The CALHN Health Museum houses a diverse range of historical medical objects, collections and archival records. Researchers can search a proportion of the collection online and can make an appointment to gain access to the full collection.


The Museum holds copies of publications and reference materials that explore the history of the Royal Adelaide Hospital from the very beginning of the institution. The history of the hospital portrayed within these publications covers topics such as nursing practice and education, development of the departments and buildings of the hospital, the development of patient care and services from colonial years, and the medical and nursing staff who helped this happen.

Here is a selection of these publications from the Museum collection which may be accessed by appointment.