Queensland Museum


The Queensland Museum is located in a newly renovated building in the Cultural Centre at Southbank in Brisbane.

Qld Museum Building

It also has affiliated centers in Brisbane and in other parts of Qld.

This offers a variety of exhibitions to delight people of all ages.

Admission to the general museum is free and it's open from 9.30 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas and Good Friday. However you will be charged admission to special exhibits.

There are the permanent exhibits featuring Aboriginal artwork. Discover Queensland, a 'Welcome to the Country' is another popular  exhibit.

The first permanent exhibit, the Dandiiri Maiwar exhibition, delves into the culture of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as other Aboriginal peoples across Australia.

The Discover Queensland exhibit shows life in the country through the years and the changes and challenges it has faced. There are also collections demonstrating prehistoric life and highlighting the stories and discoveries from Australia that have shed light on this period. 

Other Queensland Museums

Located nearby and associated with the Museum is the Sciencentre.

Admission for adults is about $13 and children $10.

To check admission prices, see the link to their website below for the latest info.

This is a great place to engage kids in the wonders of science. Topical examples are the displays exploring the different climates and ecosystems of Queensland.

Throughout the Sciencentre are interactive displays that will keep kids busy and enthralled while you do some serious catching up on what's been happening in science since you left school. The centre also an area displaying much of their exciting research projects. 

The Old Museum Building

The Old Museum Building, was originally founded in 1862 by the Queensland Philosophical Society. The museum moved to various places in the city until a permanent home was built for it in Bowen Hills, in 1891. It remained in that location until a purpose built museum was built in 1986 at South Bank.

© James Cridland  | Flickr - The Old Brisbane Museum Building

The new location for the Queensland Museum was included in the Queensland Cultural Centre precinct  in South Bank, and allowed for an expansion of the exhibits on show. This Heritage listed building is now officially known as the Old Museum and is a performance venue for various groups.

It is home to a number of organizations, including the Queensland Youth Orchestra, The Queensland Ballet, The Queensland Police Pipe and Drums and the Zen Zen Zo Theatre Company, who put on regular performances there. 

Beyond ... Workshops Rail Museum Ipswich

Another of Queensland Museum's associates is the Workshops Rail Museum, winner of the Tourist Attraction Category in the Queensland Tourism awards for the past 2 years.

If there's a rail enthusiast in your family, this is a must see, with its 15 exhibits and interactive displays on the rail system of Queensland, past and present, and films on the advances of trains throughout Queensland. The Museum also has the oldest steam locomotive still working in Australia.

© Robert Astley  | Flickr - The Railway Workshops Museum at Ipswich

Throughout the year there are special exhibitions including the Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine. The timing of the Day Out changes each year but it's great for kids, with activities and characters visiting throughout the day, and worth visiting if you're in town when it's on, see the link below for latest information.

Also located on the grounds is the Trackside Cafe, open for lunch and snacks throughout the day, but if you prefer to bring your own food there's a picnic area on site is. The Workshops Rail Museum, located in Ipswich a 40 minute drive from Brisbane, is open from 9.30 to 5pm daily.

The Cobb & Co Museum is located in Toowoomba, about a 2 hour drive west of Brisbane. Opened in 1987 and featuring a collection of carriages and artifacts from the pre-car era.

It houses the National Carriage Collection and runs workshops educating guests on old-time industry. If you've ever wanted to build your own carriage, here's where you can learn blacksmithing and leather work.

There's a play area specifically for kids, which will keep them entertained throughout the day while you're playing too. A coffee shop onsite serves drinks and snacks while the museum is open, which is 10am to 4pm daily with guided tours starting at 10.30am.

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Another affiliate of the Queensland Museum is the Museum of Tropical Queensland, located in Townsville, a 12 hour drive north of Brisbane or a short 1 hour flight. Townsville is the largest city in Northern Queensland and it has many other attractions to make it worth the trip. The museum highlights the flora and fauna of the tropical region and the changes that have occurred in the past.

It's also home to the HMS Pandora Gallery, which explores the story of HMS Pandora and its voyage to try and capture HMS Bounty, after the famous mutiny. Throughout the museum you'll also find artifacts from old diving equipment and marine equipment.

There's an interactive display for children, called MindZone, where they can play and learn at the same time. It is open from 9.30 to 5pm each day. The museum's cafe is open from 10 to 3 daily and serves drinks and light meals.

If art and culture are your thing, also visit Queensland Art Gallery, QPAC, and Powerhouse. For more up-to-date information about the Museum, visit the Queensland Museum Website.

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