Art & Design

Visit The Egyptian Mummy Room At Sydney’s Brand New Public Museum

By Sammy Preston
19th Nov 2020

The concrete front facade of the Chau Chack Wing Museum at Sydney University.

If you’re in need of a little art, science, history, or ancient culture inspo, make a plan to visit Sydney’s newest public museum.

The new Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney opened this week, and you'll find it opposite the university’s historic Harry Potter-esque quadrangle.

Inside the striking, almost brutalist JPW-designed concrete building is a vast collection of treasures to discover set across a roomy 2,000 square metres. 

"Our collections contain a remarkably diverse range of material from around the world,” said museum director David Ellis in a statement. “Some of the objects on display are well-known favourites, while others are on show for the first time in decades.”

Anyone who's watched Netflix's new doco Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb will be excited to hear the new museum features a custom-designed, dedicated Egyptian mummy room. It's now home to four mummies and reveals details of the museum’s Mummy Project, which has used amazing new tech to find out more about the lives of these ancient Egyptians. 

There's also a gallery filled with the university’s collection of art from First Nations Yolngu communities of eastern Arnhem land with special displays curated by First Nations Ambassadors.

There are also some Australian shark specimens that have not been shown since the 1930s, and also—if you love your vintage furniture—the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere.

With exhibitions covering natural history, photography, antiques, cultural artefacts, and more—the Chau Chak Wing Museum will be a place to blur the lines and expand your understanding on typically disparate ideas. On show at the moment are exhibitions exploring the link between Cubism and mathematics, the rise of photographic studios, and our enduring relationship with the ocean. 

And the best part? Entry is free. More details about the museum and its current exhibitions are here

For more epic stuff to do this weekend—jump over here

Image credit: Anthony Fretwell

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