Specimens from the Museum of Human Disease

General public visits

Members of the general public can visit the Museum of Human Disease for a self-guided visit of our human tissue specimen collection. We have around 1,500 specimens on display with a catalogue of the specimens' histories and pathologies, as well as explanatory posters, displays and our friendly staff on hand to answer your questions.

Things to consider

  • Some individuals, children and cultural groups may be sensitive to the display of real human tissue. Please consider the suitability of this material when planning your visit.
  • No photography is permitted inside the museum.
  • No food or drinks are permitted inside the museum.

A map of the museum can be found here.

Locating the museum

  • If travelling by public transport, the most direct route is to take the L2 (Randwick) light rail and get off at the UNSW High Street stop. As you enter UNSW from High Street, walk straight ahead for about 100m and you will see the Samuels building on your left where the museum is located.
  • If you are driving, the closest visitor parking is the Botany St carpark (entrance via Gate 11). Parking details can be found here.

School excursions

The Museum of Human Disease welcomes thousands of high school students every year. Our acclaimed programs are syllabus-based and designed in conjunction with UNSW Academics and Pathologists.

If you are interested in an excursion for an age group other than those listed below, please contact our staff to discuss what the best option would be for you.


Once your visit is confirmed, we will send you PDF worksheets that you print for your students, as well as answer sheets for your reference.


Each one of our programs begin with a 25-45 minute presentation, facilitated by our museum staff. Our presentations are interactive and call on the students to actively participate. These presentations introduce students to the museum and give them a grounding for the activity that they will be doing here. 

The rest of each program is spent inside the museum, where students will engage with our specimen collection either through a quiz, a research task or activity stations. A description of each presentation and activity is below.

  • Hereditary and Genetic Change - This 25 minute presentation revises the fundamentals of genetics, including nomenclature, transcription, translation and the nature of inheritance. Inside the Museum, the students will work their way through 8 stations which focus on various topics, including inheritance, mutations, CRISPR and DNA plasmid design.

  • Infectious and Non-Infectious Disease - This 45 minute presentation covers three key disease processes, cirrhosis (alcohol and viral hepatitis induced cirrhosis), atherosclerosis (smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise induced) and tuberculosis (bacterial infection). Inside the Museum, students work through 24 multiple choice, short response and extended case-based questions. These questions focus on pathogens, adaptations of pathogens, epidemiology and public health.

  • Our Depth Study Primer program is designed to help your students gather information for their Depth Study assessment, and is flexible enough to complement most assessment types. This 30-minute presentation covers how disease is defined and how we research it. This includes a discussion on why we often use primary sources when researching disease, as well as the present dilemma with unreliable primary literature due to the rise of predatory journals. We also go through some of the technical terms they will come across when researching disease to make sure students are well equipped to conduct their in-depth research of a particular disease in the Museum.

    Inside the Museum students are given the freedom to pick a disease, case or organ to begin learning and researching these as they fill out their worksheet. We provide case histories, macroscopic descriptions and pathology knowledge to ensure students find a topic they are genuinely interested in and have the capacity to do some in-depth research into it at the Museum.

  • This 45-minute presentation covers topics from the HSC Core 1 – Health Priorities in Australia curriculum, with an emphasis is on lifestyle choices and their effect on the body. In the Museum students work through a range of multiple choice, short response and extended response questions. These questions focus on lifestyle, non-infectious disease and drug use.

  • This program covers areas within modules 5, 7 and 8 of the Investigating Science Syllabus. In the 30-minute presentation we cover research ethics, including the history, current practices and dilemmas facing research ethics in science, as well as evaluating primary and secondary sources, predatory journals and sample bias and sample size issues in science. Inside the Museum, students work through multiple choice, short response and extended critical thinking questions that are all linked to the syllabus. These questions focus on medical technology, peptic ulcer disease, vaccination, the scientific process, ethics and inflammation.

  • Infectious and Non-Infectious Disease and the History of Medicine - This 45-minute presentation focuses on the changes in medicine throughout history. This includes discussions on the use of leeches and trepanning, trends in disease over time and our understanding of how to control disease. Inside the Museum students work through a range of multiple choice and short response questions focusing on the history of disease, our changing understanding of disease and hygiene.

Teacher Professional Development Days

We are planning to restart our professional development days towards the end of 2023; please sign up to our "Teacher News" mailing list on the front page of this website to hear announcements on this or check the Resources page to find recordings of past sessions.


Opening hours

Weekdays: 10am - 4pm

Weekends: Closed

Public holidays: Closed


Adults - $10

Child - $5

Concession - $5
Include senior card, commonwealth pension cards, student cards.

Teachers & UNSW staff and students - Free

Find us here

Ground Floor Samuels Building UNSW, Sydney NSW 2052

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Educational visits

Price per student

2-hour session - $13
One program of your choosing 

4-hour session - $21
Two programs of your choosing

Teachers & Support staff - Free