Unfotunately there are not too many places to see Nihonto in Australia (other than meeting with fellow collectors). The Art Gallery of NSW is the standout exhibition of Japanese swords and fittings in Australia. Some of the other places below might also be of interest.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 1800 679 278
Open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day

The Art Gallery NSW has a great exhibition of Japanese swords and fittings in the East Asian Gallery on the ground floor. Although the Art Gallery of NSW itself has a relatively small range of nihonto related items, several collectors from Melbourne have got together (under the administration of Mr Colin McDonald) and generously loaned some of their swords and fittings for display. Items are changed over every 6 months or so. Well worth checking out if you’re in Sydney.



Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street Ultimo
Sydney NSW 1238
Tel: (02) 9217 0111
Open every day of the year except Christmas Day

A search on their website shows 160+ tsuba, most of which come from the collection of Christian Rowe Thornett (1879-1972). There are also around 15 x swords and some armour listed.

Museum Victoria
Nicholson St., Carlton
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 13 11 02
Open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day

Although no Japanese swords, fittings or armour is on display in the museum itself they do have a number of interesting items in their off-site warehouse (located in Coburg). Bookings can be made with the museum.

Armour Antiques
200 Moorabool Street
Geelong VIC 3220

This interesting shop is run by Mr Graeme Acton and has all sorts of militaria for sale. Graeme has a few composite suits of armour and some nihonto and tosogu on display.

Western Australian Museum
Perth Cultural Centre
James Street
Perth, Western Australia, 6000
Tel: (08) 9212 3700
Open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

The nihonto collection at the WA museum has been well documented by Mr George Trotter in his book “Japanese Swords and Fittings in the Western Australian Museum” (2002). Most of the items come from the collections of Major Simon Cool and Colonel G F Wieck. Very little is available in the museum itself. Visitors should book in advance to see the Cool/Wieck collection.