The University of Sydney has some of the largest and richest cultural heritage collections of any university in the nation. The university’s collections comprise over 10 per cent of all cultural heritage held in universities in Australia.
The collections of the University’s Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Collection incorporate more than 700 000 artefacts and objects associated with and resulting from and 150 years of research, collecting expeditions and archaeological excavations, donations and purchases.
With collections dating from antiquity to the modern age, from every continent including cultural, artistic, scientific, and natural materials, these collections form rich sources of reference and inspiration for students, researchers, and the general public. Taken together, these objects represent a great deal of the wealth of knowledge and research embodied in the university.