The Chau Chak Wing Museum project is a forward-thinking, innovative and much-needed cultural and intellectual space at the University of Sydney.
When it opens mid-2020, the museum will include the collections of the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Gallery, as well as other cultural highlights from the University's significant and historical collections.
The University's new museum will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the collections, enabling them to be used for cutting-edge research and a wide range of teaching purposes at the University. It will also provide the opportunity for Australian and international visitors to enjoy our collection through dynamic and innovative exhibitions.
Visitors to the museum will be able to view far more of the collections than they can at present.
The museum will inspire creativity, visual literacy and lateral thinking, through presenting the rich cultural heritage of the University as well as its vision for the future. We look forward to you visiting after the building's completion in mid-2020.
The Chau Chak Wing Museum is named after Dr Chau Chak Wing, the Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist whose generous donation has enabled the University of Sydney to embark on this ambitious project to provide a centralised home for the rich cultural, historic, scientific and artistic collections held on campus.
The museum will be at the centre of a new precinct for cultural and scientific engagement at the symbolic heart of the campus, with direct access to major Sydney transportation routes. The museum will house the collections of the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and the University Art Gallery, as well as other cultural highlights from the University's collections.
When the University was founded, Sir Charles Nicholson provided Sydney with a suite of classical antiquities and fine arts from which to base teaching; the first purpose-built university museum in the southern hemisphere. As the University strengthened its collections, however, its museum spaces received lesser priority. At last, the Chau Chak Wing Museum will give these important collections the space to shine.
The Chau Chak Wing Museum will embrace the aspirations and needs of teachers, students, researchers and wider communities in Sydney, across Australia and internationally in a multidisciplinary and visionary initiative. In line with international best-practice standards, the museum will provide temporary exhibition galleries alongside permanent galleries; while specialised study centres will enable teaching with material culture and scientific specimens designed to match the University’s research and teaching interests.
Featured image (top of the page): artist's impression of the new Chau Chak Wing museum (Johnson Pilton Walker)