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About us

The state museum of Queensland

Queensland Museum is custodian of the state’s natural and cultural heritage, caring for more than a million items and specimens in collections that tell the changing story of Queensland.

Museum network

We deliver museum services across the state, through a network of public museums:

Our expert services include:

  • Research on a broad range of topics spanning biodiversity, geosciences, cultures and histories
  • State-wide loans service
  • Regional services program – Museum Resource Centre Network – providing professional and community support for collections and museums across the state
  • Publishing business for wildlife, historical and children’s publications
  • State-wide public Discovery centre
  • Online learning resources for schools

History

Queensland Museum celebrates 150 years of connecting and collecting in 2012.

The Queensland Philosophical Society founded the original Queensland Museum on 20 January 1862. 

From that small room in the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace, the Queensland Museum now consists of four public tourist attractions and many outreach services.

While Queensland Museum celebrates 150 in 2012, other important milestones include:

Cobb+ Co Museum, Toowoomba celebrating 25 years

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville celebrating 25 years

The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich celebrating 10 years.

Governance

The Queensland Museum is a statutory authority of Arts Queensland, governed by a Board of Trustees under the provisions of the Queensland Museum Act 1970.