Using the Archives

What to expect when you visit the Archives or enquire online.

Our Service

If you would like to come into the Archives, we are open by appointment from 9am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, due to our limited staff there will be times when there is no archives service available. Contact us in advance before planning your visit.

If you are contacting us online, we will try to reply to your enquiry within three weeks. Please note that we do not supply images for commercial use.


The Museum's institutional archives are public records and access to them is provided under the provisions of the NSW State Records Act, 1998. We make every attempt to provide access to our holdings, however access to records may be restricted due to to confidentiality, special restricted access provisions and the fragility or condition of some of our holdings. There may also be donor conditions placed on collected papers.

We will try to make you aware of any restrictions before you visit.

Our holdings

We are a natural history and anthropology Museum. General questions about Australian history may be better sent to the National Museum of Australia, NSW State Records or the State Library of NSW.

Research services

We provide a limited reference service. If you cannot visit the archives in person or your enquiry is likely to require detailed research assistance, we suggest you engage a researcher to help you. Lists of professional researchers are available from the Professional Historians Association of NSW and the Australian Society of Genealogists.

If you are looking for information about the history of the Museum, its buildings, activities and some of the people who have worked here, check our website first.



Vanessa Finney , Manager, Archives and Records
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