Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Brisbane
Conveniently located in the centre of town in Brisbane City Hall,
this is a particular good place to spend a spare hour or two while
learning about the Sunshine State’s capital. The ground-floor museum
portrays the social history of the city; its changing art and social
history exhibitions have included entries in the Lord Mayor’s
photographic awards. Look out for the ground-floor art gallery, a tower
housing one of Australia’s largest civic clocks, and the observation
platform with superb city views. Entry fees apply.
Contact: (07) 3403 8888. Location: Brisbane City Hall, King George Sq. Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Website
The Old Commissariat Store
The Old Commissariat Store is the birthplace of the city of
Brisbane. Anyone tracing back the history of Brisbane will ultimately
end up right here – at the city’s oldest surviving building. Since
occupation by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland in 1981, the
Commissariat Store has been used as a museum, research centre, as a
venue for RHSQ activities such as conferences and meetings.
Contact: (07) 3221 4198. Location: 115 William Street, Brisbane.
New South Wales colonial Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, after whom
the city was named, established Australia’s first significant
observatory and was responsible for the first extensive mapping of the
southern sky. The Planetarium’s Cosmic Skydome is a giant screen that
displays digital feature shows.
Contact: (07) 3403 2578. Website. Location: within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha.
Old Government House is recognised as one of Queensland’s most
important heritage sites. The building recently underwent a $15 million
restoration and is now open to the public as a House museum. Visit the
house to get an insight into colonial life in the early days of
Queensland. Old Government House is also home to the William Robinson
Location: Qld University of Technology Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane. Ph: (07) 3138 8005.
Located at Police Headquarters, the Queensland Police Museum details
some of the city’s most notorious crimes. There are 25 displays
including those describing police heritage, Queensland crimes, police
investigative techniques, medals, police women, operational equipment
and transport, among others.
The Museum is run by ex Postmaster General’s Department employees
who worked with the equipment on display during their telecommunication
career. Several exhibits are ‘hands on’ with working manual and
automatic phone exchanges, Morse code sets and working pairs of
teleprinters (TELEX machines).
The Macarthur Museum introduces visitors to a critical time in
Brisbane’s history – the dark days of World War II. Visitors can
experience Brisbane during the dark years of 1942 to 1944 – when
streets were lined with air-raid shelters, and warships and submarines
crowded the banks of the Brisbane River. The museum is situated in the
very offices where General Douglas MacArthur planned the Allied
campaigns in the South-West Pacific and his famous, ‘I shall
return’ campaign for the recapture of the Philippines. Entry fees
Contact: (07) 3211 7052. Location: Level 8, Macarthur Chambers, Cnr Edward and Queen Streets, Brisbane. Website
Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying
A source of heritage information about land, surveying and mapping
history, the Museum is managed and staffed by the Department of Natural
Resources and Water and is an arm of the larger statewide Queensland
Museum. Themes of displays include early mapping of Australia, life as
a surveyor, progression of the various mapping strains, aboriginal
cartography, place names, instruments used and printing procedures.
Animations of Queensland settlement expansion and the formation of
Australian States are viewable.
Location: Level 1, Landcentre building, cnr Main and Vulture Sts., Woolloongabba, Qld. Website
New Farm is home to the Brisbane Powerhouse, the former electric
tramway power station which has now been turned into a premier
performing arts space. The Powerhouse is also home to the trendy Watt
restaurant. An arts and cultural hub, the venue offers an array of
performing arts, visual arts, festivals, and free community events.
As its name suggests, this precinct, situated on the opposite bank
to the Brisbane CBD alongside the South Bank precinct, is the central
hub of cultural activity in Brisbane. The complex includes the
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC); Queensland Museum; State
Library of Queensland; Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
The Museum is of the greatest interest to visitors, its displays
have a distinct Queensland flavour, its special features focusing on
the cultures of the peoples of the Torres Strait Islands, dinosaur
remains found in Queensland and the fish and animals found on the land
and in the seas of Queensland. These include three full size model
whales hanging from the ceiling of a walkway outside the Museum. Free
Sciencentre offers an exciting, interactive and experience-rich
environment that is contemporary, user-friendly and inspiring for all
Queensland Art Gallery | Queensland Gallerty of Modern Art
Features collection of Australian and international paintings,
sculptures, decorative art objects and works on paper. South Brisbane.
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is the Queensland Art Gallery’s
second building, and is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary
art in Australia. It complements the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
building, situated only 150 metres away. Queensland’s Gallery of Modern
Art also houses Australia’s first purpose built cinematheque.
Location; Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101. Ph (07) 3840 7303. Website
Queensland Maritime Museum
Queensland Maritime Museum traces Queensland’s maritime history from
the days of the early navigators to the present day. The Museum
occupies a number of maritime-related buildings surrounding the South
Brisbane Dry Dock which, during a century of service, was used by ships
of all types including US submarines during World War II.
Queensland Energy Museum highlights Queensland’s energy heritage
with an array of objects and displays illustrating the history of the
electricity and gas supply industry. The collection is being expanded
to include all forms of energy. There’s innovative and interactive
exhibitions, and a strong focus on social history.
Australian Motorcycle Museum houses a private collection of over 200
motorcycles, ranging from the late 1880?s up to current models. On
display are a cross section of road, off-road, race, outfits, new, old,
experimental and unusual, some of which are extremely rare. he
owners, Allen and Lorraine Smith, have spent many years and travelled
extensively overseas to compile this extraordinary collection of
special interest, vintage, veteran and classic bikes. The museum
is open daily from 9.30am till 4.00pm, 7 days a week, or by appointment.
One of the largest country town museums in Queensland, with over
10,000 artefacts covering the Scenic Rim region’s industrial and
lifestyle heritage. The most striking exhibit is the thermos flask used
by the two survivors of the 1937 Stinson Plane Disaster, before their
rescue by Bernard O’Reilly. The Museum includes an extensive
archive and library for use by patrons researching local and family
Modern art has long been an area of focus in Brisbane. The Judith
Wright Centre of Contemporary Art is home to the Institute of Modern
Art, founded in 1975, which continues to deliver programs dedicated to
emerging and established artists.
In terms of longevity and quality, Philip Bacon Galleries is not
only downtown’s most prestigious private gallery, but regarded
nationally and internationally as among Australia’s best.
Location: 2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. Ph (07) 3358 3555. Website
Queensland Military Memorial Museum
The Museum displays are set out chronologically from the early 1800s
to the modern era, relating the history of Queenslanders’ service
in Queensland and Commonwealth Defence forces, both in times of peace
and during war, and of the Allies of the Colony and Commonwealth in
Redland Museum houses a great collection of artifacts and treasures
exemplifying the ingenuity of the pioneers of the redland district, and
their descendants. The museum hosts many events including concerts,
monthly lectures, Australia Day plays, annual Redlands Heritage
Festival, rolling and diverse exhibitions and other appealing events
that enrich our local community.