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Collectomania

Lawn mowers, neon signs and even fingernails are among the objects featured in our new exhibition, Collectomania.

Take a peek inside the private collections of Queenslanders and see how our State’s collectors gain meaning and identity from their collections.

Collectomania highlights a very human passion – collecting the things we love, fuelled by a sometimes unexplainable drive or desire to find the next perfect addition, preserve a moment in time or celebrate beauty, function and achievement.

From a meticulous reconstruction of a “hobbit hole” to washing machines, street art stickers and items preserved from Brisbane’s iconic Regent Theatre, Collectomania might just bring out the collector in you!

Things to see and do

  • Be astonished by the diverse range of objects collected by people in our communities.
  • Create your own collection using magnetic images of museum objects.
  • Discover a “time capsule” of objects found in the backyard of one inner-city residence.
  • Listen to collector’s personal stories about their motives and desire to collect.
  • Remember places you may have visited, as snow domes, spoons and postcards reveal journeys and evoke your memories.
  • Celebrate and recollect your own experiences at concerts, races, theatres and theme parks

Discover More

Made a connection with a collection? Opportunities to exchange objects and stories are available through Collector Information.

Learning Resources

  • Arrange your own display with the interactive online activity, Celebrating Culture.
  • Our curators share what they are currently collecting and researching with a selection of short video clips.
  • Book a school program for a dynamic Museum visit experience. Hands-on programs explore what, why, who and how museums collect, care for and share collections and stories. 
    Meet Your Museum (Prep - yr 3) 
    Inside your Museum (yr 4 - 7)
  • Borrow Museum specimens and artefacts from QM Loans for displays, activities or evidence-based inquiry.

Event Details

Dates
28 March 2013 - 09 February 2014
Location
Level 4
Cost
Free

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