Museums and collections open to the public
Many of the University's collections have evolved from the interests of individual scientists. Others have been developed specifically to enhance teaching and learning. The collections play a vital role in the University's core activities and double as a valuable community resource.
School of Social Science
The Anthropology Museum houses a significant collection of ethnographic material, numbering 19,000 artefacts and 5000 photographs. It is the largest university collection of ethnographic material and visual culture in Australia and includes unique and rare items. Just under half of the collection comprises things created by, or relating to, Aboriginal Australian culture groups and individuals. An equally large section of the collection is derived from, or concerned with, diverse Pacific peoples. There are also smaller complementary collections from Africa, South-East Asia and China.
Location: Michie Building (Building 9) [See map], Level 1, St Lucia Campus
Telephone: (07) 3365 2674
Fax: (07) 3365 1544
Admission: Free; 11am–4pm 7 days a week. Low-cost group tours can be arranged by appointment.
Classics and Ancient History
The Antiquities Museum exhibits artefacts from the ancient worlds of western Asia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The collection supports University teaching and research and studies by school students, interest groups and individuals.
Location: Michie Building (Building 9), [See map], Level 3, St Lucia Campus
Telephone: (07) 3365 2191 (Director) or (07) 3365 2620 (Office)
Fax: + 61 (7) 3365 1968
Admission: Free; 9am–5pm weekdays (telephone first, or call at the Office in Room 712). Low-cost guided tours and workshops can be arranged by appointment.
Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History
School of Medicine
This collection of medical memorabilia, medical and surgical instruments is one of the finest in Australia. It includes instruments and equipment such as a 19th century carbolic spray (used for antisepsis during surgery) and a copy of the apparatus Wilhelm Roentgen used to discover X-rays in 1895. Photographs and books are also on show.
Past Students Association Museum, Gatton Campus
Memorabilia collected over half a century by past students and staff forms the UQ Gatton Historical Collection, part of which is housed in the Past Student Association Museum.
The museum has fascinating photographs and artefacts on display featuring the development of the campus and community under its identities as the Queensland Agricultural (High School and) College, as well as its consolidation with The University of Queensland in 1990.
Location: Upstairs, Morrison Hall (8123), Rooms 31-32, UQ Gatton Campus
Telephone: (07) 5460 1724
Admission: Free (by appointment)
Opened in 1988, the Physics Museum displays optical, electrical, acoustical and other scientific equipment plus books, catalogues and instruction manuals. Many date from the University's first year of teaching in 1911. Near-antiques of brass and mahogany sit beside newer but equally obsolete items like electron tubes, spiral slide rules, a computer card punch and sheets of computer magnetic core memory. Free admission, open 12–1pm Mondays during teaching weeks.
Location: Parnell Building (7), Room G73, Ground Floor, St Lucia Campus
Telephone: (07) 3365 3369 (Curator) or (07) 3365 3414 (Office)
Fax: (07) 3365 1242
Admission: Free; open 1–2pm Thursdays during teaching weeks.