Australia's first University Museum, and the largest public collection of archaeological artefacts in the country, featuring objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, the Middle East and northern Europe; ranging from mummies, Roman sculptures and Greek vases.
The Museum was founded in 1860 by Sir Charles Nicholson and has on display the following collections:
The Near Eastern Collection contains artefacts from modern day Israel, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. The material ranges in date from the Natufian (c11000BC) to the Roman periods, and includes stone tools, pottery, and bronze and iron artefacts.
The Egyptian Collection contains material from all periods of ancient Egyptian history, from the Neolithic and Predynastic (c. 5000BC - 3000BC) to the Dynastic (c. 3000BC - 332BC), and to the later Greek and Roman periods (c. 332BC - AD304).
The Cypriot Collection is one of the most important outside Cyprus. Pottery forms on display cover the periods from prehistory to the Hellenistic age.
The Classical Collection contains material from ancient Greece and Italy, and other parts of the Mediterranean influenced by those cultures. Artefacts from pre-Mycenaean Greece (c. 6000 - 3000BC) and the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures (c. 1550 - 1050BC).
The European Collection contains Anglo-Saxon jewellery, glass and pottery of the 6th and 7th centuries AD.
Located at Northern end of Quadrangle building
02 9351 2812
University Of Sydney, Main Quadrangle
Sydney Suburbs, New South Wales, 2006
Experiences you can enjoy at Nicholson Museum:
Educational Tourism, Historic/Heritage