Know Your Enemy

A Museum Visit

At the Museum of Human Disease, you can view a collection of 2,000 specimens of human tissue. As a museum of pathology, our specimens are utilised in the study of human disease and as such our specimens are obtained both from organs removed surgically and from tissue obtained at autopsy, where the natural history of disease is in full view. Each specimen is accompanied by a clinical history and some specimens are over 100 years old and are irreplaceable.

The Museum contains examples of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Some diseases such as typhoid and diphtheria are now quite rare in Australia due to vaccination and public health programs. Other infectious diseases such as HIV and Tuberculosis still remain as major problems within the community. Many diseases associated with lifestyle are also available to view and provide great evidence to the cause of correct lifestyle choices. The Museum houses exhibits on smoking, obesity, alcohol, drugs and mental health.


General visit activities include:

image - Visit us and get to "Know Your Enemy"

  1. 2000 specimens to make you think.
  2. Oculus Artery walk though
  3. Oculus bionic vision test
  4. Back yard Brains
  5. Emotiv
  6. Makey Makey






In the News:

25 November, 2013
by administrator

Two cases of typhoid at the Christmas Island detention centre last week sparked fears of an outbreak of the disease on the island.

The two Afghan asylum seekers, who arrived on separate boats, were hospitalised with typhoid fever. They have since been treated and have returned to the detention centre.

25 November, 2013
by administrator

Australia has stepped up the fight against antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB), opening a $1.2 million high biosecurity laboratory in Sydney last Tuesday.

25 November, 2013
by administrator

A new survey conducted by the National Prescribing Service has found that many Australians don't understand how antibiotics work, asking their doctors to prescribe antibiotics when they are not needed.

From the Collection:

25 November, 2013
by Mr Derek Williamson

Erin Collins: UNSW journalism intern

After years stowed away, a University of New South Wales antique, the ‘Drummond Digital Microdispenser’ has landed itself in the Museum of Human Disease, sparking conversation about what relevance exactly it now has in modern research.


image - University plunges into history in the name of science

25 November, 2013
by administrator

Nasal douches have been around for a long time, allowing people to cleanse the nose of mucus and other debris like air-borne pollutants.  

25 November, 2013
by Ms Bridget Murphy

By Joshua Collis-Bird

‘Kill All Germs’ was the motto and the name of KAG manufacturing company’s latest revolution in the world of antiseptics in the 1900s. But what did this ground-breaking new medicine actually do?

25 November, 2013
by administrator

image - Bex Powders“Have a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down,” advised advertisements for Bex, a cure-all manufactured from 1965 by Beckers Pty Ltd manufacturing chemists in Sydney.