The Art Gallery of South Australia


The Gallery was established in 1861 and is located next door to the South Australian Museum on North Terrace.

Except for visiting exhibitions (entry fee payable) you won’t find the work of any classical masters here. What you will find, from its stock of 38,000 works, Continue reading “The Art Gallery of South Australia”


South Australian Museum – How Museums Used To Be


Many people think of Adelaide itself as dated, boring and a bit of a museum. It hardly any wonder then that the main museum there – the South Australian Museum is a “museum of a museum”. While museums world wide are being jazzed up and turned into interactive and politically correct experiences this museum is like entering a time-warp – a museum straight out of the sixties were stuffed animals and locked (though not dusty) display cabinets crammed with artefacts prevail. That said, it has used a more contemporary approach in a few areas – such as the exhibition on the Australian Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson which is appropriately supported by real artefacts of interest.

You are probably thinking that I don’t like the place. Far from it, I love it. Continue reading “South Australian Museum – How Museums Used To Be”

University of Sydney – Nicholson Museum


What a great and unexpected treasure that I more or less stumbled upon here.

The Nicholson Antiquity Museum in the University of Sydney has the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere (don’t get over excited, it’s still a small museum viewable in detail in an hour). While having no world famous pieces it has quite a range of things tastily displayed and labelled and, as such, is well worth a visit. Continue reading “University of Sydney – Nicholson Museum”

Macleay Museum – University of Sydney

17The first thing I must say about this small but wonderful natural history museum is that it on the top floor of the Macleay Building on Science Road and you must enter the building at the end furthest away from the University of Sydney’s Great Hall (where you will see a sign for the museum) and not the other end as I did, only to have to clamber back down three flights of stairs and up them again at the correct end of the building. Continue reading “Macleay Museum – University of Sydney”