Accessing the Humanities collections

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

We prioritise physical and research access to collections for source communities, donors, researchers, tertiary students and borrowing cultural institutions. Our capacity to provide physical access to collections for people with informal personal interests is limited.

Indigenous Cultures Collections

Collection access for Indigenous Cultures collections is further limited due to the volume of requests and the resources available to grant them. We are therefore giving priority to granting access requests from Aboriginal and Indigenous communities.

For all other requests, including requests by researchers, publishers and students – please contact the museum from 1 March 2017 for information on when your request can be facilitated.

We appreciate your patience. As our resources improve, we will be more responsive to a range of access services.

Guidelines and application form for collection access requests

Application form for image access

Collection Loans

Organisations are encouraged to contact the museum well in advance (preferably 12 months or more) to discuss potential loans.

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.