Past exhibitions

Discover Queensland
01 January 2009 - 22 May 2016
Exhibition closing Sunday 22 May 2016. Discover Queensland presents objects, photographs and stories that capture the history, geography and social fabric of Queensland. There are stunning images, state-of-the-art technology, children's interactives and fascinating Queensland stories - all encouraging us to get out and discover our wonderful State.
Discover Queensland
Coral Coast
01 January 2009 - 22 May 2016
Exhibition closing Sunday 22 May 2016. Queensland is home to the Great Barrier Reef as well as six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, 20 of the world’s 54 sea snake species and the saltwater crocodile. Take a journey under the sea and explore life with our marine reptiles.
Coral Coast
Imagination Factory: Invent & Play
19 December 2009 - 12 December 2010
Feed your imagination with our new interactive exhibition from Questacon that celebrates basic mechanical tools and simple machines. The gears of your mind will be spinning with new ways to think about the mechanical world around you.
Imagination Factory: Invent & Play
Chenaya Bancroft-Davis
28 January 2010, 02:11 PM - 02:11 PM
Chenaya Bancroft-Davis
The Butterfly Man of Kuranda
17 February 2010 - 12 July 2010
A breathtaking look at the art and science of collecting. Take the opportunity to view some of our most prized insect collections. Their extraordinary arrangements of colour and form will amaze you as they have past generations of Queenslanders.
The Butterfly Man of Kuranda
Bloom: Wildflowers of Greater Brisbane
20 February 2010 - 19 September 2010
A garden of wildflowers surrounds Brisbane. Our new photography exhibition highlights some of the most beautiful plants in our back yard.
Bloom: Wildflowers of Greater Brisbane
Kenniff Cave on display
16 May 2010 - 10 July 2011
Artefacts that revolutionised the Australian public's appreciation of the country's Aboriginal past.
Closing 10 July.
Kenniff Cave on display
The early archaeological research of Skertchly
16 May 2010 - 10 July 2011
A past display documenting Professor Sydney Skertchly's pioneering work demonstrating the existence of ancient humans many hundreds of millennia ago.
On display as part of National Archaeology Week 2010.
The early archaeological research of Skertchly
Endangered species
17 May 2010 - 10 July 2011
Queensland has many different kinds of native plants and animals. Each known as a species. Some of our species have been lost forever. They have become extinct. Others are threatened. These are in danger of becoming extinct if they cannot be managed successfully. Exhibtion closing 10 July 2011.
Endangered species
Moving: Wheels, Wind, Water
17 May 2010 - 10 July 2011
View the planes flown by Bert Hinkler, personal items of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, and learn how Queenslanders used to travel.
Moving: Wheels, Wind, Water
Museum Zoo
17 May 2010 - 15 July 2011
An awesome array of over 700 prehistoric and modern animals on parade. Take a walk on the wild side with creatures let loose from the Museum's world-class Biodiversity Collection - from the tiniest to the tallest and all sorts in between. Exhibition closing before the end of July 2011.
Museum Zoo
Exposed! The story of swimwear
22 May 2010 - 08 August 2010
From neck-to-knee to next to nothing! Exposed! the story of swimwear highlights the designs and designers, past and present, at the forefront of Australian swimwear fashion.
Exposed! The story of swimwear
The Last Days of Burke & Wills
04 August 2010 - 05 December 2010
In an era of exploration, the Burke and Wills Expedition set out from Melbourne to chart an inland route to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The land the party crossed was, for them, an empty void; unknown, unchartered and unoccupied. It was a journey of discovery and desperation.
The Last Days of Burke & Wills
Tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal Women's Fibre Work
21 August 2010 - 21 November 2010
Tayenebe, a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning 'exchange', celebrates the revitalisation of Tasmanian Aboriginal weaving that has been taking place over the past three years.
Tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal Women's Fibre Work
This Company of Brave Men: The Gallipoli VCs
01 October 2010 - 14 November 2010
This Company of Brave Men: The Gallipoli VCs is a travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial, marking the 95th anniversary of that historic campaign, displays all nine of the Gallipoli VCs.
