Queensland Museum celebrated its 150th birthday back in 2012, and it continues to fascinate children of all ages to this day. The millions of specimens and artifacts that can be found here all give witness to Queensland’s dynamic natural and cultural history.
Funded by the State Government of Queensland, its primary location is at the Cultural Centre in South Brisbane. In here, you will find exhibitions revealing the state’s prehistoric past, including the “Dandiiri Maiwar” display that showcases the Aboriginal People’s and Torres Strait Islanders’ culture.
While the museum’s hallowed brick halls also contain a world-class research facility for fields like biodiversity, cultural history, and geoscience, they also make room for good, clean fun, as the following upcoming events show:
When: 28 October, 5 PM- 8 PM
Where: Level 0, Playasaurus Place (5 pm- 6pm); Level 2, Main Foyer Doors (5:30 pm- 6:30 pm)
What: Feed creepy crawlies like tarantulas and blue light scorpions with Dr. Robert Raven in the Sciencentre, see live snakes at the Wild State Gallery with Patrick Couper, and learn how flesh-eating beetles and big boilers figure into the how the museum prepares its skeletons for research!
Come in your best Halloween costume and get a chance to win best dressed while busting out some wicked dance moves at DJ Super Steph’s disco on level 2.
How much to shell out: AUD15 per head. If you’re three years old and below, you can join in on the fun for free.
2. Light Show
When: 03 October 2016 – 23 June 2017
Where: The Sciencentre
What: Experiment with mirror balls and Hodson light box kits to learn how energy creates light, how the latter appears white or colored, and how it forms shadows. This exhibit allows you to explore a full range of interesting information on the subject, and its hands-on set-up allows you to have a lot of fun while you’re at it.
How much to shell out: It’s AUD14.50 per head for adults, AUD12.50 for students or concessions, and AUD11.50 per head for children between the ages of 3-15. This entrance fee also gives you access to other exhibits in the Sciencentre.
When: 19 November 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:30 -2:30 PM, and 3 PM- 4PM
Where: Level 3 Discovery Centre
What: Apparently, the museum’s expansive display is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. This by-appointment tour assigns you to an expert guide who can take you around the museum to show you the priceless collections up close and to fill you in on how the museum’s dedicated staff store and look after such precious artifacts.
How much to shell out: AUD35 per head for adults, AUD15 for children aged 10-15 years old.
Queensland Museum is open from 9:30 AM – 5 pm daily, except on Good Friday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. It opens from 1:30 pm – 5 pm on ANZAC Day.
General admission is free, but entry charges do apply to the Sciencentre and to any special events or exhibitions going on.