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The Chau Chak Wing Museum is free to visit! But that’s not the best news for Sydney’s newest museum, which opened just this week in the middle of the University of Sydney. The purpose-built space, designed by Sydney-based design studio Johnson Pilton Walker, now houses three distinct collections that, until now, were showcased separately and in no way near their entirety. The exhibition space, having now tripled to 2000-square-metres, has allowed the University of Sydney to display a huge slice of their 400,000-plus strong collection of items. So much so that on opening day there were 2252 objects that had never before been exhibited and another 70% that had been kept sealed and safely stored for the past two decades. There are even four Australian shark specimens that haven’t been on display since the 1930s. However, possibly the most exciting news coming out of the Chau Chak Wing Museum is the dedicated Mummy room. The remains of the four mummies will now reside side-by-side each other. Although entry is free, during current Covid restrictions, visitors must book ahead. Do so here.

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PHOTO CREDIT@ccwm_sydney and Chantel Le Cross