Museum of Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane is located right within the Brisbane City Centre. It’s on the third level of Brisbane’s City Hall. It's the place to go if you want to learn about the living history of the city. It has plenty of exhibitions, tours, talks, and workshops from which you can learn about the fascinating social history of the city and see some of its most iconic art pieces. It’s easily accessible through public transportation, and it’s close to King George Square busway station. The main entrance at the museum is the King George Square entrance. The museum is only 5 to 10 minutes away from Central and Roma Street train station.
The Museum of Brisbane was officially open in late 2003, and at the time, it was on the ground floor of the city hall building. The museum was started in place of the Brisbane City Gallery in order to accommodate more collections and displays. For a few years, between 2010 and 2013, the museum was temporarily moved to Ann Street to make way for renovations in City Hall, but after the renovation was completed, the museum was moved back into the building, this time on the third floor where it’s situated today. Currently, the museum is run as a not-for-profit art organization, which means that visitors who are interested in viewing the collection of art, sculptures, and artifacts don’t have to pay for admission.
The museum is in charge of maintaining and showcasing the City of Brisbane Art Collection. The collection was originally started in the late 1850s, back when Brisbane was just a town, and it now comprises of more than 5000 items spanning different eras in Brisbane’s history. It mostly comprises of works of art and sculptures that were made by local artists, and a wide variety of historical ceramics.
Since its inception, the Museum of Brisbane documents and interprets the city, both as it currently is, and as it was in the past. Visitors who want to understand “the making of Brisbane” can take tours and see the artifacts, artworks, pictures, and other memorabilia, which are arranged in chronological order so that guests can witness the transformation that the city and its people have undergone over the decades. In a brief tour, guests can learn how the city transformed from a significant Aboriginal dwelling to a full-on European settlement, and finally to the vibrant city that it is today. They also learn about the fascinating culture of the city’s indigenous people, the evolution of Brisbane’s architecture, art and social scene over the years, and a lot of fun facts about the city.
The exhibits at the museum constantly change to fit certain themes, to cover certain subcultures, to celebrate certain historical figures or to address certain social issues. This means that even if you have been to the museum already, you can go again and get a very different experience altogether, depending on what fresh ideas they are trying to showcase at the moment.
The museum is a family-friendly place with lots of activities for children. There is an enquiry desk if you want to find out about scheduled activities or to get tickets to the various tours that they are offering. If you come in with personal items, they offer lockers where you can keep your items safe as you take the tour. They have clean public toilets right in the building, and the entire building is a non-smoking zone. The museum caters for people in wheelchairs, and people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
The Museum of Brisbane is open every day during weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except on public holidays. It offers free entry to everyone, and it’s a great stop to add to your itinerary if you are touring Brisbane on a budget. There is paid parking available at King George Square Car Park, within walking distance from the building. If you are traveling from out of town, the museum is easily accessible from Hilton Brisbane or any other hotel in the CBD.
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