Museum of Brisbane

Top choice in Brisbane

On the 3rd floor of City Hall, this forward-thinking museum explores historic and modern aspects of Brisbane, offering fresh, progressive insights into Queensland's capital. Exhibitions to date have explored themes as varied as contemporary Brisbane fashion, the city's robust music scene and the relationship between architecture, art, people and place. The result is a snapshot of a metropolis much more complex than many give it credit for.

The savvy museum shop stocks locally made jewellery, glassware, ceramics and books, as well as cards and other genuinely cool, Brisbane-themed gifts.

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1. City Hall

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Fronted by a row of sequoia-sized Corinthian columns, Australia's largest city hall was built between 1920 and 1930. Although free, fascinating heritage…

2. Treasury Building

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At the western end of the Queen St Mall is the magnificent Italian Renaissance–style Treasury Building, dating from 1889. No tax collectors inside – just…

3. Old Windmill

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Commenced in 1828, this windmill is reputedly the oldest surviving building in Queensland. Due to a design flaw, the windmill sails were too heavy for the…

4. Shrine of Remembrance

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Designed in the Greek Revival style, this graceful monument honours the Australian men and women who have served in conflicts around the world. Its 18…

5. Commissariat Store Museum

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Built by convicts in 1829, this former government storehouse is the oldest occupied building in Brisbane. Inside is an immaculate little museum whose main…

6. State Library of Queensland

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Sandwiched between the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane's pre-eminent library hosts free, often fascinating exhibitions…

7. Queensland Art Gallery

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While Brisbane's main art museum includes numerous international works, its forte is its Australia collection. This includes works by heavyweights like…

8. Queensland Cultural Centre


On South Bank, just over Victoria Bridge from the CBD, the Queensland Cultural Centre is the epicentre of Brisbane’s cultural confluence. Surrounded by…