When we think about museums in Brisbane, our incredible Queensland Museum and Sciencentre at South Bank always comes to mind. But did you know that we have many other museums throughout the city and in South-East Queensland that are perfect for families? These are our favourites. Click through on each to find out more or read our reviews.
Museums in Brisbane for families
The Abbey Museum, 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 experiences for children and is definitely one of the most hands-on and kid-focused museums you will find! Read our review of the Abbey Museum.
The Brisbane Tramway Museum, Ferny Grove
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. The museum is open to the general public on Sunday afternoons, between 12.30pm and 4.00pm, and daily to pre-booked school and coach groups. The museum is small, but packed full of interesting photos and memorabilia. There are even tram-related gift items, snacks and drinks to purchase. Read our full review of the Brisbane Tramway Museum.
Caboolture Historical Village, Caboolture
Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba
Museum of Brisbane, King George Square
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. Learn about the People, Places and Stories of our city at the Museum of Brisbane. For so many reasons, not least to gain an understanding and appreciation for how their lives differ from the experiences and landscape their grandparents lived through, it is important to share the history and stories from Brisbane’s past with our children. Which is why School excursions to the Museum of Brisbane are a great activity for teachers to consider.
Queensland Maritime Museum, South Bank
Staffed by volunteers, the Queensland Maritime Museum is a Brisbane Treasure, and is an ideal and different outing for Brisbane Kids, as it offers the opportunity to explore all types of oceanic concepts and words. Visitors are able to visit most parts of the ships on display, and experience living conditions on the Diamantina, a World War 2 naval vessel. You can also view a variety of exhibitions within the museum that portray the ship’s role and other naval memorabilia. Read our review of the Queensland Maritime Museum.
Queensland Museum, South Bank
The Queensland Museum is a wonderland of knowledge, fun, activity and intrigue that leaves little minds clambering for more and bodies happily exhausted from racing between all the exciting things on show. Where else can kids climb within mangrove roots, walk beneath dinosaurs, marvel at a mini hobbit house, experiment with gravity or get up close and personal with a range of Australian animals including spiders, sharks and snakes? The Queensland Museum is an expansive centre with five levels (0 – 4) of exhibitions to explore and entry is free (NOTE: visiting exhibitions may attract an admission fee)! The museum’s Lost Creatures exhibition charts the existence of dinosaurs in Queensland and is a must-see! Find out more about the Queensland Museum or read our child-focused review.
The Sciencentre, 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. The Sciencentre’s current exhibition, Mathamazing, is aimed at children aged 10 years plus, and features mazes, puzzles and other challenges with a mathematical focus (runs from 1st April to 3rd September 2017). Find out more about the Sciencentre in our child-focused review.
The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre, Amberley
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. Showcasing the incredible history of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the Heritage Centre has displays that include Sabre and Mirage fighter jets, a flawless WWII Jeep, Sioux and Iroquois helicopters and a Caribou airlifter. 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. Read our full review of the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.
Samford Museum, Samford
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. Since the museum opened in 1986, its members have been collecting objects from the district’s rural, domestic, educational, railway, timber, transport and local village history. It makes for a fascinating display of antiques (your Brisbane Kids will love the old-school toy collection!) as well as the opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work, sit at an old school desk and write on slate, put some hand washing through a ringer or see milk churned into butter, the old fashioned way. Read the complete Brisbane Kids review of Samford Museum.
The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich
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 in 1865 the very first train to run in Queensland steamed west from the Ipswich Railway Workshops to the small settlement at Grandchester. Real trains and multimedia exhibitions are packed into the Museum and include a diesel train simulator, a recreation of a long haul train departure from the 1920s, one of a kind pieces such as the Vice-Regal carriage, and the future of rail with a Tilt Train simulator. Read the full Brisbane Kids review of The Workshops Rail Museum.