The Nicholson Museum is home to the largest collection of antiquities in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Our gallery is located in the historic Main Quadrangle at the University of Sydney. Admission is free. All are welcome.
The museum was founded in 1860 by Sir Charles Nicholson, (Chancellor 1854-1862), with a significant donation from his private collection of artefacts and curiosities. Since this time the collection has been expanded though donations, bequests and archaeological excavations led by Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Sir Flinders Petrie, James Stewart to name but a few. There are great stories to be told and fascinating histories to be relived. From the intriguing to the macabre, Australia's oldest University museum gives a fascinating insight into the daily lives of past civilisations and into the minds of the archaeologists, collectors and curators who have made it all possible.
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Full details on all of our current exhibitions are avalaible on our exhibitions page
Following on from the extraordinary success of the LEGO Colosseum in 2012, the Brickman, Ryan McNaught, has turned his hand to one of the most iconic architectural monuments of Ancient Greece - The Acropolis. The LEGO model displays the Acropolis both as it was in the fifth century BC and as it is today as one of Greece's most popular tourist attractions.
50 Objects 50 Stories
This exhibition is not about the most important, or the most beautiful things in the Nicholson Museum. It is about objects with a story to tell. These stories introduce us to a cast of characters, curators and collectors
who have helped shape the museum and its collection.
Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus
Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, has a rich archaeological and cultural tradition dating back more than ten thousand year. This exhibition will celebrate the Cypriot archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum, and explore the stories of the Australian researchers who have investigated the island’s history.
Egyptians, gods and mummies: Travels with Herodotus
This exhibition looks at Egypt through the eyes of Herodotus. Mummified cats, birds and crocodiles are on display, plus three of the Nicholson's mummies.
Tombs, Tells and Temples: Excavating the Near East
From the extraordinary antiquities and sites to the personalities and archaeologists such as Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Sir Flinders Petrie and Sir Max Mallowan, this exhibtion will highlight the complex nature of this ancient region.
The Etruscans: A Classical Fantasy
The Etruscans are the very stuff of fantasy, myth and legend. This exhibition features some of the extraordinarily rich heritage of art, jewellery, metal working, terracotta sculpture, and more that the Etruscans left us.
The 'Lego Colosseum' is currently on tour around Australia. The centre piece of this exhibition is the world's largest LEGO model of the Colosseum. Built by Ryan 'The Brickman' McNaught, the model depicts the ancient monument both as it was in antiquity and as the ruins stand now. Sculpture, coins and artefacts from the Nicholson Museum's Roman collection also feature in this exhibition.
- September - December 2013.
Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum, Broken Hill City Council
- December 2013 - January 2014.
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
- April - June 2014.
Newcastle Regional Museum
- January - February 2015.
Albury Library Museum
- September - November 2015.
Tamworth Regional Gallery
For opening dates and activities related to the touring exhibition please contact the venues directly