This Company of Brave Men: The Gallipoli VCs
Getting Sorted
19 October 2010 - 13 May 2011
Since QM was founded in 1862 our collections have been growing. So now it's time for some serious sorting. Getting Sorted is a rare opportunity to glimpse a range of objects not normally on display. You can also learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes in a big museum. On display until 26 April 2011.
Getting Sorted
Symbols of Australia
04 December 2010 - 27 February 2011
Symbols of Australia, a travelling exhibition exploring the diverse range of national symbols that define and represent Australia’s national identity will be on display at the Queensland Museum South Bank from 4 December 2010 – 27 February 2011.
Symbols of Australia
The Proclamation of Queensland
04 December 2010 09:30 AM - 12 December 2010 05:00 PM
The Proclamation of Queensland
The Proclamation of Queensland
Megawatt
19 February 2011 - 02 October 2011
How do we make electricity? Will we ever run out? Do animals use it?
Fire ants, electric guitars and safety switches are all featured in the Megawatt exhibition. Push, pull, press and play safely with electricity and explore the role of electricity in our everyday lives.
Megawatt
Brisbane Floods 2011
10 March 2011 09:30 AM - 27 March 2011 05:00 PM
This display features images and stories of Brisbane's flood prone past.
Brisbane Floods 2011
A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928
12 March 2011 - 22 May 2011
Imagine life in a different time with Herbert Basedow's photographs of early 20th-century expeditions into central and northern Australia.
A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928
Jack O'Chin's Boomerang
08 April 2011 - 02 October 2011
Jack Chinny O'Chin's boomerang was carved from locally grown Crows ash wood of the Wakka Wakka people whilst he was living at the former Cherbourg Aboriginal settlement in southern Queensland.

Jack O'Chin's Boomerang
The Governor’s Clothes: The civil and ceremonial dress of Sir Samuel Walker Griffith
06 May 2011 - 06 June 2011
The Governor’s Clothes: The civil and ceremonial dress of Sir Samuel Walker Griffith
The Governor’s Clothes: The civil and ceremonial dress of Sir Samuel Walker Griffith
Undersea
07 May 2011 - 05 June 2011
Catch a glimpse of life under the sea in our new photographic exhibition. This exhibition showcases a selection of unique marine animals and habitats from coral reefs around tropical northern Australia.
Undersea
100 Years of Geosciences
27 May 2011 - 02 October 2011
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Queensland Museum’s fossil collection. On 25 May 1911, Museum scientists registered the first fossil into a separate collection. Before this, fossils were registered in the main collection along with everything from worms to whales.
100 Years of Geosciences
A is for Animals: an A to Z of animals in war
16 June 2011 - 18 September 2011
This exhibition explores how animals are put to many uses in war, from mascots and messengers to creepy-crawlies. This special exhibition is an Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition and has been developed especially for children and their families.
A is for Animals: an A to Z of animals in war
Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait
25 June 2011 - 02 October 2011
The exhibition will showcase objects of extraordinary beauty and significance from Queensland Museum’s extensive Torres Strait collection and will light a path through life, culture and custom.
Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait
Whodunit?
20 January 2012 - 08 July 2012
A body, a break-in, mysterious fingerprints and a missing white rhino…. Can you solve the crime?
Whodunit?
Bouncing Back from Disaster
20 January 2012 - 20 May 2012
Bouncing Back from Disaster will pay tribute to the spirit of Queenslanders affected by 2011’s “summer of disasters” as well as exploring the effects of natural disasters on Queensland’s ecosystem.
Bouncing Back from Disaster
Rock Around the Block: Rock ‘N’ Roll George, Brisbane Legend
20 January 2012 - 30 June 2014
Discover the story behind Brisbane legend Rock 'N' Roll George and see behind the scenes and uncover the intricate scientific processes involved in looking after heritage objects as conservation work takes place on George’s car in the gallery.
Rock Around the Block: Rock ‘N’ Roll George, Brisbane Legend
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