Current exhibitions

Alpha and Omega

Tales of transformations.

Written in Stone

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

Dušan Marek

Retrospective of the work of Dušan Marek

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.

The Sky and the Sea

An exhibition of the art in Ancient Cyprus.


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

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.

Death Magic

Death in Ancient Egypt was a magical experience

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.

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.

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?

Actors, Athletes and Academics

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

Children in Antiquity

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