Museum of Human Disease

The Museum was established in the early 1960s by Professor Donald Wilhelm, the Foundation Professor of Pathology at this University. Since 1996, the role of the Museum of Human Disease has been expanded to include the education of senior high school science/biology students and community interest groups (of 10 or more people), with an emphasis on the prevention of common diseases.

The Donald Wilhelm Museum of Human Disease is located on the ground floor of the Samuels Building within the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


The Museum contains over 2,700 specimens, which display diseased tissue at the macroscopic level, preserved in formalin. Specimens are obtained from organs removed surgically or from tissue obtained at autopsy, where the natural history of disease is in full view.

In order to protect the collection of specimens, access to the Museum is restricted to students enrolled in Medicine by swipe card access during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

External visitor groups of 10 or more are accepted for visits between 9am - 5pm but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. There is a limit of 50 per booking.