Brisbane Open House 2014

Have you ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes at Queensland Museum? Have an exclusive sneak peek as Queensland Museum unlocks the collection store doors - for Brisbane Open House.

The Museum is like an iceberg with most of the objects hidden from view. On Saturday 11 October, we’re opening our doors for free 30 minute ‘teaser’ tours that will take visitors to three select spaces within our Natural Environments Collection, Museum Library and Archive, and the Cultural Environments Collection. Get a taste of what happens in a museum and catch a glimpse of some of the millions of specimens and objects in the Queensland Museum State Collection.

Also as part of Brisbane Open House, Brisbane Concert Orchestra will present a free concert in the Collectors Cafe at 10am - 11am.

Tour Details

The Natural Environments tour will include viewing unique animals (vertebrates) and seashells from the collection, including extinct and endangered species. This tour will highlight how these specimens, including stuffed animals, study skins, shells and more, are used for research and how specimens come into the collection. This tour visits the Vertebrates and Molluscs collection.

Queensland Museum Library and Archive is the second oldest Library in Queensland. As well as the traditional monographs and serials of a natural and cultural heritage research library, the QM Library holds original material including 19th Century field guides, logbooks of early Queensland discoveries and rare and unique titles of early European exploration. The oldest book in the Library dates from the 1500s. The Archives holds some of the earliest records of European collecting in Queensland. The tour will highlight some of these unique and rare items in the Queensland Museum Library and Archive.

The Cultural Environments tour will include both the Social History store and the Anthropology store and will focus on how objects come into the collection, how we look after objects and how objects are used for research and visitor engagement. The tour will focus on several key objects from the Social History Collection and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection. 

Tours are offered free of charge.
30 minute tours. 
Limited wheelchair access is available.
Please wear comfortable closed-in shoes.

If you want to see more of these priceless collections and visit other restricted access collection areas, join our one hour Behind the Scenes tours, which are run throughout the year.

Tour times

10 am -    Natural Environments collection - Vertebrates & Molluscs
11 am -    Natural Environments collection - Vertebrates & Molluscs
12 pm -    Natural Environments collection - Vertebrates & Molluscs
1 pm -      Museum Library and Archive    
2 pm -     Cultural Environments collection
3 pm -     Cultural Environments collection   


Bookings are essential, as places are limited. Children must be 7 years and over and accompanied by an adult.
Book via the Brisbane Open House Ballot. Visitors can select their preferred tour and time and then bookings will be randomly pre-allocated via the ballot system.
The ballot opens on Thursday 28 August and closes 9am on Monday 6 October 2014. Winners will be notified by email from Brisbane Open House, after the 6th October. 

Bookings are now closed.

Event Details

11 October 2014
Queensland Museum

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