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 – providing an oasis in the city, and housing five galleries, a theatrette, and the Dome Lounge.
A purpose-built gallery
The Museum of Brisbane opened in October 2003, replacing the existing Brisbane City Gallery, however, in 2010 City Hall closed for restoration and the Museum temporarily relocated to Ann Street. In April 2013 it reopened in a purpose-built gallery on Level 3 of Brisbane City Hall, offering intriguing views of two of the building’s most beautiful features – the clock tower and copper dome. Since reopening, the Museum has seen up to one million visitors walk through the newly restored space.
The Museum of Brisbane’s Mission
The Museum of Brisbane’s mission is to research and present a changing program of high quality exhibitions, which explores and presents all that Brisbane is. The Museum wants to establish itself as a museum of national significance by creating rich cultural experiences that inform, educate and entertain visitors from all over the world.
The City of Brisbane Collection
The Museum of Brisbane also manages and cares for The City of Brisbane Collection, owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council. A collection that began in 1859 with the foundation of local government, it expanded in 1912 when a large number of works by local artist Richard Randall were donated by his father. During the 1960s and 1970s more works were added through gifts and purchases when the City Hall Arts and Historical Committee became responsible for development of the Collection.
Local contemporary art and multimedia presentations
Since the launch of Museum of Brisbane in 2003, works by contemporary artists and a number of multimedia presentations have been commissioned as part of Museum exhibitions and added to Collection holdings, which now exceed 5,000 items.
Award-winning museum in Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane is highly regarded for its innovation and contemporary international practice and has won a number of major awards during its brief history. The Museum has twice been awarded the top honour at the prestigious Queensland Museum and Gallery Achievement Awards, as well as major National Trust of Queensland Awards.
The Museum of Brisbane is located on level 3, City Hall, Brisbane City, and is open 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is free.
To find out more about the Museum of Brisbane, including current exhibitions, please visit www.museumofbrisbane.com.au.