Museum collections


Macleay Museum


Scientific instruments

More than 2000 objects, primarily from the chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, zoology departments and the Sydney Teachers’ College.

Natural history collections

Includes collections of insects, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusc shells, crustacea and marine invertebrates.

Historic photographs

Photographs documenting life in Australia and the Pacific region from the late 1840s to the 1960s.


Ethnography

Close to 6000 cultural objects from all continents of the globe, representing numerous cultures.

Nicholson Museum


Cypriot collection

Consisting of over 2000 Cypriot artefacts from the Neolithic to the Medieval periods, including an important corpus of Bronze Age ceramics discovered in a series of cemetery excavations of the 1930s and the 1950s.

Egyptian collection

The largest and most important collection of Egyptian artefacts in Australia including mummies, monumental sculpture, magical amulets, papyrus inscriptions and thousands of ceramics from everyday life.

Greek collection

Sculptural works, ceramics, bronzes and glass artefacts representative of the material cultures of the Greek mainland, islands and surrounding Mediterranean regions dating from the Bronze Age through to the Hellenistic period.

Italian collections

Artistic and archaeologically significant objects representative of the ancient cultures of Italy including the Romans, the Etruscans, and the Southern Italians and their Magna Graecian neighbours.

Near Eastern collection

Artefacts from the great cities and civilisations that flourished along the Levantine coast, across Mesopotamia and through to modern day Pakistan and India.

University Art Gallery


Aboriginal art

The aim of this collection is to add to the representation of contemporary and historically significant art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Heat by Christian Bumbarra Thompson, UA2011.81

Australian art

The Australian collection represents the development of art from colonial times to the present day.
Still life by Grace Cossington Smith, UA1985.8

European art

Includes works by Giovanni Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Georges Roualt, Joan Miro, and Marc Chagall.
Adam and Eve attributed to Michiel Coxcie, the elder, UA1865.3

East Asian art

Featuring contemporary Chinese prints, 19th century Japanese wood block prints, and a historical collection of East Asian ceramics.
Woodcut print by Kitagawa Utamaro, UA2012.533