Current exhibitions

Mikala Dwyer: Garden of a Half Life

An interdisciplinary project incorporating items drawn from across the University’s vast, largely unseen collections and teaching resources.

Stitched, stuffed and studied

Explore taxidermy’s relationship to the science of taxonomy in the 19th century.

Actors, Athletes and Academics

A new exhibition exploring life in Ancient Greece through the writings of playwrights, historians, philosophers and poets.

Aphrodite's Island: Australian archaeologists in Cyprus

This exhibition celebrates the Cypriot archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum

Macleay reworked

Housed in historic cedar cabinets within the Victorian surrounds of the Macleay Building, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to peek at the extraordinary diversity of the Macleay collections.

50 Objects 50 Stories

50 Objects 50 Stories is not about the most important, or the most beautiful things in the Nicholson Museum. Rather, the objects with a story to tell.

Egyptians, gods and mummies

The exhibition looks at Egypt through the eyes of Herodotus. Mummified cats, birds and crocodiles are on display, as well as three of the Nicholson's mummies.

Koori artefacts

This exhibition brings together painting tools, ochres, shields, spears and clubs that all have their provenance in Aboriginal language regions of New South Wales, such as the Bundjulung, Wiradjuri and Dharug.

The Etruscans

In popular imagination the Etruscans are the very stuff of fantasy, myth and legend. Who are they, where did they come from and what does their language mean?

Tombs, tells and temples: excavating the Near East

Artefacts from the Nicholson's own collection, excavated from the famous sites of Jericho, Tell Brak, Pella, Tell al-Ajjul, Harappa, Ur, Ninevah and Nimrud form the cornerstone of this exhibition.