It is not every day that you come across a museum that has antiquities and a lego display. The Nicholson Museum at Sydney University however has just that.
The Museum came into being in 1865 when the second chancellor of Sydney University, Sir Charles Nicholson, donated his private collection of antiquities.
Hundreds of Greek, Roman, Southern Italian and Etruscan antiquities were acquired by the chancellor in the course of several trips to Europe in the late 1850s.
The museum has since grown in size and has the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere (approximately 30 000 artefacts).
It also has an ongoing exhibition of a reconstructed pre-catastrophe Pompeii, made out of Lego.
There is a dedicated room titled ‘Death Magic’ which includes the mummy of a six year old boy and two Egyptian coffins.
The museum is open on week days, and the first Saturday of the month. Entry is free!
Don’t expect to see a massive museum. It is a small museum that has an interesting collection, particularly if you like ancient history and or lego.
A visit to the Nicholson Museum complements a visit to Sydney University’s wonderful historic building, the Quadrangle. We recommend visiting both.
The Chau Chak Wing Museum is currently being constructed and is set to open in 2020. This new museum will include the contents of the Nicholson Museum along with two other museums located at Sydney University.
Sydney Nimble can visit the Nicholson Museum in our bespoke tour or we could adjust the itinerary of one of the other tours to include the museum.