IMPORTANT NOTICE ON MUSEUM CLOSURE
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum of Human Disease is only open to booked school groups. Teachers can book an in-person or virtual visit to the museum using the buttons above.
The museum remains closed to the general public until further notice. In the meantime, you can check out our online virtual museum experience here.
Welcome to the Museum of Human Disease
The Museum of Human Disease contains over 2,500 disease human tissue specimens. Our comprehensive collection demonstrates hundreds of diseases and their complications including HIV/AIDs, cancer, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, genetic diseases and the effects of drugs.
The Museum contains examples of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Some diseases such as typhoid and diphtheria are now quite rare in Australia due to vaccination and public health programs. Other infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis still remain as major problems within the community. Many diseases associated with lifestyle are also available to view and provide great evidence of the impact of unhealthy lifestyle factors. The Museum houses exhibits on smoking, obesity, alcohol, drugs and mental health.