Major humanities and social sciences research facilities

The University of Sydney has extensive state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities, these include the:

Archaeology Computing Lab

Archaeology Computing Lab

The Archaeology Computing Lab (ACL) is housed in the Madsen Building on the Camperdown Campus. It specialises in three dimensional reconstructions of archaeological sites, computer-based mapping of historical data, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS).

The ACL is also responsible for the creation of the TimeMap® software, which records and indexes humanities data with spatial and temporal components.

University Art Gallery

University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery contains a multitude of artworks including easel paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and decorative arts.

Location War Memorial Arch, Main Quadrangle
Open: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, plus first Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.
Phone: (02) 9351 6883

CoCo’s research laboratory

CoCo lab

CoCo's Advanced Learning Environments research laboratory established in 2003 to be a "Digitally amplified lab/design studio". Research involves instructional media and web design, and the use of wireless and sensor-based devices for learning.

Phone: (02) 9351 2612
Fax: (02) 9036 5205


PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) is an audio archiving research facility located in the School of Society, Culture and Performance at the University of Sydney. It is a collaborative facility established in 2003 by the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and ANU, joined in 2004 by the University of New England. Its purpose is to preserve and make accessible field recordings of endangered languages and musics from the area around Australia.

Contacts: PARADISEC Contact Us page

The Macleay Museum

The Macleay Museum is a natural history and ethnographic museum with a collection which includes:

  • insects,
  • mammals,
  • birds
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Melanesian artefacts,
  • historic scientific instruments,
  • historic photographs, most of which relate in some way to the history of the University and the history of Science.

Location: Macleay Building, A12, Gosper Lane off Science Road.
Open: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, first Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Closed Public Holidays.
Phone: (02) 9351 2274

The Nicholson Museum

Exhibit A: part of the ancient Southern Italian pottery.

Founded in 1860, the Nicholson Museum is home to the largest collection of antiquities in Australia. The museum houses artefacts from ancient Greece, Italy, Egypt, Cyprus and the Near East.

Location: Quadrangle (southern end)
Open: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, first Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Phone: (02) 9351 2812

The Tin Sheds Gallery

The Tin Sheds Gallery has been the site of many notable art events and exhibitions over the 20 years since its inception and the home of some key art movements. Exhibitions are advertised in Art Almanac which is available at newsagents. There is a continual round of exhibitions and other events at the Sheds in which students, artists and members of the general public are encouraged to participate.

Location: 154 City Rd
Phone: (02) 9351 3115
Open: Exhibitions open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.