ADAQ Museum of Dentistry

ADAQ holds one of the largest collections about dentistry in Queensland, tracking the evolution of the art of dentistry: a dental 'cabinet of curiosities' offering a glimpse of what it was like to practice, and receive dental treatment. This reflection is important to better understand oral health issues today and the dynamics of this field, at both ends of the drill. 


ADAQ's Museum of Dentistry (MoD) can be an important educational tool for dental professionals and the public on the evolution of dentistry and oral health. The need ‘to preserve the dental history of Queensland for posterity’ is also enshrined in the ADAQ’s Constitution (2.1.9) and the effective preservation of its collections remains a strategic objective for ADAQ.

The ADAQ Dental History Preservation Committee is cataloguing the organisation’s historical archives and artefacts collections, so they'll be available to members, researchers and the wider public very soon.

Do you have an item to donate or you'd like to help out? Or perhaps you have a dental story to tell? Get involved!

Explore our collection

The museum collection includes: dentures and models, terrifying extraction keys and other hand tools, ornate foot-powered drills in perfect working order, an 1870s Swan-armed recliner chair, a 1920s Ritter A x-ray machine, travelling cabinets packed with various equipment and preparations for dental treatment, and much more.

The Association's archives tell the history of dental practice, policy and education across Queensland through council minutes, publications, lecture notes and textbooks, oral health leaflets and information kits for patients.

A small exhibition is now open for viewing at the MoD display area, Christensen House, 24 Hamilton Place, Bowen Hills - by appointment only in 2021. View the collection on our eHive online catalogue platform, or explore further below to learn more.

Contact details

Interested in volunteering, donations, visits or other enquiries? Please get in touch with the ADAQ Dental History Committee!

22-28 Hamilton Place
07 3252 9866

ADAQ Museum of Dentistry on eHive 

Collection highlights

Dental extraction keys

Object number: D88

Five dentures - 1680s to 1940s

Object number: D122

Menu, Queensland Odontological Society Annual Dinner 1907

Object number: D69

Articulated teaching model, showing dental disease

Object number: D20

Claudius Ash & Co. n.2 Travelling dental engine

Object number: D33

Ash hypodermic syringe with needles and mounts

Object number: D64

Featured Articles

Quite comfortable? Evolution of the dental chair

Commercially manufactured chairs were not available until the 1850s

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And... rinse!

The awkward invitation for patients to swish and spit is a welcome sign that time in the dentist's chair is up...

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Evolution of dental knowledge

For millennia, humans believed magic was the only toothache cure; as it turns out, fighting teeth troubles does not need supernatural powers...

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Queensland dentists' service in the army dental corps WWII

How did WW2 affect Queensland dentists?

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