Blast from the Past: Best Museums in Dalian

Blast from the Past: Best Museums in Dalian

Dalian has a rich cultural heritage and the best way of appreciating this is by visiting one of the city’s many museums. Whether it is the area’s natural, artistic, social or cultural history you are interested in, there’s something for every visitor in Dalian’s museums.

Dalian Modern Museum is the place to go for a look at the city’s recent urban developments. The first museum named “modern” in China, the museum shows Dalian’s modern history and future through cutting edge exhibition technologies. Though the museum covers a massive expanse of 21,600 square metres, it is possible to learn about Dalian’s past, present and future in just one day.

Dalian Modern Museum 大连现代博物馆View In Map
Add: 4 F building beside the Xinghai Convention & Exhibition Centre, 10 Huizhan Lu, Shahekou Distirct, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8480 0188; 8480 1025
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: RMB 30 for adults; RMB 15 for students
Getting there: Take bus no. 16, 22, 23, 202, 406, 801, K901 Bus

Dalian Natural History Museum is a great choice for those interested in ancient dinosaur fossils and for an introduction into the bustling sea life around Dalian. Occupying an area of 5,100 square metres, the museum exhibits over 50,000 items, many of which are considered world precious. Besides the marine and plant exhibits, the museum also has an extensive insect display (not for those with insect phobias) and a selection of rock mineral samples from Germany, Japan, Soviet Union and Korea.

Dalian Natural History Museum 大连自然博物馆View In Map
Add: 40 Xicun Jie, Heishijiao, Shahekou District, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8467 8900
Opening hrs: 9:00-16:30
Admission: Free admission but need to make reservation 3-20 days ahead
Getting there: take bus no. 23, 28, 202,406, 801

Housed in a beautiful German designed building and constructed by Russians in 1902, Dalian Art Exhibition Museum features an extensive display of Chinese art, such as paintings, calligraphy, wood carvings, stone carvings and more. Equipped with three exhibition halls and two galleries, Dalian Art Exhibition is the best place to view Chinese art in an elegant, historic interior.

Dalian Art Exhibition Museum 大连艺术展览馆View In Map
Add: 35 Shengli Jie, Xigang District, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8254 0584
Opening hours: 09:00-16:30
Admission: RMB 10 for adults; RMB 5 for Kid.




Built in 1917, Lushun Museum houses 30,000 cultural relics of ancient and modern times, some of the most fascinating being the nine mummies unearthed in Xinjiang which are believed to have lived over 1300 years ago. Other cultural relics on display include laquer ware, pottery handicrafts, calligraphy, paintings and Buddhist art works. The exhibition features national treasures from all across the country, but it also boasts an extensive selection of local relics. The most notable of these include artifacts unearthed in Muyang city which date back to the Han Dynasty (220 B.C. to 206 B.C.). Another must-see item in the museum and also one of the most precious of the bunch are the “double dragon basins” from the Song Dynasty, a basin that creates ripples on the water’s surface as well as vibrating sounds when one rubs its handles.

Lushun Museum 旅顺博物馆View In Map
Add: 42 Liening Jie, Lushunkou District, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8638 3334, 0411 8638 3006
Opening hours: 9:00-15:30 closed on Monday
Admission: RMB 20 for the main hall and RMB 15 for the branch hall.

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