The Museum of Human Disease contains nearly 1,500 diseased human tissue specimens. Our comprehensive collection demonstrates hundreds of diseases and their complications including HIV/AIDs, cancer, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, genetic diseases and the effects of drugs.
After three years closed to the general public, we are very pleased to start offering short public sessions from Monday 5th December 2022. These sessions will be available on weekday afternoons and must be pre-booked. Click here to book for January and February 2023. Click here to book for March and April 2023.
We plan on a full reopening from May 2023.
The museum contains examples of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Some diseases such as typhoid and diphtheria are now quite rare in Australia due to vaccination and public health programs. Other infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis still remain as major problems within the community. Many diseases associated with lifestyle are also available to view and provide great evidence of the impact of unhealthy lifestyle factors. The museum houses exhibits on smoking, obesity, alcohol, drugs and mental health.
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The Museum of Human Disease is located at UNSW in Kensington. Our museum houses over 2,500 diseased human tissues specimens.
A collection of resources on human diseases.
The UNSW Museum of Human Disease offers a range of specialised preservation services for existing specimens which may have been damaged or have fallen into disrepair.