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 artefacts 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 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. One of our favourites is the ‘Prehistoric Monsters exhibit which displays amazing fossilised creatures from the past that called our oceans home. The fossil displays were amazing, with really great information provided as well as a few interactive exhibits as well.
A previous exhibit that we visited was ‘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 was super popular with the kids!
The museum 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 here in Brissy and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Sea Monsters (Nov-May 2021)
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane
What's it all about: A fun and educational program aimed at children!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum is one of our favourite spots – little kids are so inquisitive, sometimes it seems that it’s impossible to quench their thirst for learning, so a museum is the perfect place to satisfy their curiosity! But sometimes a museum might seem a little intimidating for our littlest explorers – so the guys at Queensland Museum have come up with a super fun program for the little guys – Discovery Day, aimed at ages 2 – 6! There are heaps of things to get involved in to give the little guys a different view of science, engineering and the museum, including dancing and crafts, and as well as that the museum is always entertaining and intriguing! Plus it’s free!
Where is it: Grey Street, South Brisbane
Why we love it: A great way to make such an awesomely interesting place just a little more interesting!
Tell me more:
We love visiting the Queensland museum, so if there's an opportunity to make a special visit after hours we just had to go along! Held at various times throughout the year (including one of our favourite times of the year, Halloween!) - the museum opens its doors to a limited number of patrons to go on a guided tour through the museum, including special themes, exhibitions and added extras! It's always a fun place to visit, so with a little more to entertain, amaze and educate us it ends up being an incredible experience! You need tickets for these nights, so head along to the Queensland Museum to find out when their next night at the museum is being held, get your tickets and enjoy!
A Night at the Museum Halloween 2017
Where is it: Nationwide
What's it all about: Running annually over a week during August, Science Week is an annual celebration and promotion of all things science! It hopes to acknowledge all those achievements in science and also provide an opportunity to encourage involvement in science!
How can I join in: Heaps of events are scheduled throughout the week! You might expect that every university will have something planned, but it would also be worthwhile checking out museums, libraries and schools!
Tell me more: Our little kids love seeing science shows! There are heaps of events on through the week and it's almost guaranteed that museums will have something planned - previously we've been along to great events at Redlands Museum and the Queensland Museum! There are always heaps of hands on activities and experiments (can't have science week without experiments!) and explanation for the kids - through science week activities they've built bridges, kites, giant bubbles, seen some really cool experiments and have even had the chance look at the moon! We always try to get along to see as many events during Science Week as we can - the hardest thing to do is to plan out our week so that we can fit everything in! And while you're not tied up with the science displays museums are always great value for the kids with all their normal displays!
Queensland Museum 2017
Redland Museum 2016
Where is it: Museums all over the world!
What's it all about: It's a day where heaps of museums around the world throw open their doors to the public to better highlight the importance of museums in society!
How can I join in: Check out your favourite museum to see what's on! Or better yet, try visiting a museum that you've never been to!
Tell me more: Every year around the 18 May, museums around the world take part in International Museum Day! There will often be free entry and special activities, and generally all museums will be coordinating around a set theme! There are some great museums in and around Brisbane, so keep an eye on their programs to see what's on offer. It's a great opportunity get to a museum - there's sure to be something of interest for everyone!
International Museum Day at Queensland Museum 2017
Brisbane Family Explorers