Museum of Brisbane | Why Your Family Needs to Visit!

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If you’re looking to spend a great day with your family that won’t cost you ridiculous amounts of money then you need to visit the Museum of Brisbane.

Location, location, location

The Museum of Brisbane is located above the newly restored Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane’s premier heritage building in the heart of Brisbane CBD. Entry is free and it’s open to the general public six days per week (Monday is for school bookings only). Like all museums and galleries you’ll need to leave backpacks and large bulky items in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Current Exhibitions

City in the Sun

Museum of Brisbane City in the Sun

As Queensland’s gateway to the tropics, Brisbane has adopted imagery of all things subtropical over the last century, from frangipanis to pineapples and bikini-clad leisure-lovers.

City in the Sun at Museum of Brisbane uncovers and reimagines Brisbane’s subtropical image. Showcasing large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery, the FREE exhibition reveals how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance.

Newly commissioned works from artists Kinly Grey, Christopher Bassi, Laura Patterson, Rachael Sarra, Sam Tupou, Sebastian Moody, Holly Anderson and Rachel Burke are coupled with works by Gerwyn Davies, Michael Zavros, Tracey Moffatt, Scott Redford and Olive Ashworth to name a few.

The exhibition invites audiences to peek behind the sun-drenched façade of the tourist brochures and question if these images still represent who we are as a city… if they ever did.

This colourful exhibition provides playful reinterpretations, flamboyant re-imaginings and quiet reflections, proposing exciting new images of Brisbane’s subtropical identity today.

Mon: School Bookings Only
Tues-Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Storytellers | Ongoing

The Storytellers Kids

Can you help break Slim Halliday out of Boggo Road Gaol? Pick up a free Code Breakers activity and wander the exhibition to help crack the secret combination and set Slim free. Little bookworms will love collecting the pages of the special Lung Fish story scattered throughout the exhibition, yours free to take home. Want to make the adventure last even longer? For the ultimate experience, grab a Storytellers Adventure Book available at MoB Shop, jampacked full of activities for ages 5 – 12 years, and only $5. Find out more in our events calendar.

City Hall Clock Tower Tour

City Hall Clock Tower Tours

When you’ve finished with all of the exciting exhibits in the Museum of Brisbane, you can enjoy a free tour of the clock tower. Access to the clock tower is via a beautiful hand operated lift that takes visitors up for spectacular bird’s eye views of Brisbane city every 15 minutes from the museum. The tiny antiquated lift is so small that it can only take 8 people at a time, including the lift operator! Bookings required. Details on how to secure your spot here.

Previous Exhibitions

What is Different? | Until 31 Jan

Museum of Brisbane What is Different

Sometimes the biggest ideas come from the smallest artists. A celebration of children and creativity, Gallery of Children’s Art comes to Museum of Brisbane with What’s Different: Children’s Art in the age of COVID-19. This fully interactive exhibition showcases the imagination and unfettered wisdom of our city’s young people. Your little artists can even try their hand at creating some art of their own. Read more here.

Bauhaus Now | Until 18 April 2021

BYO Baby Bauhaus Tour

Step into a colourful world of history and design and explore the legacy of the Bauhaus in this amazing exhibition. Make sure you pick up your free take-home activity kit, where you can make your very own Bauhaus inspired creation. Find out more here.

Treat yourself to Morning Tea at Shingle Inn

A visit to Shingle Inn City Hall is top of the list of places to visit in Brisbane. Why not take advantage of a cool, quiet spot for breakfast, morning tea or lunch before you visit the Museum of Brisbane. With its wood panelled walls and chandeliers you can’t help but be charmed and transported to another time.

But where are all the dinosaur bones?

Rather than a museum of ancient and dusty old bones, the Museum of Brisbane is a living, breathing expose on our beautiful city of Brisbane – past, present and future. It’s a celebration of all that makes Brisbane such a unique and wonderful city. Relive the life of early settlers to Brisbane in photographic exhibits, explore the Brisbane River and local natural habitats with permanent or temporary exhibits, join in illustration workshops or watch short films.

The Museum of Brisbane has a huge variety of exhibits throughout the year and they’re all free. 

If you fancy a fun, fascinating and cultural day out with your child, pop on some comfy shoes and jump on a train to Brisbane Central Station or Roma St and it’s only a 5 minute walk to the Museum of Brisbane, the Clock Tower and City Hall. For more information on upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane click here.

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