Museum of Human Disease

Museum of Human Disease, Kensington: Hours, Address, Museum of Human Disease Reviews: 5/5

Museum of Human Disease
5
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

5.0
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Dreamingoftravel20
54 contributions
Amazing but respectfully done
Feb 2019 • Family
- Quite easy to find
- friendly staff
- entrance fee is reasonable
- could spend all day there as it was very informative.
- done very respectfully
- would happily visit again.
Written October 14, 2019
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quinni_224
Cowra, Australia2,741 contributions
Awesome place to get to know your enemy.
Jul 2016 • Friends
My brother, our friend from the USA who was studying abroad at the time, and myself decided that the Museum of Human Disease would be an fascinating place to visit on a day out together in Sydney.

The three of us had a great time viewing the collection of 3,000 specimens of human tissue, examples of both infectious and non-infectious diseases, exhibits on diseases associated with lifestyle (smoking, obesity, alcohol, drugs and mental health) and the section not on public display. My brother also enjoyed the interactive virtual reality oculus artery walk though.

We spent approximately two hours looking around, however, we could have easily spent much more time reading and learning in the extensive exhibition.

Paula, the education officer provided us all the appropriate information and made the visit even more enjoyable.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written April 28, 2017
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Bex L
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
Interesting and different museum
Feb 2017 • Friends
A lot of reading but very interesting specimens and well worth a look. A lot of information to take in and not for the squeamish as some very gross exhibits.
Written February 15, 2017
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Scott M
3 contributions
Amazing collection
Dec 2016 • Couples
Extremely extensive collection of abnormal pathological specimens with appropriate amount of education regarding preventative health measures. Would take many many hours to do the museum justice. Well worth the out of the way trip!
Written December 19, 2016
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Thanks scott. we do enjoy when people say there is a lot to see.
Written January 4, 2017
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fawcettanne
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
Fascinating insights into anatomy and pathology
Nov 2015 • Friends
A small but well curated collection of specimens. Ideal for anyone interested in medicine, pathology, anatomy. A comfortable, well-laid out space.
Written April 25, 2016
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Thanks for the review. we are very happy that you found the experience worthwhile.
Written May 4, 2016
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Marilyn C
Umina Beach, Australia29 contributions
informative
Mar 2016 • Friends
fascinating and informative everyone should go , it could be a life changing experience.you should definitely take teenagers to educate them about lifestyle choices .staff extremely helpful and welcoming.not for the faint hearted.
Written March 23, 2016
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Thanks for the review. we are glad you found the visit worthwhile.
Written May 4, 2016
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francesca082
'Sydney, Australia357 contributions
We-ell, Very Good and QG too: Quite Gruesome
Mar 2016 • Couples
Go here, if you are a para-medico, a museum aficionado or a retiree wishing to visualise the inner workings of your body. Trainee nurses and docs and health workers will find a panoply of alarming cancres and football sized omas. It is a slightly dusty mass of glass cabinets with hand written headings and arrows to denote the subject of the explanatory text. Primary, secondary and tertiary students gawp and marvel at reproductive organs with monster tumours and alimentary canals with gaps and cell clusters. Yikes, a world of inner turmoil, which is our own tissue and fluid body. Our own flesh and blood...Relevant videos and films are playing on loop also.
Written March 18, 2016
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Thanks for the review. We are glad you found it an interesting visit.
Written May 4, 2016
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,020 contributions
Know your enemy!
Sep 2015 • Solo
I was more than slightly amused by the slogan of this museum: 'Know your enemy'. Very apt.
It is an extraordinary little museum, said to be Australia's only accessible Pathology collection, found in the Samuels Building at UNSW, not far from the corner of Botany Road and Hight St. It is open Monday to Friday and not at all on weekends, and parking at UNSW can be painful during term time. Might be better to approach by bus.
The museum houses a collection of some 3000 specimens of diseased human tissues, though only a fraction of these are on public display. It is organised by diseases or parts of the body, or bodily systems. In many cases, a very human dimension is added to the specimen on display via a case history of the 'donor' and the progression of his/her ailment, with the story usually ending badly for the donor. My personal favourites would have to be the gangrenous feet. Definitely put you off smoking.
It is not a huge collection - easily digestible - and a visit will take you about an hour or so to complete. If you are one of those people who swoon at the sight of a drop of blood, the museum is probably not for you, though I suspect you may be aware of that already.
Written October 2, 2015
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Thanks for the review. We are glad you found the Museum visit so interesting.
Written May 4, 2016
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MungoDragons
Canberra36 contributions
A hidden gem!
Jan 2015 • Family
I first learnt of the existence of the Museum of Human Disease after stumbling across an interview with the Museum's Director, Derek Williamson, on ABC TV. It is located in the University of NSW Kensington campus and holds a collection of over 2000 specimens of diseased human tissue. If you ever wanted to see a cancerous lung or a gangrenous foot then this is the place for you. In fact, you can come face to face with pretty much every ailment that can kill you! This can be a little confronting at times and the super squeamish may struggle with some of the exhibits however the museum also has plenty of information and advice on simple life choices to help reduce your risk and guide you down the path of longevity.

My son and I spent a good two and a half hours there but easily could have stayed longer. On entry we were given an iPad with an interactive guide to the exhibits including audio commentary for some areas - this was incredibly useful and interesting as for most of the displays you had access to a summary of the background to the patient from which the organ/tissue/body part came from, including the symptoms they presented with and attempts at treatment. The guide contains a lot of medical terminology which was at times difficult for the layman (i.e. me!) to understand but that wasn't a huge issue, and there were plenty of staff around to answer questions.

When we visited they were running bionics workshops targeted at school kids and the group that was there at the time seemed to be having a lot of fun. There is also a neat virtual reality tour of a blood vessel using an Oculus Rift and which we were told will be progessively developed into a more comprehensive tour of the human body - visions of Fantastic Voyage!

Entry fees are very reasonable and getting to the museum is fairly straight forward - I drove and parked in a parking station on Botany Street (entry is via a road marked Gate 11). The top two levels are available for casual parking at the rate of $3 per hour. The musem is then just a short 3 minute walk away from the parking station. There are cafes on the campus not too far away from the musem for those who may want a bite to eat before or after their visit.
Written January 8, 2015
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Thanks for the review. We are glad you and your son were so intrigued by our specimens.
Written May 4, 2016
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