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Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, 630 St Kilda Road MELBOURNE Phone: 03 8517 5309 Visit Website

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History showcases 170 years of experimentation and development in the practice of anaesthesia.

Formed in 1946 from the personal collection of Dr Geoffrey Kaye, the then named “Museum of Anaesthetic Apparatus” was seen as an essential aspect of training for future anaesthetists. By documenting and examining equipment from the past, future anaesthetists would be better placed to understand and develop requirements for the future.

Our Collection

Today, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History continues to collect equipment and artefacts that help to explain the history of the practice of anaesthesia and its expanding place in contemporary medical practice. It is one of the largest and most diverse collections of anaesthetic equipment in the world.