Major facilities

The University of Sydney has extensive state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities, these include the:

Arts eResearch

Arts eResearch

Arts eResearch (AeR) assists staff and graduate students in incorporating digital methods at all stages of their research and teaching projects from initial scoping and grant-writing through information collection, management, analysis and visualisation, to the design of sustainable web sites and the archiving of research materials in the Sydney eScholarship repository

We aim to enhance scholarship and collaboration by connecting people, ideas and innovative digital solutions, and combining domain knowledge in the Humanities with the technical expertise required to develop software tools and integration at all levels.

The unit can help develop data models, break down project requirements into components, integrate existing tools (mainly free and open source) to support project needs, develop strategies and workflows for data collection and develop new tools where needed.

Arts eResearch (established 2011) developed out of the Archaeological Computing Laboratory (established 1992) via the Digital Innovation Unit - a Humanities eResearch collaboration with PARADISEC and Sydney eScholarship between 2007 and 2010.

Art Collection

Art Collection

The University Art Gallery comprises over 2500 works of art including easel paintings, works on paper, sculptures, tapestry, silver and rugs. Many well-known historical and contemporary Australian artists are represented in the Collection, including Arthur Streeton, Sidney Nolan, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Rupert Bunny, Norman Lindsay, Lloyd Rees, Margaret Preston, Judy Cassab, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart. There are also specialist Japanese and Chinese print collections.

Art Gallery, War Memorial Arch, Main Quadrangle
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 to 4pm or by appointment. Works are also displayed in the Fisher Library and some lecture theatres and offices.
Teaching enquiries to Mr Craig Barker:
Phone: + 61 2 9036 5409

The Educational Design Research Studio in CoCo

 CoCo’s research laboratory

The Design Studio is a specialist facility for researching collaborative design processes. It is equipped to support small teams of people engaged in educational design tasks and to record their design activity using a range of audio, still image and video recording apparatus.


PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) is an audio archiving research facility located in the School of Society, Culture and Performance at the University of Sydney. It is a collaborative facility established in 2003 by the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and ANU, joined in 2004 by the University of New England. Its purpose is to preserve and make accessible field recordings of endangered languages and musics from the area around Australia.

The Macleay Museum


Scientific instruments


The Macleay Museum is a natural history and ethnographic museum with a collection which includes:

  • insects,
  • mammals,
  • birds
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Melanesian artefacts,
  • historic scientific instruments,
  • historic photographs, most of which relate in some way to the history of the University and the history of Science.

Macleay Building, A12, Gosper Lane off Science Road.
Open to all 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday
Phone: (02) 9351 2274

The Nicholson Museum

Exhibit A: part of the ancient Southern Italian pottery.

The Nicholson Museum is Australia's largest collection of ancient art and artefacts from Eastern Mediterranean. Its establishment followed the gift of the private collection of Sir Charles Nicholson in 1860.

Quadrangle (southern end)
Open 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: (02) 9351 2812

The Tin Sheds Gallery

The Tin Sheds Gallery has been the site of many notable art events and exhibitions over the 20 years since its inception and the home of some key art movements. Exhibitions are advertised in Art Almanac which is available at newsagents. There is a continual round of exhibitions and other events at the Sheds in which students, artists and members of the general public are encouraged to participate.

154 City Rd
Phone: (02) 9351 3115
Exhibitions open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.