Queensland Museum Network closes

23 March 2020

Queensland Museum Network has closed temporarily to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the health and safety of our visitors, partners, staff and the wider community is our key priority.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcements last night after the meeting of National Cabinet, additional actions to support social distancing measures have been put in place to protect the Australian community. These restrictions include the closure of non-essential social venues from midday 23 March 2020.

For the safety of our community, Queensland Museum Network will temporarily close to the public from 12 noon on 23 March 2020 until further notice.

This includes Queensland Museum at South Bank, The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba and Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the museum closures were a precaution to help slow the spread of transmission of the virus.

We are disappointed to be closing our museums across Queensland, but the health and safety of our community, our staff, volunteers and our visitors is paramount,” Dr Thompson said.

“Queensland Museum is working closely with Queensland Government and our precinct partners in the Queensland Cultural Centre (QPAC, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art) to ensure the most appropriate response to COVID-19 and we will continue to keep our visitors informed and follow all health advice from the Australian Government.”

If you have purchased tickets to upcoming events, school holiday workshops or temporary exhibitions such as Spiders – The Exhibition at Queensland Museum you will be entitled to a refund.

SparkLab, Sciencentre tickets will be valid for use following our re-opening. Annual passes and gift vouchers will be extended to cover the time of our closure.

“We encourage visitors to subscribe to our e-news and follow our social media channels for the most up-to-date information. We’d like to thank people for their ongoing support and we look forward to welcoming you back when we re-open,” Dr Thompson said.

Exhibitions at Queensland Museum South Bank closing early or being cancelled due to this closure include:

  • Spiders – the exhibition – due to close on 5 May now closed
  • Antiquities Revealed – due to close on 27 April now closed
  • Yidaki – Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia due to close 29 March now closed.
  • For Country, For Nation – due to open on 25 April will no longer be displayed.

Visitors can also virtually visit Queensland Museum Network during the closure:

Queensland Health should always be your first port of call for accurate, up-to-date information, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

For museum information and updates visit www.qm.qld.gov.au

Queensland Museum Network locations



Queensland Museum
Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane
Facebook: Facebook.com/qldmuseum
Twitter: @qldmuseum
Instagram: qldmuseum



The Workshops Rail Museum
North Street, North Ipswich
Facebook: Facebook.com/theworkshopsrailmuseum
Twitter: @RailMuseum_Qld
Instagram: theworkshopsrailmuseum



Cobb+Co Museum
27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Facebook: Facebook.com/cobbandcomuseum
Twitter: @CobbandCoMuseum
Instagram: cobbandcomuseum



Museum of Tropical Queensland
70-102 Flinders Street East, Townsville
Facebook: Facebook.com/museumoftropicalqueensland
Twitter: @MTQ_Townsville
Instagram: museumoftropicalqueensland



Media Enquiries:


Kylie Hay, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum   M: 0434 565 852 or P:(07) 3842 9388

Christine Robertson, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum   M: 0417 741 710 or P: (07) 3840 7789