Henry Forman Atkinson

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum is the oldest and most significant dental collection in Australia. The museum aims to collect, conserve, manage, exhibit, and promote the material culture relating to the development of dentistry and dental education in Victoria. It also aims to encourage access, research and engagement in order to promote further understanding of the development of the profession including its striving to improve the standard of dental education, dental health and dental care within Australia.

The Museum is named after Professor Henry Forman Atkinson, who held various positions at the University of Melbourne from 1953 to 2016 and was Dean of the Faculty of Dental Science from 1968 to 1978.  While teaching at the Australian College of Dentistry Professor Atkinson developed an interest in the museum, and upon retirement he devoted his time to cataloguing the collection, researching and writing about the history of dentistry in Australia. He continued his involvement with the museum until his death on 5 January 2016.


Jacqueline Healy Senior Curator

Professor John Clement Honorary Curator

Museum Management Committee


Professor Mike Morgan
Head, Melbourne Dental School


Professor Julie Satur  
Professor In Oral Health Therapy, Melbourne Dental School

Professor John Clement  
Chair Of Forensic Odontology, Melbourne Dental School

Dr Rita Hardiman  
Senior Lecturer In Oro-facial Anatomy, Melbourne Dental School

Dr Jacqueline Healy
Senior Curator, Medical History Museum and Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum

Dr Jeremy Graham  
Senior Lecturer, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, La Trobe University

Ms Susie Shears  
Coordinator, Cultural Collections, University of Melbourne

Ms Patricia Murray  
Manager, Melbourne Schools of Dental, Psychology A, School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne


University of Melbourne
720 Swanston Street
Carlton 3053 Victoria

The museum is located on the ground floor of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, opposite the main University tram stop.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.00pm

Closed Weekends