The Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney is home to the largest collection of antiquities in both Australia and the southern Hemisphere. Founded in 1860, the collection spans the ancient world with primary collection areas including ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and the Near East. The Museum gallery is located in the main quadrangle of the University and is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm as well as the first Saturday of every month from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free.Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
The Nicholson Museum is named after its founder, Sir Charles Nicholson. In 1856-57, Nicholson traveled throughout Egypt and then Italy where he acquired the first thousand or so primarily ancient Egyptian, Greek, South Italian and Etruscan artefacts. These he donated to the University in 1860. The museum’s collection has grown exponentially since this founding donation. Individual benefaction, donations, sponsored archaeological projects and curatorial acquisition have all contributed to the wealth of material now housed by the Nicholson Museum.
The museum currently has a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibition areas within its gallery. Permanent or ongoing exhibitions include: Egyptians, Gods and Mummies: Travels with Herodotus, Aphrodite's Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus; The Etruscans: A Classical Fantasy; Tombs, Tells and Temples: Excavating the Near East as well as a permanent display of artefacts from the Greek and Italian Classical world. Temporary exhibitions include: LEGO Pompeii, featuring a large scale model of the site of Pompeii in LEGO and 50 Objects, 50 Stories – scheduled to close July 2015.
Nicholson Museum Reviews
This Museum has been going for ages and has been the beneficiary of some great endowments from individuals starting with Nicholson himself. The Museum is fascinating and has regular seminars and event... more »
Very small hard to find museum, no signs & website states road within ground Sydney University but no map. Go to the quadrangle follow main building to the left. If you haven’t been lucky enough to vi... more »
Walk in without any intention but quite impressive. It's good to bring your kids or persons who love history to this place. There are many interesting items from Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures in one place. Staff are very friendly and you are allowed to touch some items with the supervision of their staff. Again, very impressive..😃
Best museum I've ever seen – and I've been to many! Been coming here my entire life, never had a complaint – apart from the fact that it's supposedly closing...
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