Museum Introduction

        Yunnan Nationalities Museum, situated in the beautiful Kunming Dianchi National Tourist Resort, covers an area of 133,300 square metres. Open to the public with a gross floor area of 30,000 square metres, the whole complex is shaped like a cloistered courtyard. As a standing council unit of the Museums Association of China and a member of the Southwest China Museum Association, it is rated as a national first-class museum, the largest nationalities museum in China and a famous museum in Asia. Since its inception, it has been successively awarded the titles of “National Popular Science Education Base”, “National Unity and Progress Education Base”, “Yunnan Patriotism Education Base” and “Provincial Civilized Unit”. It is not only acting as a teaching, research and practice bases of nearly 40 primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary institutions but serving as an important place for the ethnic compatriots to celebrate their own festivals in Kunming as well. The museum staff team consists of 83 persons from 18 ethnic groups, including 21 senior museological title holders.

        Yunnan Nationalities Museum, committed to conserving and promoting ethnic cultures, now houses more than 40,000 sets (pieces) of cultural relics of certain historical, scientific and artistic value, including the most complete collection of ethnic costumes and accessories in China. Its basic exhibits cover ethnic clothing and tailoring, ancient books in the writing systems of ethnic minorities, traditional production and living technologies, ethnic musical instruments, ethnic folk masks, folk eave ends, ethnic folk fine arts and ethnic folk pottery, which are open to visitors all the year round.






        In the past 17 years since its establishment, Yunnan Nationalities Museum has been actively exploring cultural exchanges with museum peers both at home and abroad. To date, it has staged more than 80 thematic exhibitions in foreign countries like France, Finland, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the United States, Japan, and Russia and other regions of China like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Xi’an , Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nanning, Hefei, Taiyuan, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Hohhot and Erdos, all of which have aroused strong responses. It has successfully organised over 10 international conferences and completed more than 20 domestic and international projects; it has established a sound cooperative relationship with the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Folklore Society, the Japan Soka Association, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other international organizations; it is a sister museum of the Xiamen Overseas Chinese Museum; it is maintaining a long-term partnership with the National Folk Museum of South Korea, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the US-China Arts Exchange Center, the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Michigan Museum and the cooperation involves frequent exchanges of exhibitions and scholars. In addition, the Yunnan Nationalities Museum joined hands with a large number of local artists in Yunnan to start the Haigeng Artist Base, where various art exhibitions and lectures have been organised to promote the contemporary ethnic cultures and arts.




        Yunnan Nationalities Museum, not only a public cultural venue and but also an elegant tourist attraction, brings you aesthetic pleasure as well as profound insights.

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