The Dongxiang Museum building is exact replica of dwelling in Dongxiang Autonomous County in Gansu province. It waw built in July 2007 in accordance with the customs and cultural characteristics of the ethnic. The building covers an area of 200 square meters and the building area is 118 square meters. The layout of the building is courtyard style.
The Dongxiang Museum was built lie of the mountains and set east to west into the L-shaped. The main house is located at east and the the rooms of side wings are located at south. There is a wide corridor in front of the main house. The house was built with rubbly foundation, brick walls. The corridor columns are supported by stone bases. The columns and beams are all fixed with mortises. Cornice, the end of the beams and wooden windows are carved with pattern which are simple and beautiful.
There are three rooms in the main house and the living room is located in the middle. There are tables and chairs in the main room which is used to receive guests. The Kangs, the bed with heating system, were set on the north and south side of the room. The kang on north side is reserved for the couple and the kang on south side are reserved for elders and children. Cabinet or low table are placed beside the east wall on the kang. People may sitting cross-legged on the kang, dining or doing their house work on the table. The water tank is located in front of wall on the corridor where is easy to take to wash with.
The rooms on both wings are used as food storage or home workshop. Kitchen is built in the the south end of the main house with light well for lighting and ventilation. There sheds located at north end of main building to feed livestock, keep firewood or store utensils.
The exhbits in Dongxiang museum are live settings of a household. The farming tools, food cabinets, bins and daily groceries are collected from local.