Current exhibitions

Written in Stone

Stone tools are tangible evidence of occupation, ingenuity, and survival.

Women in Power

Women in Power includes major artworks by women from the Power Collection.

Death Magic

Death in Ancient Egypt was a magical experience

Lego Pompeii

Pompeii, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, will be bought back to life through the modeling medium of LEGO.

Rapid prototyping

Kate Dunn’s 3D printed works produced from recyclable materials.


Remembering Roman Lives. An exhibition of funerary inscriptions from the Nicholson collection.

Actors, Athletes and Academics

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

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.

Children in Antiquity

The life of children in Ancient Greece and Egypt and the universal nature of play are explored in this exhibition

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.

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?

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.

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.