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The latest news from the Chau Chak Wing Museum

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08 October 2020

Museum secrets to be revealed

When the Chau Chak Wing Museum opens in November, many of the extraordinary objects, specimens and works of art on display have never before been seen publicly. Dr Craig Barker describes 7 items coming out of long-term storage.
02 September 2020

Nip and tuck

As 19th century taxidermy ages, natural history specimens often require extreme makeovers. Dr Jude Philp describes how expert Sasha Stollman restored fish and mammal specimens in preparation for our opening exhibitions.
19 August 2020

Vale John Nixon

The artist John Nixon, who died earlier this week, was a seminal figure in Australian art over the last five decades. Several of his major works from the 1980s were acquired for the Power bequest collection. In memory of John we print a short extract from Linda Michael’s new essay on one of these works.
05 August 2020

Case by historic case

Collections aside, museum furniture can have its own historical significance. That’s why cabinets from the former Macleay Museum are being restored and repurposed for a new lease on life.
05 August 2020

Moving in to the new museum

Meet some of the Chau Chak Wing Museum staff as they share their thoughts on the new building. Discover what they are most excited about, one week after moving in.
03 August 2020

Where's Woodhouse?

A project calling on members of the public to shed light on photos taken in Greece by a renowned classicist more than a century ago has yielded more than 600 responses from around the world.
01 July 2020

The old and the new

For a short period in the early 1880s, two lighthouses stood on South Head in Sydney. The photographer Charles Bayliss captured their overlap in time.
01 July 2020

Starting over: embedding First Nations principles in a new museum

How does a contemporary museum reconcile the colonial histories of its collections? For the Chau Chak Wing Museum, guidance from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has been the key to creating a safe space for learning, healing, exchanging ideas and celebrating the heritage of Australia’s First Peoples.
11 June 2020

Statement in response to the destruction at Juukan Gorge

David Ellis, Director of the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, responds to the recent destruction of two rock shelters in Juukan Gorge, a culturally significant 46,000 year old site in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
03 June 2020

Djon Mundine honoured with lifetime achievement award

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced Djon Mundine OAM a recipient of the Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement at their 2020 First Nations Arts Awards.
25 May 2020

Chau Chak Wing Museum appointments connect objects with students

Two new curators specialising in using museum collections to teach students have been appointed to the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
23 April 2020

Creative challenge: iso-art at home

Get creative with some of our favourite collection items as part of the 'museum at home' activities on offer while social-distancing measures remain in place.
15 April 2020

Bringing back the colour to ancient Egyptian coffins

Uncovering the secrets of ancient Egypt used to involve a shovel, a gentle brush, and endless patience. Things have changed. Now archaeologists are using some of the most advanced technologies available.
08 April 2020

Uncovering the secrets of ancient Egypt

The modest Egyptian coffin sat quietly for decades with no-one guessing its mystery. When the mummy within was finally discovered, it offered an opportunity to gain new insights into the glories of that ancient civilisation. The question was, how to start?
01 April 2020

Zoom backgrounds from the Chau Chak Wing Museum collections

We are making 10 images from our Nicholson, Macleay and University Art collections available to use as a background while in video meetings.


Featured image (top of page): Chau Chak Wing Museum topping out ceremony, December 2019.