Museums and Galleries

Brisbane is so lucky to have many child-friendly art galleries and free museums that are awesome for kids. The best thing about the Brisbane culture scene is that most exhibitions for kids seem to be free or low cost and are very hands on (as they should be). Exhibitions vary from the very permanent through to those that come to our city for just a short time. Public transport is close by to all the inner city galleries and museums and parking fairly low cost considering its inner city location.

Enjoying Museums and Galleries in Brisbane with Kids

We want to give you our top tips for enjoying the cultural scene with your kids. It’s not like an indoor fun centre, when you can simply walk in and let them run wild or like a movie where you can simply walk along silently… You need to be an active participant.

The great thing about visiting galleries and museums is that every time you visit you will get something new out of the experience, as will your child. As their interest change, and as they grow, they will find different places in the museums and galleries interesting.

If you can, don’t rush through the entire Queensland Museum in one day, explore one floor and return on another day to visit the next. Don’t sit back in the art activities at the Gallery of Modern Art, GET INVOLVED.

Ask them what they think of a certain piece of art, ask them “what made them come to that conclusion”- encourage their creative thinking. AND if you can, when you head home extend any ideas they mentioned, or art methods you saw, to make the most of your visit.

marvel cinematic exhibition

The Gallery of Modern Art is hosting the largest ever Marvel exhibition in an art museum in the world. It is a collection, a celebration and indeed a marvel of all the greatest costumes, ideas, characters and storylines to... Read More


Mathamazing at The Sciencentre | April to September 2017

Attached to the Queensland Museum at South Bank is the Sciencentre. It’s a fantastic destination for families, with many displays that allow visitors to get hands-on and experience science at work. As well as the exciting permanent exhibits on offer at the Sciencentre, temporary exhibitions regularly transform the space. The current exhibition, aimed at children …

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Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast

If you have a Brisbane Kid with an interest in history, it may be worth a visit to Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast, formerly known as Bli Bli Castle. Over the past 10 years, Sunshine Castle have shifted the focus of its displays and exhibits to a medieval museum, complete with spectacular swords, armour …

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Parasites: Life Undercover at the QLD Museum

The Queensland Museum at South Bank is one of those Brisbane destinations that should be visited often. Bring your curious kids and have a day out focussed on the strange and wonderful creatures of our world. As your kids grow and develop you will notice that different sections of the Museum garner different levels of interest. …

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The Wild State Gallery, Queensland Museum – The Review

We say it all the time.  How very fortunate our Brisbane Kids are to grow up where they do.  But do they (or we for that matter) really understand and appreciate in full just how diverse and unique this land we are lucky enough to call our home really is?   Do you, for instance, know …

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Wild State Gallery At The Queensland Museum

Wild State at the Queensland Museum is a new, permanent gallery celebrating the diverse animals and habitats that make Queensland so incredibly unique and special.  Did you know Queensland has more animal species than any other state in Australia? Queensland is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. This child friendly museum exhibition offers …

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Caboolture Historical Village – yesteryear fun for families

The Caboolture Historical Village is the number one tourist attraction in the Caboolture region, and it’s easy to see why. A dedicated team of volunteers bring the village to life seven days per week, giving families a snapshot of life “in the olden days”. Operated by the Caboolture Historical Society, the village showcases buildings, vehicles …

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School Excursions to the Museum of Brisbane

There is no question that the world in which our little ones are growing up today is one that is vastly different to the one in which their grandparents and great-grandparents inhabited.  More so than just the usual advances that occur, it feels like in the last 10-20 years in particular things have not just …

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Learn about the people, places and stories of our city at The Museum of Brisbane

The Museum of Brisbane is located on top of Brisbane City Hall off King George Square, and it holds a significant place in the hearts of Brisbane residents. It’s an iconic symbol of Brisbane’s heart – where locals along with interstate and international visitors can discover and explore the people, places and stories of Brisbane …

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Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane

Give any child some colour pencils, pens, paints and a piece of paper (or a wall if you are unlucky enough to have the adventurous creative who likes to work on a larger canvas) and you have on your hands a little artist.  Usually these simple tools promote deep concentration, tongues clasped firmly between lips …

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Newstead House for families | THE REVIEW

Kids are always on the lookout for new things to learn about and understand. A day trip to Newstead House in the heart of Brisbane provides a window into our colonial history that kids can experience in a hands on way, as well as the opportunity to take in the gorgeous park surroundings and to …

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Samford Museum – Old fashioned family fun

The spirit of yesteryear is alive and well at the Samford Museum, where Brisbane Kids can step back in time and experience life before modern convenience. Things to see and do at Samford Museum Since the museum opened in 1986, its members have been collecting objects from the district’s rural, domestic, educational, railway, timber, transport …

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Brisbane Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove | THE REVIEW

Take your Brisbane Kids on a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Brisbane Tramway Museum in Ferny Grove, and see how Brisbane Kids travelled around our city in years gone by. What to expect at the Brisbane Tramway Museum The museum is open to the general public on Sunday afternoons, between 12.30pm …

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The Abbey Museum in Caboolture

Most parents love the idea of raining a bit of culture over their children but are hesitant in planning a trip to most museums and galleries because of the restrictions that can be placed on kids.  Well, look no further.  The Abbey Museum in Caboolture has a core vision of providing quality cultural and educational …

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Queensland Museum Scavenger Hunt for Lost Creatures

