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. It combines ancient Dali architectural styles and Bai architectural styles. 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.
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. Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum itself is a great architectural work of art of the Bai ethnic minority. It is indeed worth visiting when traveling in Dali.
Dali City has a history of more than 4,000 years. Nanzhao Kingdom (738-902) and Dali Kingdom (937-1253) were set up successively in Dali. Thus the museum has great cultural relics. Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum is a compilation of Dali history, through which you can appreciate the charms of the historical civilizations in Dali.
Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum is the first Autonomous Prefecture Museum in Yunnan Province.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. 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 exhibitions have deep cultural connotations.