Museum Tours and Rare Diseases?

Located in Kensington, New South Wales, the heart of Sydney, is the Museum of Human Disease.

You can find over 2,700 specimens of disease filled human tissue.

What to Know When Visiting

If you’re planning a visit to witness firsthand all of the interesting pathology that’s been studied, get excited for the low cost of touring. You’ll find that it’s only a $10 charge per adult to go through the museum and enjoy the historical platform. Teachers, UNSW staff and students get in for free, and holiday and event programs run year round. Being the only publicly accessible medical pathology collection, you’re certain to learn a thing or two.  

The museum originally opened in the 1960s to provide education to the public, regarding the importance of managing your health and lifestyle choices. Viewing displays, you’ll find diseases that no longer exist, are rare and reflect changes in our society in the present-day, as well as potential future threats when visiting. Learning about all of the diseases we have faced and are facing, gives you the upper hand at knowing your enemies. 

Rare Findings at The Museum of Human Disease

You may find specimens obtained via autopsy or a surgical removal while walking around. Each display offers information on abnormalities, history and clinical descriptions that are available. From inflammation of a gallbladder to brain tumors, heart attacks and close-ups of chronic ulcers – there are plenty of organs on display to showcase the impact we have on our bodies as well as diseases. Learn about unique diseases from around the world and what we’ve accomplished in curing them.

Before planning your visit, check out the interactive images offered by the museum online. 

You may want to leave the cameras and snacks at home though, as they are not permitted inside the museum. You can choose to settle for concessions close by, or branch out to various restaurants in the city to enjoy after finishing your tour and learning all of the amazing ways the pathology field progresses daily. 

Sources: 

Interactive Images and history – http://web.med.unsw.edu.au/pathmus/default.htm

Pricing, general rules, and booking – https://www.diseasemuseum.med.unsw.edu.au/visiting

Take a Ride Through Time at the Sydney Bus Museum

Looking for a bit of historical fun on your trip to Sydney?

The Sydney Bus Museum is home to a collection of retired buses that date back to the 1920s. What’s even better than that… You can ride them!

Here’s what you need to know:

The Museum Basics

Headed up by a team of history-loving volunteers, the Sydney Bus Museum is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm. With your entry ticket, you get all-day access to the museum and unlimited rides for the day on the running buses. The bus ride takes visitors 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to the Queen Victoria Building and then loops back to the museum in Leichhardt.

What’s in the Collection?

There are twenty-six New South Wales (NSW) government buses, eighteen buses that were previously privately owned and operated, and fourteen additional international buses and smaller vehicles such as tow trucks and training cabs.

The oldest bus in the collection is the Ruggles from 1924. The Ruggles was operated as a private bus by The Riley Brothers until it was retired in 1946. It took on a new life as a food truck in the 1960s and 1970s and was unused for some time until its discovery and restoration by the museum in 1978.

Buy a Piece of History

The museum gift shop has the usual items you’d expect such as model trains and collectible t-shirts, but this “Bus Shop” offers so much more. There are many original historical pieces for sale such as vintage signs, ticket machines, destination rolls, and conductor bags. Check the website for the latest items available as they are subject to change.

Volunteers 

“Working together as a team to preserve and promote Sydney’s road transport history.”

The mission of the museum is clear, and the volunteers work together to make it all possible. Every position, from the drivers and conductors, to the guides and administration, is filled on a volunteer basis. Each volunteer follows a strict code of conduct with the aim of preserving these wonderful historical treasures.

The Sydney Bus Museum is definitely worth the trip, so be sure to plan ahead to view and ride these historical buses.