Parasites: Life Undercover at the QLD Museum


PLEASE NOTE: As part of the Queensland Museum, The Sciencentre is undergoing a multi-million dollar redevelopment, and will close its doors on Sunday 3rd December 2017. The new Sciencentre is set to reopen in mid 2018. Stay tuned for updates!


Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Last day to experience the famous Action Stations and Body Zone section of the Sciencentre before it closes permanently.

Wednesday 6th December 2017  The Museum Plaza Entry (facing Melbourne Street) on Level 1 will also close and not open again until March 2018. Normal museum entry will be via the dinosaur garden on Level 0 on Grey Street or Level 2 from the Whale Mall.

Sunday 21 January 2018 – Perception Deception, the travelling exhibition from Questacon will be closed temporarily. All areas of Level 1 will be closed.

You can also keep up to date on the development by visiting Queensland Museum website, and social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.

Parasites: Life Undercover, at The Queensland 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. You may also notice that parts that dominated their experience previously, no longer do. This is why the Queensland Museum is one of those places you can go every couple of months (even if there isn’t a new exhibition), and find something new for your kids to be inspired by, to talk about, to Google or to find outside in the garden.

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Parasites: Life Undercover exhibition

The Parasites: Life Undercover Exhibition is, as you would imagine, all about parasites. What you can’t anticipate is the sheer variety of perspectives that the exhibition offers, from the many hosts to the variety of cunning parasites.

It is a one HUGE room exhibition with a number of displays either featuring very lifelike animals or oversized parasites. It won’t take up an entire visit to the museum but it is a must see if you go. Entry to the Museum and to this exhibition are free.


What are parasites?

A parasite is an organism which lives off another organism. When most people think of parasites they think of worms or ticks, (or dreaded head lice), but there are many different types of parasites; Malaria for example is caused by a parasite.

I know what you are thinking EW! but it is actually a very interesting exhibition made more engaging by the incredible animal and bug displays and the reactions of the kids that stare incredulously at what is in front of them. Take the time to explain to your kids what they are actually seeing and their minds will boggle further.

Parasites: Life Undercover kept my 4 year old completely mesmerised for about an hour. Maybe 10 minutes of that was having photos taken of her next to every display and then every display needed to be photographed again without her in it. She is obsessed by bugs and furry animals and Brisbane Kids would suggest it will appeal to any child with this sort of interest.

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What is on at the Queensland Museum

Once you finish at Parasites: Life Undercover you can head up the hall to Dinosaur Discovery, downstairs to the Playasaurus Garden or upstairs where Wild State Gallery and the Discovery Centre await. The Queensland Museum is open every day of the week 9.30-5pm, Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open ANZAC Day from 1.30 pm. You can pre-plan your day and download a Queensland Museum Floor Plan here.

We hope you enjoy your time at the Queensland Museum and all that South Bank has to offer!



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