Past exhibitions

2016 exhibitions

Outlines: Koori artefacts

ET2010.1, 19th century club, NSW

Closed 25 November 2016

This exhibition brought 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.

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From the collections

NHE.315, sea star

Closed 25 November 2016

Celebrating diversity in the Macleay Museum collections.

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Floating time: Chinese prints 1954–2002

UA2000.38, Floating time I 悠悠岁月(I)

1 August – 25 November 2016

Contemporary Chinese prints 1954–2002

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Macleay reworked

Thylacinus cynocephalus skeleton

Closed 25 November 2016

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.

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Written in stone

written in stone

17 August 2015 - 8 August 2016

For Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today, stone tools are tangible evidence of occupation, ingenuity, resilience, and survival.

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Women in Power


7 Dec 2015 - 8 April 2016

Women in Power included major artworks by women from the Power Collection

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50 Objects 50 Stories


2012 - March 2016

50 Objects 50 Stories was not about the most important, or the most beautiful things in the Nicholson Museum. It is about objects with a story to tell. Beginning in 1860 with antiquities from the original donation of Sir Charles Nicholson, the exhibition journeys through to the present day.

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Aphrodite's Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus


October 2012 - January 2016

This exhibition celebrated the Cypriot archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum, and explore the stories of the Australian researchers who have investigated the island’s history.

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Rapid Prototyping: models of climate change

Rapid prototyping

March - June 2016

Kate Dunn has worked with innovative materials including porcelain, sugar and paper pulp to model scientific research data. Shown here is Fragile State, printed in porcelain using Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick’s data tracking temperature spikes in Sydney October 2015.

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