Queensland Museum draws record crowds

13 May 2016

Media Statement from
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Museum has put Brisbane under the microscope and on the map this year, delighting record crowds, announced Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“In an incredible feat, more than 1.5 million people have already visited Queensland Museum South Bank in the first nine months of 2015-16, which is typically more than it receives in a full year,” the Premier said.

“This is thanks in part to the first World Science Festival outside of New York and the world premiere of a new British Museum exhibition.”

“The Museum attracted more than 120,000 people to the inaugural World Science Festival and more than 85,000 visitors to Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour — an Australian exclusive from the British Museum,” she said.

“The World Science Festival Brisbane will return to the Cultural Precinct in 2017 for another celebration of supercharged science from 22-26 March 2017.

“World Science Festival Brisbane delivers on the government’s Advance Queensland initiative, putting Queensland at the forefront of innovation in an era of unprecedented global technological change.

“This is an exciting time for Queensland Museum, which was named the most visited museum for two years running, and highlights Queensland’s capacity to host significant international events, and generate tourism dollars and jobs,” the Premier said.

“This year alone, Queensland hosted Nobel prize-winning scientists, Hollywood stars and medieval knights, and chatted with the world’s first emotionally intelligent robot as part of the supercharged inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane.”

“We are confident the World Science Festival Brisbane will become one of the State’s major tourist drawcards, further bolstering the $23 billion Queensland tourism industry which supports local economies and more than 200,000 jobs,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said international collaborations with British Museum and World Science Festival in New York helped to deliver Queensland content overseas.

“World Science Festival New York, to be held from 1-5 June 2016, follows on from the Brisbane event, while an ongoing relationship with British Museum has established valuable links for museum research staff,” she said.

“Closer to home, Queensland Museum is set to welcome back Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous on 21 June. The exhibition will then head to Townsville, opening at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on 10 December 2016.

“During their six months at the museum in 2015, the 20 animated, life-size dinosaur models broke the record as the most visited temporary exhibition in Queensland Museum’s history, fascinating 231,485 visitors,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

Queensland Museum CEO & Director, Professor Suzanne Miller, said the museum was always striving to develop new ways to share natural and cultural treasures and stories with the public.

“We have enjoyed incredible success with our festival and exhibition programs this year, which is testament to the hard work and passion of the Queensland Museum Network staff and to the public’s insatiable appetite for information.

“But we aren’t slowing down; visitors can expect exciting and engaging programming to keep on coming from our network of museums throughout the state.”

“With continued support from the public I am confident we’ll achieve our goal,” Professor Miller said.

To see what awaits you at the Queensland Museum, visit www.qm.qld.gov.au