Frequently Asked Questions

Who has access to the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology?

Access to and from the museum is via swipe card only. Current Anatomy and Pathology students have regular access (with their student cards) between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Students’ cards will not allow them entry to or exit from the museum outside of these hours. Students risk being locked in the museum if they do not leave by 5.30pm.

Unauthorised entry to this museum is prohibited and failure to present an authorized student card or casual access card will result in you being asked to leave and the possibility of future access revoked. Similarly, if you allow access to someone who is not authorized to be in this area, you may have your own access revoked.

VCE groups and other groups working or studying related disciplines can arrange museum tours.  Similarly, entitled groups can arrange access through the museum curator. Other casual visitors can arrange access via the museum curator. Casual access is usually granted to students or visitors who have a legitimate study related purpose for visiting the museum.


Why is access restricted?

Access to the museum is restricted, due to the sensitivity of the collection.  Majority of the collection consists of real human remains. These human remains are obtained through the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience’s Body Donor Program. These donors enable the advancement of medical science and appropriate respect must be shown at all times, therefore the museum is to be used for legitimate study and learning purposes.


Is photography or video recording allowed?

The taking of photographs, videos or images of any kind is STRICTLY PROHIBITED in this museum.

It is a condition of entry to the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology that you do not take photographs or operate a video recorder. A breach of this condition will result in being banned from the premises and may result in equipment being confiscated. Students may be subject to additional disciplinary action.


Is food and/or drink permitted in the museum?

Food is NOT permitted within the museum due to health and safety requirements. Drinks within a sealable container are allowed in the museum. Please remember to take your rubbish with you when you leave.


Are mobile phones permitted in the museum?

Mobile phones are permitted in the museum, however, if you do receive a call whilst in the museum, please show consideration to fellow students and other visitors and temporarily leave the museum to carry out your conversation.


What do we do in the event of an emergency?

In the event of an evacuation, emergency exits are found at the eastern end of the main museum and at south-eastern and south-western ends of the museum annexe. Be aware that a lecture may be in progress in the Frederic Wood Jones Theatre and that in an emergency, the rear door of this lecture theatre is also used as an exit.

The emergency number x46666 can be called from the telephone attached to the wall in both museums.