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Guided tours

The perfect introduction to our collections, exhibitions and campus environment
Join us for a guided tour of the Museum or University of Sydney Campus. Our expert guides can introduce you to collection highlights or the Gadigal culture and history of the surrounding grounds.

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Quadrangle Heritage Tour: Gargoyles and Grotesques

The Quadrangle represents the heart and soul of the Camperdown campus of the University of Sydney; the neo-gothic building is home to a rich history. 

Between the gargoyles and grotesques, the sandstone and the stained glass are the stories of the architects, the scholars and students who have breathed life into the building. 

The Oxbridge-imitation Victoria Gothic Revival style of 'The Quad' belies the fact the building was constructed in several phases, beginning in 1855 under the design of eminent colonial architect Edmund Blacket. It was at one stage the tallest building in Sydney.  

The facade of the building also served as a backdrop for key moments in university and Australian history from royal visits and student protests, from graduations and enrolment days.

Discover the University's history as written in the architecture of this building; from Great Hall to clocktower with our expert guides.

The Old and The New

And additional half hour add-on tour is also possible with an additional tour of the Law School Building and/or the Anderson Stuart Building (Medicine).

Please note: access to the Great Hall or other areas of the Quad may on certain days not be possible due to graduations and other university activities.

Details

We are currently accepting groups. Tours can be booked Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and run for approximately one hour. Bookings are essential and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Minimum charges apply.

Price per person
Full: $18.50
Students and seniors: $12.50

University of Sydney groups 
We offer a reduced rate for group tours booked by University staff. Contact us to organise a tour for your visiting scholars, conference delegates or committee members.

Contact
For enquiries, please contact our team.

Phone: +61 2 9351 8746
Email: museums.education@sydney.edu.au


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Indigenous Heritage Walk 

Join Koori guide and Museum Cultural Heritage Officer Uncle Jimmy Smith as he leads us across the campus, exploring the remarkable Indigenous history of the location and stories of the University’s historic relationship with community. Jimmy will touch upon the Sydney basin, the Freedom Rides, ritual and ceremony, bush medicines and the trees, astronomy and life in his imitable style. This is a unique opportunity to explore the campus and expand your perspective. 

The walking tour covers the campus of the University of Sydney so wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen. In wet weather, the tour will focus on Aboriginal collections of the Chau Chak Wing Museum. 

Bookings essential

Price per person
Full: $18.50
Students and seniors: $12.50

Upcoming tours

No future dates scheduled, please check back again.


Tour group in Natural Selections

Chau Chak Wing Museum tour for groups

Bring your group of ten or more friends and family, colleagues, members or other community group for a guided tour of the diverse and unique collections of the Chau Chak Wing Museum.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum is home to a wide range of collections covering natural history, visual arts, antiquities, historic photography and Indigenous cultural history. In this one-hour tour, our guide will take you on a journey through the exhibitions and provide context for the displays and highlight the cultural, historic and scientific items within the Chau Chak Wing Museum. 

Experience the University’s collections and the stunning architecture of the Chau Chak Wing Museum, with the option of coffee and a snack at Sounds café before or after the tour.

Further information 
Tours can be booked Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and run for approximately one hour. Bookings are essential and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Minimum charges apply.

Price per person
Full: $18.50
Students and seniors: $12.50

University of Sydney groups 
We offer a reduced rate for group tours booked by University staff. Contact us to organise a tour for your visiting scholars, conference delegates or committee members.

Contact
For enquiries, please contact our team.

Phone: +61 2 9351 8746
Email: museums.education@sydney.edu.au


Featured image (top of the page): A tour group look at Coastline, with curator Dr Ann Stephen.

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