Queensland Museum is the state’s leading repository of natural and cultural history, from ancient artefacts to iconic contemporary bits and bobs. The permanent exhibitions showcase Queensland stories, while a changing program of special events brings the world’s stories to us.
Highlights of the long term displays include information about Queensland’s Indigenous history, colonial establishment, population, trade and industries. Natural history displays cover ocean life, ecology and insects, including some hands-on opportunities to use microscopes and interactive learning tools.
But Queensland Museum is probably best known for its dinosaurs. With world renowned palaeontologists on staff and an exceptional collection of fossils, there is always something exciting on show if you’re partial to the prehistoric. Multimedia presentations and enormous replica skeletons are a favourite with wide-eyed youngsters.
Nestled in Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct at South Bank, a short walk from the CBD, the museum is open daily with free entry. You’ll find a family-friendly café onsite as well as ‘Playasaurus Place’ – a dinosaur-themed indoor space where you’re welcome to rest your feet and share your own packed lunch.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
Entry: free. Tickets may be required for special events or exhibitions.
Cnr Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Brisbane
Contact 07 3840 7555
Queensland’s Sciencentre occupies the lower floor of the Queensland Museum building, with separate, ticketed entry. Jam-packed with interactive activities, kids can learn about the human body, chemical reactions, speed, force, weight and even optical illusions.