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An artist's impression of the new Chau Chak Wing Museum.
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Find the unexpected at the Chau Chak Wing Museum
Sydney’s newest museum intersects art, science, history and culture at the University of Sydney.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum enhances Australia’s arts landscape and creates an exciting cultural precinct in the heart of the University’s main campus.

Bringing together the University’s Nicholson, Macleay and University Art collections under one roof, the new museum will showcase thousands of precious and rare treasures together for the first time.

Be inspired by a perfect blend of innovation and the unexpected. Walk in the footsteps of an Ancient Roman, Greek or Cypriot and disappear into the tombs of Ancient Egypt. Get up close to some of Australia’s oldest natural history specimens and see the country through the eyes of world-renowned artists and First Nation Peoples.

The University of Sydney is dedicated to a multidisciplinary vision of teaching and research, to breaking down barriers to sharing knowledge. In the display and curation of its objects, the museum will embody that approach.
David Ellis, Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement

Transformative research

We have installed exceptional facilities to enable and inspire researchers in their use of objects – to think creatively, use new approaches, challenge previous understandings and deepen our knowledge.

Multidisciplinary learning

Specialised teaching spaces will give University of Sydney students hands-on, object-based learning experiences across all faculties and disciplines. Our education programs are designed to enthral visitors of all ages using bespoke facilities.

Three collections united

The museum is named after Dr Chau Chak Wing, the Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist whose generosity and foresight has brought this ambitious celebration of three collections to life.

Find out more about our collections:


Featured image (top of the page): artist's impression of the new Chau Chak Wing museum (Johnson Pilton Walker)

Opening dates
Open to the public:
26 August 2020

Opening celebrations:
5-6 September 2020

Facts & figures

  • 443,900+ Collection items in total
  • 8,000+ Paintings, sculptures and contemporary artworks
  • 315,400+ Insects in our entomology collection
  • The largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere

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