Gain a greater appreciation for Queensland's capital city at the Museum of Brisbane, located in the premier heritage building of City Hall. Amid the many exhibits on display, be sure to check out the permanent collection for an overview of the city’s history or the rotating exhibits of local and international artwork.
The Museum of Brisbane offers a unique experience compared to other, more traditional museums. It focuses on the living history of Brisbane and how its changes have formed the milestones of the city’s evolution.
Housed on the third floor of the Brisbane City Hall, visitors have access to both historical and contemporary wonders. Admission is free and doors are open every day from 10am to 5pm, except for selected national holidays. Upon arrival, make sure you take in the permanent collection, which recounts Brisbane’s history from its beginnings as home to the Turrbal, Jagera and Quandamooka Aboriginal people to the modern-day metropolis it has become.
After learning about some of Brisbane's history, visit the top of the Clock Tower where a free 15-minute tour takes visitors to the observation deck 76 metres up in an old, hand-operated lift. It’s quite a charming way to do the bird’s-eye view experience of the city. If heights aren't your thing, there are two other free tours: one of City Hall, offered daily, and another of the building’s organ and the auditorium under the circular copper dome. Also on offer are five different galleries with new exhibitions all the time.
The Shingle Inn restaurant on the ground floor of City Hall is a reincarnation of one of Brisbane’s oldest and favorite cafes dating back to 1936, so head there for a bite after your dose of culture, or grab an espresso on the go from the Red Cross Cafe or other locales near King George Square. Public transport is very close, but a 15-minute walk to the scenic Brisbane City Botanic Gardens follows up a museum visit quite nicely.