We have wonderful news to share with you. Following years of planning and a recent generous $15m gift from Dr Chau Chak Wing, the University has secured much of the philanthropic support needed to create a new museum at the centre of a new cultural precinct.

Located in an adaptive re-use of the Macleay and Edgeworth David buildings at the top end of Science Road, plus a 600m2 new building, the Chau Chak Wing Museum will bring together the collections of the Nicholson and Macleay museums and the University art collection, and enable previously unseen parts of the collections to be accessed and used. Changing exhibitions will sit alongside 1500m2 of semi-permanent exhibitions, drawn from the University’s cultural and scientific collections.

Students, faculties and visitors will enjoy not only access to, but a greater level of engagement with, the collections. This will be achieved through new ways of teaching, with object-based learning enhancing visual and collection literacies. What this means for the Power Institute is an increased capacity to use the extensive University art collections for teaching, learning and research.

The University’s Power Collection, currently managed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, will be brought back to the University once a new education and research facility, to be located close to the museum, is completed.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum is scheduled to open in 2018.

Exciting times ahead.


Text by David Ellis (Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement)


Click here to read a Sydney Morning Herald article on the new University of Sydney museum, ‘a multi-disciplinary museum where the arts and sciences meet and ancient worlds encounter contemporary art and ideas’.