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Antiquities and Lego

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.

not your average display title.

not your average display title.

where’s mummy

where’s mummy

Pompeii in Lego, before the big one

Pompeii in Lego, before the big one

needs some work on the teeth

needs some work on the teeth

New Inner Sydney Tour

Breaking news: Sydney Nimble Tours announces the addition of a new tour, the Inner Sydney Tour.

Listed below are places that are often missed by visitors to Sydney. They pass our highly discerning ‘great place to visit’ filter:

  • White Rabbit Gallery and neighbouring green building, Central Park

  • Brett Whiteley Studio (Friday to Sunday)

  • Sydney University

  • Short walking tour of Balmain including the wharf area, Fenwick House and the dry dock

  • State Library

  • The Grounds of Alexandria

  • Artisan distillery or microbrewery at or near the end of the day

All of these places are close to the city (within 10-30 minutes).

Why not check some or all of them out?

If you are interested let us know and we will reply with a day plan for your approval.

The minimum time is 4 hours, so pick at least three or four places. If you would like to select most or all of the above places the inner Sydney tour can be made into a longer day trip (6-8 hours). 

Personalise an existing tour

If one or two of the above inner Sydney destinations appeal to you we can include these in any one of our other existing tours (except for the Blue Mountains).

After you have advised which one or two places you would like included and the tour you would like adjusted we will send a revised day plan for your approval.

 

Sorry but Harry Potter was not filmed here - entrance to the Quadrangle at Sydney University

Sorry but Harry Potter was not filmed here - entrance to the Quadrangle at Sydney University

don’t forget your hat, Ewenton House, Balmain

don’t forget your hat, Ewenton House, Balmain

Buildings don’t get any greener than Central Park, Chippendale

Buildings don’t get any greener than Central Park, Chippendale