Accessing the Humanities collections

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

During 2014-15, 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 and we may not be able to fulfil all requests. We can only accept applications for accessing collection images and physical objects from donors, Aboriginal and Indigenous communities, and graduate students and academic researchers.

Some collections will not be accessible for extended periods, and researchers are encouraged to contact us with as much notice as possible so that we can facilitate access wherever we can.

Guidelines for collection access requests

Application form for collection access

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.