Anhui Museum was founded on November 14, 1956. Its Chinese name was renamed Anhui Museum on December 28, 2010.
On September 17, 1958, Chairman Mao Zedong made an inspection of Anhui Museum and instructed that the main cities of a province should have such a museum and it was important to let people know their own history and power of creation. His instruction not only praised Anhui Museum and the cultural relics conservation of Anhui Province but also pointed the development direction of museums in New China. Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping, Li Xiannian, Ye Jianying, Peng Dehuai, Chen Yi and other former leaders of the CPC and the PRC successively visited Anhui museum and Chen Yi also gave his superscription of the museum name to Anhui Museum.
Anhui Museum now has two sites. The old one is located in No. 268, Anqing Road, Hefei. The exhibition building imitated Soviet architecture style and was listed as the major sites to be protected at the national level in 2013. The basic exhibitions in the old site are Anhui Revolution History Exhibition, Anhui Paleontological Fossils Exhibition and Anhui Noble Persons Exhibition. The new site is located in No. 87, Huaining Road, Hefei. The style of exhibition building is typical of Huizhou architecture with features of five directions connected and raining water from four directions flowing into the central hall of yard. On September 29, 2011, the new site was completed and opened to the public, with one basic exhibition－Anhui Civilization History Exhibition and four special exhibitions－Huizhou Ancient Architecture, Four Treasures of the Study in Anhui, Anhui Treasures Exhibition and Ouhaonian’s Painting Exhibition. The two sites also hold special exhibitions every year to fulfill cultural needs of different visitors.
The Anhui Museum now has a collection of almost 220,000 cultural relics including many distinctive categories, such as bronze ware of Shang and Zhou Dynasty, stone relief of Han Dynasty, ancient China, gold and silver ware of Song and Yuan Dynasty, four treasures of the study, calligraphy and paintings of Ming and Qing Dynasty, carvings of Huizhou, ancient books, contract documents, modern cultural relics and Pan Yuliang’s works, etc. Anhui Museum has strong technological strength in mounting and repair ancient and old calligraphy and paintings, restoring bronze ware, inscription conservation and rubbing making. We also has technological strength in conservation of lacquers and wood artifacts, conservation of paintings and preventive protection of cultural relics.
Since the establishment of Anhui Museum, it regards cultural relics as foundation, exhibitions as platform, historic relics conservation and scientific research as driving force, publicity and education as safeguard. Anhui Museum has ranked among the national first-class museums and was awarded as national patriotism education site, national key conservation unit of ancient books, national technology education site etc. Huizhou Ancient Architecture, Anhui History Culture Exhibition and Huizhou Traditional Culture Exhibition was honored as The 7th , 10th and 13th Top Ten Excellent Exhibitions of National Museums.
Now, Anhui Museum is not only the place of cultural relics collection, conservation and exhibition, but also develop various functions of modern museum. Thousands of cultural creativity products make it possible for the public to bring museum home. Seminars and lectures held by Anhui Museum provide opportunities for the visitors to understand museum culture. Visitors can enjoy the collections of Anhui Museum through official website, App, Weibo account and Weixin account.
To make history near , to make civilization close, to make culture approaching. Anhui Museum focuses on its journey of innovation and exploration to build a common spiritual homeland for humanity.