About us

About us

The collection began as a Document Research Centre and gradually developed into a more object-based assemblage thus the concept of the Australian History Museum was born, thanks to the support of Emeritus Professor Di Yerbury, University Vice Chancellor at the time. The Australian History Museum was officially opened in its current location on Wednesday 20th May, 1998, by the Hon Bob Carr MP (then Minister for the Arts).

Since its inception the museum's collection has continued to grow. Although the collection includes items that range from the everyday to the exquisite, material is acquired primarily for its value to teaching and research. Our collection focuses on 5 key themes spanning the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These are:

  • Indigenous Australia
  • Immigration
  • War & Society
  • Women's Studies
  • Social History (with a focus on Domestic & Working Life)


We offer educational programs for students at primary, secondary and tertiary levels to enhance their understanding and insights into Australia's rich history and to create a meaningful educational experience for all students. 

If you are interested in organising a visit to the museum, or are a researcher or publisher seeking more information on a particular object please contact us on (02) 9850 8870 or at ahmuseum@mq.edu.au.

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 4pm
Friday: 8:30am-1pm
Weekend* and public holidays: CLOSED
*2nd Saturday of the month: 9am-1pm

These hours are subject to change without notice. If you are planning a visit we recommend contacting the museum on 02 9850 8870 or jane.thogersen@mq.edu.au to ensure the museum will be available at that time.

Contact us

Museum Manager

Ms Jane Thogersen
Phone: +61 2 9850 8870  
Email: jane.thogersen@mq.edu.au

Location

Building W6A Level 1, Macquarie University NSW 2109

Phone

+61 (2) 9850 8870

Email

ahmuseum@mq.edu.au

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