Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over 1 million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation

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.


Guide to Exploring around Museum of Brisbane


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Museum of Brisbane

See all 1,045 Properties near Museum of Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane NT$2,445
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane

80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, and Brisbane Riverside Markets. Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Southbank Parklands are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brisbane Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 15 minutes.

    Great Southern Hotel Brisbane NT$1,493
    Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

    Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

    103 George Street, Brisbane, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Treasury Casino, Queen Street Mall, and Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Brisbane City Hall and Eagle Street Pier are also within 10 minutes. South Brisbane Station is 12 minutes by foot and Brisbane Central Station is 12 minutes.

      Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street NT$2,165
      Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street

      Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street

      40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Square Library, Queen Street Mall, and Wintergarden. Brisbane Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and South Brisbane Station is 11 minutes.

        Stamford Plaza Brisbane NT$3,343
        Stamford Plaza Brisbane

        Stamford Plaza Brisbane

        Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall and Museum of Brisbane are also within 15 minutes. Brisbane Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 18 minutes.

          Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane NT$2,056
          Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

          Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

          43 Herschel Street, Brisbane, QLD
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Hall Clock Tower, Brisbane Private Hospital, and Treasury Casino. Queen Street Mall and Gallery of Modern Art are also within 15 minutes. Brisbane Roma Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brisbane Central Station is 10 minutes.

            NEXT Hotel Brisbane NT$2,604
            NEXT Hotel Brisbane

            NEXT Hotel Brisbane

            72 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen Street Mall, Wheel of Brisbane, and Gallery of Modern Art. Southbank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland are also within 15 minutes. Brisbane Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and South Brisbane Station is 11 minutes.

              Oaks Charlotte Towers NT$2,569
              Oaks Charlotte Towers

              Oaks Charlotte Towers

              128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, and Queen Street Mall. Brisbane Riverside Markets and Brisbane Botanic Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Brisbane Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 14 minutes.

                Hilton Brisbane NT$3,360
                Hilton Brisbane

                Hilton Brisbane

                190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane, QLD
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen Street Mall, Treasury Casino, and Brisbane Botanic Gardens. South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brisbane Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 13 minutes.