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 on the ground floor of building W6A 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

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thur: 8am-4pm by appointment only
Fri: 8am-1pm by appointment only
Sat*-Sun: Closed
In 2019 the AHM is only open by appointment as we prepare to move to the new Arts Precinct museum. Please ensure that you book access to the collection by contacting jane.thogersen@mq.edu.au or (02) 9850 8870.

*Saturday openings by special appointment.

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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