The multi-award winning, recently revitalised Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane’s official museum, is much more than a collection of dusty relics and ancient bones.
A modern and vibrant museum, it brings the past to life by telling city’s tales and individual’s stories through fascinating displays, exhibitions and activities.
There’s a lot on at the Museum of Brisbane so make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit.
Discovering the Museum of Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane is easy to get to, as it’s centrally located in King George Square.
The museum is on the top of the beautifully restored Brisbane City Hall – Brisbane’s most fabulous heritage building. From the museum, you get wonderful views of City Hall’s standout features – the copper dome and the clock tower.
The locals are very proud of this innovative, publicly-owned space and make good use of it. Over three million people have wandered through this Brisbane museum since it opened around 10 years ago.
And for good reason – there’s always something new to see, do and learn.
The permanent displays and exhibition program focus on Brisbane’s identity: history, places, culture and people. Every aspect of the city’s past, present and future is explored through a mix of visual arts and social history.
Museum of Brisbane has over 5000 items in its collection and they’re well worth a look. They include important historical ceramics and many works by leading local artists dating from 1859 to the present.
Should you want to dig deeper, the museum regularly holds events, tours and workshops. Check out the Museum of Brisbane for more information.
Clock Tower Tour at Museum of Brisbane
The museum’s free, 15-minute Clock Tower Tour is a real eye-opener – in more ways than one. As well as being an enlightening history lesson, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city.
The guide takes seven people at a time up in an old hand-operated lift to the observation platform, which is 76 metres above the ground.
It’s a good idea to arrive early as there can be a wait on busy days.
City Hall Tours from Museum of Brisbane
Brisbane City Hall is the symbolic heart of the city and is rich in art and history. It’s the city’s civic seat and houses the offices of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor, so it’s a busy place, with some rooms not always open to the public. Your guide will take you on a tour of many different parts of this iconic building and tell you about its past, present, function, and architecture.
This is a popular tour so booking are essential – To book a City Hall Heritage Tour, visitors can go online or call (07) 3339 0845