Where is it: North Ipswich, only 10 minutes’ drive from Ipswich CBD
What's it all about: One of the great museums in Queensland's Museum Network - dedicated to rail workers and the history of rail in Queensland!
How can I join in: The museum is open daily and is an easy drive from Brisbane so head along at any time, or keep an eye on their website for special programs!
Tell me more: The Workshops Rail Museum is a really fun place to visit at any time, but for kids, it's especially fun when they have their special programs on, like Day out with Thomas! They also have special school holiday activities, Easter and Christmas events and many more throughout the year! The museum is situated on and in the actual workshops and rail yards that constructed and maintained much of Queensland's early rail network! There are a number of actual trains that you can get up close to, heaps of historical artefacts and lots of memorabilia. The kids will love the dedicated play areas, and the whole museum is really spread out so you can relax as you wander around at your own pace! A really fun day out for the whole family!
Amenities: Full amenities including a café - picnics are welcomed too! 👍👍👍👍👍
Cost: Reasonably priced and a good deal on annual passes! 👍👍👍
Parking: More than enough parking available - some of the event days do get busy though! 👍👍👍👍
Access: Access has been considered and ramps added to all areas of the museum! 👍👍👍👍
Entertainment: The special programs have some really good entertainment on offer! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Little kids and adults should enjoy this one! 👍👍👍
Summary: We keep coming back to this museum! The kids always find something here to entertain themselves with, and we just love that there's so much space to wander around in - it just feels so relaxing! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Look out for the special programs - they make the visit so much more worthwhile!
A day out with Thomas June - July
A Room for Wild Animals
Where is it: Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane!
What's it all about: An excellent and very comprehensive museum which hosts fantastic touring exhibitions! It’s one of Brisbane’s favourite places!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum one of Brisbane’s (and Queensland’s) most loved destinations! It showcases a wide range of exhibits and millions of specimens and artifacts of natural history, cultural heritage and human achievement to give visitor’s a glimpse of the history of Queensland – everything from dinosaurs through to contemporary events! It’s part of the South Bank precinct and it’s a ‘must-see’ for both those visiting Brisbane as well as the locals. General admission to the museum is free as well so it’s a fantastic way to have a look at and learn about the history of Brisbane! For a fee you can also have a look at the Sciencentre (temporarily closed at the moment) which is housed within the museum and is heaps of fun for the kids as they can get hands-on while they learn about the science that impacts them daily – it’s always a fun visit!
Queensland Museum also plays host to amazing, world class temporary exhibitions as well – ‘Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives’ (a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum) features more than 200 amazing artefacts (some over 4000 years old!) from ancient Egypt – telling the stories of those living in Egypt many years ago and of course as with anything featuring the word ‘mummies’, it’s super popular with the kids!
The museum always caters for the younger visitors by having specific programs on and activities to make it more engaging for the little visitors – our little guys always love a visit to the museum! Check out their website to see a full program of their current activities!
Amenities: This is a fantastic facility and the amenities are great – as expected! There is a café and gift shop here as well!
Parking: Paid parking is available which is relatively good value compared to other city parking options!
Access: Good access throughout and lifts from carpark to museum levels!
Best for: There truly is something for everyone here!
Summary: We spend a lot of time here at the Queensland Museum – it’s one of our favourite places and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Old Petrie Town, about an hour's drive north of Brisbane CBD
What's it all about: A nice and quiet little heritage museum that’s great for kids and adults of all ages!
How can I join in: Come along anytime or check their website to see what special programs and exhibitions they have on!
Tell me more: Set amongst the fascinating village of Old Petrie Town, with its multitude of old colonial buildings, you will find the Pine Rivers Museum - a great idea to get the kids connected to the region's heritage! The museum hosts a number of permanent exhibitions as well as special programs and the exhibits are always well presented and fascinating! Our little guys loved seeing the old toys on display - it's amazing to think that these old toys still attract the youngsters - even today with all the technology on offer today, kids just want to be kids and will find entertainment in anything! It's a really worthwhile visit out to Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, even better when you plan your visit to catch one of the special programs!
Amenities: Full amenities on offer - a little café as well! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of free on-site parking! 👍👍👍👍
Access: Good access for both pram and wheelchair! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: The special programs are great, and the museum has something for everyone! 👍👍👍
Best for: All ages! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Not too much to see here! 👍👍
Summary: A nice little museum that's well worth a visit. The fact that it's within Old Petrie Town is an added bonus as you can take in the sights of the old buildings as well! 👍👍👍
Hints: Check the website for special programs and opening times!
Last exhibition visited
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Brisbane Family Explorers