About the Museum...

The Museum of Human Disease was established by Professor Donald Wilhelm, foundation Professor of Pathology at the University of New South Wales. Thanks to his foresight, and to the tireless efforts of Dr S.G. Higgins (Museum Curator of longstanding), the Museum has been meticulously updated and maintained over the years to reflect the changing patterns of disease in our society.

As the structure of Medical Schools have changed, so too have Pathology Museums. The need for a more inviting study area was evident. For many years the Museum, although rich in terms of its history and specimen collection, was simply an area where these specimens only were housed. In order for Museum visits to become attractive, the atmosphere had to change.

Visitors can expect an air-conditioned environment, adequately labelled and catalogued bays, separate special exhibition areas and an interactive Medical Computer Discovery lab. The addition of a Museum Manager, Education Officer and a full-time technical officer has helped with the constant maintenance of the Museum and making public outreach programs possible.


A large part of the success of our programs is due to our wonderful group of committed volunteers who help in all aspects in the running of the Museum. Their efforts are greatly appreciated by Museum staff as well as the teachers and students who always comment on their friendly nature and willingness to assist.

If you are a UNSW student, or a member of the public with interest or experience in Health, science and medical fields we would love to have you as part of our volunteer team. Click here to sign up for the volunteer program.

Our Museum volunteers help with a wide range of activities. Their main role is to help interpret our collection for the many school students who visit each year, but other roles include helping run major musuem events for Brain Awareness Week and UNSW Open Day as well as helping with office support  and social media activities.

Hours and admission


The Museum is closed on public holidays. Please call us before visiting.

We are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday - Friday.

Group visits (high school & community groups) 9:00am - 4:00pm weekdays
Public visits and audio tours 10:00am - 4:00pm weekdays

Public Admission Cost

Adults $10
Child and Concession $5
Teachers and UNSW staff & students
School Visits Contact The Museum for details

NOTE:  All children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
Concessions include, seniors card, commonwealth pension cards, student cards, carer cards, taxi drivers.

Entry Terms & Conditions

  • Some individuals, children and cultural groups may be sensitive to the display of real human tissue. Please consider the suitability of this material when planning your visit.
  • All bags and handbags will be cloaked at reception.
  • Strictly no photography.
  • No food or beverage.


Ground Floor, Samuels Building
The University of New South Wales
Corner of High & Botany St, Kensington

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Pedestrian access via Gate 9, High St or Gate 11, Botany St.

Coach & minibus parking can be arranged on request. Further details regarding parking & transport can be discussed on booking.

Buses travel to various points near Gates 9 & 11 from Bondi Junction, Central Station and Circular Quay. Bus services travelling to this part of the University are: M50, 348, 357, 370, 400, 890 & 891. Further transport information is available on the UNSW Transport website.

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