Queensland Museum unveils 2018 program

24 November 2017

2018 is set to be a significant year for one of Australia’s most beloved and visited cultural institutions, the Queensland Museum, featuring the Queensland Government funded $9.4 million Sciencentre upgrade, Egyptian mummies from the British Museum, and the return of the phenomenally popular World Science Festival Brisbane.

The vibrant and varied 2018 program will showcase the human body, contemplate our humanity, and inspire students to follow science into the future and reflect on our past.

Queensland Museum Network’s Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the museum had an exciting line-up of exhibitions and programs to offer visitors amazing experiences and ensure it continued to be recognised as one of Australia’s premier museums.

“Remaining at the museum until early 2018 is our current Australian-exclusive exhibition Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum, featuring more than 110 archeological treasures from the amphitheatres of Rome and Pompeii, alongside interactive games and displays,” Dr Thompson said.

“This fascinating exhibition, revealing who the gladiators were and how they lived and trained, can be seen until 28 January.”

From March to August, the British Museum exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives will allow visitors to peer beneath the bandages to reveal the human stories behind six mummies who lived and died in Egypt between 900BC and AD180.

“Egyptian mummies have long been a source of fascination and this world-class exhibition from the British Museum will give visitors incredible new insight into their ancient lives,” Dr Thompson said.

“Late March will also see the return of the third annual World Science Festival Brisbane, where scientists from around the globe will delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is helping us live better and longer.”

Perception Deception, the brain-bending travelling exhibition from Questacon in Canberra, continues at the museum until July, with a temporary closure for two weeks in January-February while it moves from Level 1 to 2.

Dr Thompson said the multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the museum’s iconic Sciencentre, announced by the Queensland Government earlier this year, was a major project for 2018, with work beginning in January.

“The new Sciencentre, scheduled to open mid-year, promises world-class interactive STEM experiences and hands-on, surprising and engaging spaces where visitors can be scientists, be curious and inspired to discover the wonders of our world,” Dr Thompson said.

“While we will say goodbye to the older parts of the current Sciencentre, featuring our Action Stations and Body Zone sections, we are excited about the new cutting-edge exhibits we are delivering as part of the first international collaboration with London’s Science Museum Group.

“Sunday 3 December will be the last day people can visit Action Stations and Body Zone so we encourage people to get in quickly if they want to experience them before they close.

“These older exhibits have been loved by many and we are looking at whether we can relocate them to our other Queensland Museum Network campuses or other institutions so they can continue to educate and inspire.”

In November 2018, Queensland Museum’s new Anzac Legacy Gallery is scheduled to open to the public to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day .

“The Anzac Legacy Gallery will use objects from the Queensland Museum collection to examine the First World War and its legacies in Queensland, and provide a permanent home for the tank Mephisto, the only surviving example of a First World War German tank,” Dr Thompson said.

Dr Thompson said people would notice some changes around the site while works take place, including the temporary closure of the museum’s Level 1 Museum Plaza (Melbourne St) entry from 6 December.

“While visitors may notice a number of changes in and around our building over coming weeks and months, to make way for our new galleries, we remain fully operational with many interesting things for people to see and do.”

Keep up to date on exhibitions and other developments by visiting the Queensland Museum website, and social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.