The Nicholson Museum is Australia's oldest University museum and home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. Our gallery is located in the historic Main Quadrangle at the University of Sydney and open freely to the general public. Admission is free.
The museum was founded in 1860 by Sir Charles Nicholson (Sydney University’s first chancellor 1854-1862), through a donation of his private collection of antiquities and curiosities. Since this time the museum has been overseen by 19 different curators, all with different expertise and vision for the development of our collections. As a result the museum has grown in size and scope, today comprising over 22,000 artefacts of artistic and archaeological significance from Egypt, Greece Italy, Cyprus and the Near East. From the intriguing to the macabre, our collections provide insight into the minds of the archaeologists, collectors and curators who have contributed to making our museum a unique Australian cultural institution.
Our exhibition The Lego Colosseum has won the Museums and Galleries NSW 2013 IMAGinE award for best exhibition. This exhibition is currently on tour around Australia.