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Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Nicholson Museum

Nicholson Museum

Nicholson Museum

The Nicholson Museum is home to the largest ancient historical collection of Australia. The collection includes ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and the Near East. The museum has a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibition areas within its gallery.

Exhibits of the Nicholson Museum

Nicholson Museum

  • Museums:      Nicholson Museum
  • City:               Sydney
  • Founded:       1860
  • Type:              Historical Museum
  • Location:        University of Sydney, Manning Rd, Camperdown NSW

Explore the Nicholson Museum

  • Figurine of Aphrodite
    • This Figurine of Aphrodite is only 11 centimetres high and missing its head and limbs. However, she is a masterpiece in the classical depiction of the female form and a beautiful representation of the human body. Mythological tradition claims that Aphrodite was born naked in the sea foam off the coast of a Greek island and Hellenistic sculptors leapt at this tradition to experiment with the naked female form. The torso of this figurine is twisted slightly by the contrapposto pose, with all weight on the raised left hip and straightened left leg, her right breast turned slightly. This form was popular for centuries.
  • Figure of Apollo
    • This figure of Apollo represents one of the most important of the Olympian gods in classical Greek and Roman religion and mythology. Apollo was the ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), he was identified as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and more. The muscular body and the slim waist of this figure demonstrate the Greek desire for health and the physical capacity which was necessary for the challenging Greek environment. The many statues of Apollo embody beauty, balance and inspire awe before the beauty of the world.
  • Sculpture of Hermes
    • This Sculpture of Hermes is larger-than-life-size and carved from white marble, the surface of which is deeply weathered. The grooves on the surface of the statue had been caused by its having lain for many years submerged in running water of a stream. The statue is a copy of an earlier ancient masterpiece, tracing its roots back to a famous statue of Hermes sculpted by the 4th century BC artist Praxiteles. The muscular body and the slim waist portrays the Greek ideal and may have functioned initially as a grave marker.

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…
and then we return home.”

– Australian Aboriginal saying

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Photo Credit: JOM

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