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Museum of Brisbane

See artifacts, photographs and artworks from Brisbane’s past and present, tour the rooms of the City Hall and head up the old clock tower for spectacular views.

For over a decade, the free Museum of Brisbane has documented and interpreted the city’s past and present. In early 2013 the museum was reopened atop the restored City Hall, which is a living museum and architectural marvel in itself. Join a guided tour of the hall to see where the Lord Mayor and councilors make the big decisions. You’ll get to see offices and chambers, many of which retain features of the original 1920s décor. Tours run throughout the day and you can book in advance for a specific time.

To understand the “making of Brisbane,” visit the Brisbane Museum on the third level. The galleries display a collection of key artifacts, artworks, photographs and other memorabilia from the city’s past. Learn how Brisbane has evolved from a region that was significant to the Aboriginal people, then became a major European settlement and eventually grew out to the modern Australian city it is today. Visit the five galleries and theater, and relax in the lounge area.

Exhibits constantly change, but all are designed to give an insight into different places, subcultures and public figures. Past exhibits covered the gay and lesbian community, showed photographs from the 19th century, explained how the Brisbane River has shaped the city, and even examined the city’s skate culture. Check the website for information about what’s on during your visit.

Jump in the old-fashioned elevator and head up the tower. Its giant clock has been in operation since the opening of the hall, with the tower itself inspired by Saint Mark’s Campanile in Venice. Walk out onto the 250-foot (76-meter) high viewing platform for great views of downtown.

The Museum of Brisbane is located in the very heart of the city, in the City Hall. Take the King George Square entrance, walk through the foyer to the right and take the elevator up to the museum on level 3. Note that there are no stairs and that the cloakroom is on the ground floor. The museum is open daily, except major holidays. Admission is free.


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