Accessing the Humanities collections

Many of the Humanities Collection objects can be viewed online, in our exhibitions, or in exhibition loans to other organisations.

At present through to the end of February 2016, our ability to provide other kinds of access is limited by a major collection relocation project, increased demand for access prompted by First Peoples, and an upgrade to our Collections Online. Unfortunately this means we must prioritise collection access.

Collection access and image requests will therefore focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Indigenous Communities, depositors and donors.

Researchers, publishers and students should contact the museum from March 2016 for information on when their requests can be facilitated.

We appreciate your patience during the move, which will continue through to the end of February 2016.

Guidelines and application form for collection access requests

Application form for image access

Collection Loans

Loans to education, cultural or arts organisations will continue where possible, depending on levels of requests and the progress of the relocation project. Organisations are encouraged to contact the museum well in advance (12 months or more) to discuss feasibility of loans.


The program of repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Secret/Sacred Objects continues, and we will respond to all requests for information and repatriation promptly.

Research Questions

Our Discovery Centre can answer straightforward and curriculum-related requests. Curators and collection managers will address more complex enquiries on a case-by-case basis, and will indicate whether they can provide the information requested.