If you have been to the Queensland Museum at South Bank lately then you would know they have a very special exhibition on the main floor. The Lost Creatures Exhibition is all about the recent palaeontology discoveries in Queensland. Expect to be greeted by everything from the impressive Muttaburrasauras to the more well known kangaroo …

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Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba | THE REVIEW

On a recent trip to visit my parents in Toowoomba, I decided it was time to introduce my two year old and my five year old to some local history at Cobb & Co Museum. It had been years since I’d last walked through the national carriage collection. I was also aware that the Museum …

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Lost Creatures Exhibition | Queensland Museum, South Bank

Please note: This event is now finished. Just in time for the summer school holidays, an incredible new permanent exhibit opened at the Queensland Museum, South Bank on Friday 13th December 2013. Lost Creatures uncovers the most recent palaeontology discoveries in Queensland, allowing visitors the most up-close experience with local dinosaurs, giant marine animal and megafauna …

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Queensland Art Gallery

If you have a love and appreciation for great art and would like to encourage this in your children as well then, believe it or not, the Queensland Art Gallery should be put high on your list of things to do with the kids.  Although walking around the quiet halls with thousands of dollars worth …

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The Sciencentre for Toddlers | South Bank

Attached to the Queensland Museum at South Bank is the Sciencentre. It’s a fantastic destination for families, with many displays that allow visitors to get hands-on and experience science at work. The Sciencentre is also the perfect place to introduce your toddler to science in an enjoyable and immersive environment. Fun for toddlers The permanent …

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World Culture for Kids in Brisbane

Want to bring a little culture to your Brisbane Kid’s weekend? There are tons of great places to take your kids here in Brizzy. It’s time to expand those little horizons and learn a bit about the cultures around us! China Town Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s China Town mall on Duncan …

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The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at Mt Coot-tha

The Brisbane Planetarium Is your Brisbane Kid crazy for anything relating to stars and the universe? If so, a visit to the Brisbane Planetarium is definitely called for. With a focus on education that is delivered in an easily understood format for children and adults alike, the Planetarium is a must visit for all Brisbane …

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The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

If your Brisbane Kid or another member of your family has an interest in planes or military aviation, the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is a must see. Located on the RAAF base at Amberley and about a 40 minute drive from the Brisbane CBD, the museum offers an inexpensive and educational day out. Things …

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Art Activities for Kids in Brisbane | The Gallery of Modern Art

This is an old review- please head to main listing of the Gallery of Modern art here How to get to the Gallery of Modern Art Head into the city and park under cover at the Cultural Forecourt for a flat rate of $15.  Alternatively park at New Farm Park on Brunswick, no charge and catch …

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The Queensland Maritime Museum

The next time you are at Southbank you might notice the Queensland Maritime Museum at the southern end of the river. Staffed by volunteers, this Brisbane Treasure is an ideal and different outing for Brisbane Kids, offering the opportunity to explore all types of oceanic concepts and words. The Brisbane Maritime Museum Visitors are able …

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Ipswich Museum | The Workshops Rail Museum

The Workshops Rail Museum All aboard for BIG LOUD FUN at The Workshops Rail Museum! There are so many places to go if you love trains in Brisbane but number one on the list would have to be the Ipswich Rail Museum! Hands up who knew Ipswich was the birthplace of rail in Queensland? Back …

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Explore Brisbane | Abbey Museum | Caboolture

Visiting the Abbey Art and Archeology Museum, in Caboolture, just 40 minutes from Brisbane, is like stepping back in time. The stuff inside, old and ancient, makes you think and wonder.  The significance of the artifacts produces a certain reverence, almost compelling you to hold your breath so to be very, very quiet, as though …

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The Brisbane Museum That’s for Kids

The Brisbane Museum That’s for Kids The Brisbane Museum I am talking about is better known as the Queensland Museum and this is a review of it since its 2011/12 renovation. I call it a review, because I took along my three kids- Jack who is 5, Tom who who is 2.5 and Summer who is …

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The Queensland Maritime Museum

The Queensland Maritime Museum The QLD Maritime Museum is a perfect addition to your visit to South Bank. Open 9.30am-4.30pm. This museum receives over 35000 visitor per year and operates all year round except 24-26 Dec, Good Friday and reduced hours Anzac day. This is likely to be enjoyed by any Brisbane child, who will marvel …

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The Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery is another wonderful Brisbane art gallery that embraces children, this gallery has tonnes of programmes for Brisbane kids that you will find under our art classes section and in our calendar. They are also Australia’s first art gallery dedicated gallery space for children. Children’s Gallery at the Ipswich Art Gallery The Children’s Gallery at …

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The Sciencentre | Science Centre South Bank

Attached to the Queensland Museum at South Bank is the Sciencentre. It’s a fantastic destination for families, with many displays that allow visitors to get hands-on and experience science at work. The Sciencentre is the perfect place to introduce your Brisbane Kids to science in a relaxed and interactive environment. Sciencentre permanent exhibitions The Sciencentre is …

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The Gallery Of Modern Art

This is a general listing for the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), located at South Bank. We support this general listing with a specific GOMA for Kids review and another that focuses on the toddler friendly activities at GOMA. The Gallery of Modern Art is situated in the same precinct as the Queensland Museum, State …

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The Queensland Museum

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have to be as old as some of the exhibited antiques found there in order to enjoy a visit to the Queensland Museum.   The truth is, it’s actually a wonderland of knowledge, fun, activity and intrigue that leaves little minds clambering for more and bodies happily exhausted from …

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