Bribie Island Seaside Museum

entrance to Bribie Island Seaside Museum

NOTE: Bribie Island Seaside Museum is currently closed for improvement works from 22 February to 20 May 2021.

Explore the intriguing and fascinating history of Bribie Island in a beautiful contemporary museum. The Bribie Island Seaside Museum enjoys scenic views across the glimmering waters of the Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay. The museum is a great addition to your visit to Bribie Island, with beautiful parks, local eateries and wildlife habitats close by.

displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum

Museum features

The museum features:

  • a theatre showing films about the S.S Koopa and holidaying on Bribie Island;
  • a large collection of preserved fish dating back to 1905 from Moreton Bay waters;
  • the social history of the people and places of Bribie Island and its role in World War II;
  • the story and some belongings of the internationally-renowned artist Ian Fairweather and other Bribie Island personalities;
  • a replica World War II bunker detailing some of Bribie Island’s role in defending the Brisbane line;
  • a designated space for new exhibitions that change several times a year;
  • interactive displays and activities for young and old;
  • a diverse programme of events and workshops for adults and children.

The museum shop

The museum shop offers a wonderful choice of items all relating to the seaside; from local history books, to fishing guides, kids toys and games, and fun decor.

visitors looking at beach couture museum exhibition

Beach history and Australian stories

There are permanent displays featuring a snapshot of early coastal life, with fashionable swimwear from years gone by. Check out the visitors’ visas and passports that were once issued to visitors to the ‘Republic of Bribie Island’ and other relics from the early 1900’s.

The Museum displays a small model replica of The Norfolk captained by Matthew Flinders during his 1799 circumnavigation, the first of Australia. Its local significance is highlighted by a narration of Matthew Flinders interaction with the local Indigenous community upon arriving on Bribie Island. The display describes the local indigenous culture with information about early life, their bush skills, and interactions with early white settlers.

Tokens from the second world war, when Australian and American forces were present on the Island, are on view in the Fortress Bribie Island display. The display ties into the ruins on Woorim Beach which is an interesting way to link between the past and present if you are able to make the trip up the beach, (the journey to this part of Bribie is offroad, on the beach, requiring a beach permit and 4wd.)

girl looking and pointing at museum display

Ocean displays

Creatures from the deep are on show in the Bribie Museum and your kids will love the remarkable range of preserved fish and aquatic creatures from the Amateur Fishing Association of Queensland. A fiberglass dugong hangs from the ceiling and a life-sized loggerhead turtle is down at child level.

woman and toddler interacting with museum exhibits

Getting to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum

You will love the air-conditioned haven the Museum offers during the middle of a hot summer’s day. Bribie Island Seaside Museum is wheelchair accessible with ramps and wide hallways. Disabled toilets and baby change facilities are available. Off-street parking is available, but it is also used by beachgoers. Located nearby are local cafes and takeaway options for lunch.

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is located at 1 South Esplanade at Bongaree on Bribie Island, approximately one-hour north of Brisbane Central Business District and 50 minutes south of Caloundra via car.

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm. They are closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all public holidays except Australia Day, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Admission is free!

To find out more, please visit the Bribie Island Seaside Museum website.

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