Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour

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Lewis Chess King, walrus ivory, 1150-1200, found in Scotland © Trustees of the British Museum (2015). All rights reserved.The might of Medieval Europe will storm the walls of Queensland Museum in an exclusive exhibition from the British Museum, Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour.

In a coup for Queensland, the Queensland Museum will be the first museum in the world and only one in Australia and New Zealand to host this incredible new exhibition curated by the British Museum.

Spanning the period AD 400 to 1500, Medieval Power explores a time when many of the countries and cultures of modern Europe were formed.

Be amazed by the precious gold, jewellery, seals, sculptures, stained glass and many other symbols of courtly life alongside tools of war, objects of religious significance and humble items from everyday life dating back to AD 400.

Visitors can also see one of the iconic Lewis chessmen pieces, drawn from one of the British Museum’s most-visited collections.

After Dark

Experience Medieval Power After Dark. Three nights only in 2016, medieval inspired food, live music, expert talks, and drink on arrival. Limited tickets available. 29 January, 26 February and 8 April 2016. 18+ event ID may be requested on entry. Book Now.

Ticket prices

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Adults: $22
Concession*: $19
Children (3-15 years): $12
Family (2A + 2C): $59
Groups: (10+): $18
Schools: $10
After Dark events: $29
MyMuseum members receive a 10% discount. Find out how to become a MyMuseum member.


Special Offer for World Science Festival Brisbane ticket holders

Save on tickets to Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour. To celebrate the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane, Queensland Museum is offering discounted entry to Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour for all festival ticket holders.

How to access the discount: Present any World Science Festival Brisbane ticket to the Museum ticket desk on Level 2 of Queensland Museum to access the concession rate ($19) for Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour.

The offer is valid until 10 April 2016, between 9.30am – 5pm daily. Not available for online purchases or special events including After Dark. No further discounts available. 

Season Passes

Enjoy unlimited entry to Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour with a season pass.
Adults: $44
Child: $24
Family (2A + 2C): $118
MyMuseum members receive a 10% discount. Find out how to become a MyMuseum member.

*Seniors, full-time students, health care concession card holders

Important Information

  • Tickets are single use only (excluding season passes)
  • Delays may be experienced during peak visitation periods, including school holidays
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the exhibition area
  • Photography is not permitted inside the exhibition
  • No pass outs

Medieval Themed Weekends

Join us for special Medieval Themed Weekends through January, February and March, 2016. See the exhibition ‘come to life’ with talks and demonstrations delivered by experts and enthusiasts of all things Medieval. Come along in costume and immerse yourself in myths and realities about the Middle Ages.

School Holiday Program

Calling all lords and ladies!

Step back into the middle ages in our March-April Holiday Program at Queensland Museum. Make your own stained glass windows and design personalised heraldic flags and shields in the INVENTory space, level 4.


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Funding for insurance has been provided through the Queensland Government Exhibition Indemnification Scheme, administered by Arts Queensland.

Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour is presented as a collaboration between the British Museum and Queensland Museum, and in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, Accor Hotels Group, Channel Nine Queensland and Singapore Airlines.

Event Details

11 December 2015 - 10 April 2016
Level 3 Touring Exhibition Gallery
Adults: $22 Concession*: $19 Children (3-15 years): $12 Family (2A + 2C): $59 Groups (10+): $18 Schools: $10

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