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For the first time, we are bringing our collection store out onto public display. This will give our staff the space to work out better ways of housing and caring for our precious items - now and in the future.

This exhibition will give you a chance to see many objects that would rarely, if ever, be put on display.

We have been collecting for 150 years. In that time Queensland Museum has collected millions of objects that tell a story about our history and our state.

Some of these objects include land and sea animals, dinosaurs archaeological artefacts, minerals, fossils, historical and contemporary objects, aeroplanes, toys, weapons, medals, fire engines to name a few.

Our objects are put into categories including geosciences, terrestrial and marine zoology, cultures and history, maritime archaeology and science and technology.

The millions of items are distributed over three collection areas:

  • Biodiversity collections contain approximately 5 million specimens, covering the entire animal kingdom, from single-celled protozoans to whales.
  • Cultures and Histories collection has more than 350,000 objects including artefacts, historical and contemporary photographs, documents and oral histories on film and tape.
  • Geosciences collections, includes famous prehistoric animals such as Muttaburrasauraus, and cares for more than 7 million fossils.

Things to see and do

  • View some rare and precious objects from our collection that have never been on display before
  • Discover how we collect objects and learn why we collect
  • Learn more about the Queensland Museum
  • Watch our curators, conservators and researchers working on objects from the collection

Did you know?

Curators collect objects and guide the development of collections. They make decisions about what objects to collect, conduct collection research, and share their research with the public through exhibitions and publications.

Collection Managers care for the needs of the collection to ensure their preservation for future generations. Some of their responsibilities include cataloguing new acquisitions, storing items safely and organising loans of objects to other museums.

Conservators care for the objects. They can identify the condition of an object, look at ways to reduce damage and deterioration, and perform treatments to extend the life of objects

Event Details

19 October 2010 - 13 May 2011
Level 4, Queensland Museum South Bank

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