Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland.
The Queensland Museum is the state museum of Queensland, Australia. The museum currently operates four separate campuses; at South Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Townsville.The museum is funded by the State Government of Queensland.
The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world – past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs.
Behind the scenes, the Museum is home to millions of objects, specimens and artefacts that tell the changing story of Queensland.
A popular destination for South East Queenslanders as well as visitors from around Australia and overseas, the Museum has welcomed over 10 million visitors since it was established at its current site at South Bank over 20 years ago.
Part of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, Queensland Museum is within walking distance of the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the State Library of Queensland. The Cultural Precinct sits alongside South Bank, a vibrant mix of parkland, recreational and commercial space on the Brisbane River across from the Central Business District.
The Queensland Museum now operates at a number of locations.
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre:
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre is located at South Brisbane at the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct alongside the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Queensland Museum connects visitors to Queensland, its people and their stories of the past, present and future.
Popular exhibitions include travelling shows from Australia and around the world as well as fascinating exhibitions revealing the story of Queensland, including its incredible prehistoric past, the “Dandiiri Maiwar” exhibition showcasing the cultures of Queensland’s Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and exhibitions revealing Queensland’s unique biodiversity.
The Museum is also a world-class research facility in the fields of biodiversity, geoscience and cultural history.
Queensland Museum is home to the Sciencentre, which offers hands-on, interactive activities for kids and grown-ups alike that reveal the science behind our everyday lives.
Workshops Rail Museum:
The Workshops Rail Museum opened in August 2002 and is housed in the North Ipswich Railway Workshops. The collection includes 15 items of rolling stock and thousands of smaller items. Some operational steam locomotives from the Queensland Rail Heritage Fleet are often placed on display within the museum when not required for main line use.
Cobb & Co Museum:
In 1987, when the Queensland Museum required more room to display its horse-drawn coaches and carriages, the museum opened its Cobb & Co Museum campus in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Cobb+Co Museum is home to the National Carriage Collection. The museum’s collection includes examples of a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls Royce of Carriages, the landau.
Cobb+Co Museum run a heritage workshops program. Workshops include blacksmithing, silversmithing, leadlighting and leatherwork.
Museum of Tropical Queensland:
The Museum of Tropical Queensland is located in Townsville. The star attraction is the HMS Pandora gallery. Sent to catch the famous HMS Bounty and her mutinous crew, the Pandora sank off the coast of Cape York in 1791. Hundreds of artefacts have been recovered from the wreck and are on display.
The most popular area for kids is the MindZone, an interactive science centre. Other galleries celebrate the rainforest, corals and marine creatures from the deep sea and fossil past.