultural relics, fine marbles and other materials. These include a Dali Bronze Drum, Serial Bells, etc. From the time of the Warring States (476-221 BC); the Earthenware House and the Earthenware Houses from the Western Han (206NC-24AD) to the Jin Dynasty (265-420); Buddhist Mastery's Pictures made of different materials, fine natural marble pictures like "A Peacock in his Pride" from the Nanzhao Kingdom and the Dali Kingdom.

Opening Hours: 8:00-11:30, 14:00-17:30
Admission Fee: CNY 10

Located at the southern section of the Fuxing Lu in Dali City, the Dali Municipal Museum covers an area of 21,510 square meters (5.3 acres).
Its original name was Marshal Mansion, the home of Du Wenxiu. Du is well known for leading the Hui ethnic minority revolt against the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) 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 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 (1181 feet) high wall once surrounding the mansion can now only be found in the southern section of the estate. The 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 Flora Hall (located in the southern part of the 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 the museum) showcases stoneware, crockery, bronze implements, porcelains, and jade articles that were excavated in and around Dali. On display throughout the 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.
Opening Hours: 8:00-11:30, 14:00-17:30
Admission Fee: CNY 10