Soochow University Museum
Soochow University Museum is affiliated to Soochow University.
The museum was founded in March 2007, and it was officially opened in May 10, 2010, to showcase the century-long history of the University and to maintain the protection of the cultural heritage. The museum is member of The National Education Alliance Of University And College Museums and Chinese Museums Association Institutional.It is also a standing member of Committee Of University And College Museums,which is under the leadership of Chinese Museums Association.
The museum features relics displaying the century-long historical development of the University; these relics also exhibit the development of modern Chinese higher education and service as a microcosm of the history of the entire Chinese higher education. The museum also presents relics that illustrate the local Wu Culture and that facilitate the development of arts and social sciences for Soochow University. In addition, the museum organizes distinctive and specialized temporary exhibitions to expand its influence.
The museum was built on the original site of Smart Gymnasium of the former Soochow University. It consists of three parts. The Front Hall is the original site of Smart Gymnasium. This section is renovated to maintain the original appearance and structure of the stadium, and it is home to temporary exhibitions. The Rear Hall is expanded on the former Madrid Swimming Pool, and it consists of the ground floor and a three-level building. It is home to permanent exhibits, and contains the theme exhibitions including "The University History Hall", "The Art and Calligraphy Hall","The Antiques and Relics Hall", "Dong Wu Epigraphs and Inscriptions Hall", "Blue-White World Hall". In addition, the office area constitutes the third main part of the museum, with a total area of 6,000 square meters.
There are currently over three thousand pieces of relics, including historical relics of the University, calligraphy, paintings, inscriptions, stones, ceramics, porcelain, bronze, silver, jade, coins, wood carvings, clothes and other categories; these relics cover a wide range of varieties in distinctive features.