Nicholson collection prepares to relocate
After 160 years the University's Nicholson Museum is shutting its doors and moving the collection to the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
Following the Nicholson’s closure on 28 February, its collection will occupy a key position within the new museum, currently being constructed on the Camperdown campus and opening in August 2020.
The Macleay and University Art collections will also be displayed in the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
“This is an historic moment for one of the University’s beloved institutions as once again it relocates to allow future generations to enjoy its wonderful diversity of precious objects. Their incalculable contribution to the education and enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of people since the Nicholson’s foundation will continue,” said David Ellis, Director Sydney University Museums.
Renowned as the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere, the Nicholson consists of 30,000 artefacts of artistic and archaeological significance from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, from the Neolithic to Medieval periods.
“While a respected museum, the Nicholson could never exhibit more than a fraction of its treasures at any one time,” David Ellis said.
“The move to a dedicated space at the Chau Chak Wing Museum will allow much more of this world-class collection to be appreciated.”
New state-of-the-art exhibition and teaching facilities in the Chau Chak Wing Museum will enable unparalleled opportunities for students and community to engage with the University collections.