Discover Museums in Brisbane for Kids
There are museums in Brisbane to suit all interests and age groups, from big museums housing lots of exhibits, to smaller specialist Brisbane museums focussing on a particular field. Take a look at some of our favourite museums in Brisbane and South East Queensland.
Note: While museums are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are offering virtual tours and online activities for kids. Their websites are well worth a visit! Keep the details below handy for when museums reopen.
1-63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Road), Caboolture, QLD 4510
Open Monday to Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
PH: (07) 5495 0081
|Family||$19.80 (1 adult & up to 4 children)|
|Family||$25.00 (2 adults & up to 4 children)|
|Children||$7.00 (5 yrs – 15 yrs old)|
|Children||FREE (4 and under)|
The Abbey Museum in Caboolture is beautifully situated in a rural landscape. It’s small but surprisingly well stocked with artifacts spanning over 500,000 of human history. During school holidays, Abbey Museum offers a range of both paid and free programs and activities for children of all ages. The “Kids Dig It” school holiday programs teach kids the excitement of discovery through exploration, archaeology and other activities such as mummification, archery, knights training and games. The museum’s after school program “Junior Archaeologist” is perfect for the avid kid explorer. Let your kids take on the role of a budding archaeologist while they learn about Vikings, the stone age and medieval stories through fun and interactive activities, games, crafts and more! These sessions take place Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:30pm costing $11 per session or $88 for the whole term.
Abbey Museum is also home to the famous Abbey Medieval Festival, a huge weekend of jousting, battles, entertainment, displays and markets, and hosts other historical reenactment events throughout the year.
Corner of Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank
Open Every Day 9:30am – 5:00pm (Public Holiday Opening Hours)
PH: 07 3840 7555
|Family||$44.50 (2 adult & up to 4 children)|
|Children||$11.50 (3 yrs – 15 yrs old)|
|Schools & Groups||$9.00 (pre-booked, 10+ only)|
The Queensland Museum is one of the best Brisbane museums. It boasts a wide variety of exhibits, hands-on displays and public programs involving natural history, human achievement, science and culture. With a variety of activities and educational experiences encouraging families to learn together, there’s sure to be something every member of the family will enjoy. The “Find Magil” exhibit takes you on a journey through the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as you and your children interact and learn all about their stories and history. Or take part in hands-on activities while observing the stick insects, snakes, birds and other creepy crawly specimens in the Discovery Centre. The museum is also home to the Sciencentre – a space where adults and kids alike can explore and have their minds blown through the interactive, science-based exhibits filled to the brim with fun and learning!
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
Open Every Day 10:00am – 5:00pm
PH: 07 3840 7303
ENTRY IS FREE (Some special events/exhibits do incur an entry fee)
The Gallery of Modern Art displays some of the best artworks from artists around Australia. The gallery aims to inspire young artists in Brisbane by providing them with opportunities to get their hands dirty and get creative! The APT8 Kids exhibit, which closes on the 10th of April, allows kids to get involved in hands-on interactive artworks and multimedia activities. Let your kids loose on these activities and teach them to express themselves creatively through the creation of colourful shapes, sand drawings and working together to create vibrant digital drawings! There is also a new interactive exhibit opening on the 28th of May and will run through to the 3rd of October is the Ah Xian display. Both kids and adults will be able to participate in drawing and projection activities where you can discover Chinese symbols, draw self-portraits, display intricate patterns and allow your bodies to become covered in floral and landscape projections. There is also plenty more to see and do around the gallery with new events and displays popping up throughout the year! You can read our review of GOMA here.
The Workshop Rail Museum
North St, North Ipswich
Open Every Day 9:30am – 4:00pm
PH: 07 3432 5100
|Children||$10.50 (3 yrs – 15 yrs old)|
The Workshop Rail Museum exhibits some of the best locomotive and industrial machinery at Australia’s oldest heritage railway workshops. Winning the Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism, the museum let’s you get immersed and involved with hands-on displays and multi-media displaying the history of Queensland’s rail service. Bring the whole family along with mini train rides around the museum and check out demonstrations by an actual blacksmith! The kids even have the chance to run their own railway in the Nipper Playground. Kids can dress up as firemen, police and other costumes as they manage their mini railway station with a ticket and signal box, coal carts and tricycles around the tracks. There are also story books, drawing and colouring activities available. You can read our review of the Ipswich Rail Museum here.
75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
PH: 07 3883 1898
ENTRY IS FREE
The Redcliffe Museum displays the history of the local community and Peninsula surrounding the Redcliffe area. From the European Settlement, to the indigenous culture and maritime history, the museum provides a fascinating insight into the heritage of the region. Take the kids around to explore the settlement and learn about Captain Cook, Matthew Flinders and the convicts. The museum also provides activities for kids through its collaboration with Gallery and Museum Explorers (G.A.M.E). They provide activities and projects for kids such as museum discovery docks and gallery creation stations which allows kids to get hands-on with sculptures and abstract creations.
Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
Old Petrie Town – 901 – 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside
Open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sundays 9:00am – 2:00pm
PH: 07 3285 7213
ENTRY IS FREE
The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum provides an insight into the heritage of the district with themed exhibits and displays. Kids can explore an old classroom, learn how people lived without electivity and discover the history between the Aboriginals and European Settlers. There is also a theatre, exhibition gallery and showcase which all play a part in telling the stories of the Pine Rivers Region. The museum also collaborates with the Gallery and Museum Explorers (G.A.M.E) which provide activities and projects for kids. At the Pine Rivers Museum, G.A.M.E provides exhibitions involving books, photographs and fine art which tell stories and inspire kids to explore these ideas.