Butterflies in a display case

Mad for mummies? Intrigued by invertebrates? Or just plain preoccupied with performance? Here at the University of Sydney, we live and breathe the best in international and local culture and history.

Our musuems

Haswell Museum

The Haswell museum collection consists of approximately 7,000 animal specimens, representing most zoological phyla, including Australian and exotic species from over 250 families.

John Ray Herbarium

Created by the University's first professor of botany, Professor A. Lawson, in 1916, the John Ray Herbarium is one of the largest university herbaria in the country with about 50,000 specimens.

Other university museums

Macleay Musuem

We hold the oldest natural history collection in Australia, originating in the cabinets of Alexander Macleay, and expanded through the collecting networks of the Macleay family from Darwin to Raffles, from Cuba to Wagga Wagga.

Nicholson Museum

The Nicholson Museum is Australia's oldest University museum and home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Interactive Centre for Human Diseases

Situated on the ground floor of the Charles Perkins Centre on the Camperdown campus, this museum houses approximately 1600 pathological specimens on permanent display.