About

About

Museum of Brisbane is part of the living history of the city, examining how Brisbane and its people continue to change over time and revealing how each of our individual and collective stories are the milestones of the city’s evolution.

The Museum explores the seemingly ordinary people and places of Brisbane to uncover unexpected and fascinating stories and delivers a changing program of exhibitions that provoke discussion and thought about the city and its communities.

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About

Venue

Museum of Brisbane is located on Level 3, Brisbane City Hall. Holding a significant place in the hearts of Brisbane residents as the ‘People’s Place’ City Hall has the enviable title of Brisbane’s premier heritage building.

As the iconic symbol of our city’s heart, it is only fitting that City Hall should continue to provide a place where residents of the city, along with interstate and international visitors, can discover and explore the people, places and stories of Brisbane.

Up on the roof of City Hall the Museum provides an oasis in the city, housing five galleries, a theatrette, and the Dome Lounge.

History

Museum of Brisbane opened in October 2003, replacing the existing Brisbane City Gallery, on the ground floor of City Hall.

In 2010, when City Hall closed for restoration, the Museum temporarily relocated to Ann Street.

It re-opened after a significant refurbishment to City Hall in April 2013. In its 10 years, more than three million visitors have enjoyed more than 120 exhibitions.

Reopening in 2013 in a purpose-built gallery on Level 3, Museum of Brisbane is the jewel in the crown of the revitalised City Hall, offering views of two of the buildings most beautiful features – the clock tower and copper dome.

Vision

To discover and show all that is Brisbane to the world.

 Mission

The mission of Museum of Brisbane is to research and present a changing program of high quality exhibitions that explore and present all that is Brisbane, to establish itself as a museum of national significance by creating rich cultural experiences that inform, educate and entertain.

Board

Sallyanne Atkinson AO (Chairman)
Andrew Harper
Jeff Humphreys
Alison Kubler
Chris Tyquin
David Askern (Company secretary)

Annual reports

Media

CONTACT

For all media enquiries, interviews and images, please contact Agency North.

 

Media releases

 

Contact Agency North:
0431 868 382
mvanhomrigh@agencynorth.com.au

17 August 2016

From the political to the playful: new Museum of Brisbane exhibition Ink Remix takes a modern twist on traditional ink art

3 August 2016

Museum of Brisbane Director to move to MAAS

1 July 2016

Turning the perception of a museum on its head

29 March 2016

Exhibition reveals human impact of war through intimate untold stories

16 December 2015

New exhibition reveals glimpse into the future of Brisbane

11 December 2015

Brisbane and Japan meet in new ceramic exhibition

30 September 2015

Museum of Brisbane searches for 100 residents to star in 2016 exhibtion

8 September 2015

Museum of Brisbane pushes photographic boundaries in new exhibition

24 July 2015

Museum of Brisbane celebrates the wonderful ordinariness of suburban life in new exhibition

Awards

The Museum and its staff are highly regarded for their innovation and contemporary international practice across the museum and gallery sector. The recipient of a number of ‚ major awards during its brief history, the Museum has been twice been awarded the top honour at the prestigious Museums and Galleries National Awards as well as  multiple Queensland Museum and Gallery Achievement Awards, Museums Australia Multimedia and Publications Design Awards and National Trust of Queensland Awards.

 

2016: Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Joint winner in the category of Organisations with paid staff for 100% Brisbane.

2016: Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects President's Prize

Recognises individuals or organisations for their contribution to or support of the architectural profession – awarded for Living in the city: New architecture in Brisbane & the Asia-Pacific

2015: Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Finalist organisations with paid staff for Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood

2015: Museums and Galleries National Awards

Best temporary or travelling exhibition for Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Highly commended temporary or travelling exhibition for David Malouf and friends

2014: Museums Australia Multimedia and Publications Design Awards

High commended multimedia (Level a): Help us finish the stories of Brisbane

2014: Heritage and Cultural Tourism Category at the Queensland Tourism Awards

Bronze award

2014: Museums Australia Multimedia and Publications Design Awards

Best multimedia: Stories from the City

Best institution website: www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

Best program website:  10 Years, 10 Stories

2014: Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA)

Best permanent exhibition or gallery fitout: The River: A history of Brisbane

2012: ‚ Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Outstanding achievement: my own private neon oasis (12 September ‚“- 31 October 2011, Sunnybank).

2012: ‚ Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Queensland Awards / Toyota Community Award

This award is for partnerships between businesses and arts and cultural organisations that enhance the life of communities. Museum of Brisbane and Sunnybank Plaza received the award for my own private neon oasis (12 September ‚“- 31 October 2011, Sunnybank).

2012: ‚ Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Queensland Awards / Good Practice Recognition

All partnerships, projects and programs are assessed for good practice recognition. Nominations deemed by the judges to demonstrate good practice will be acknowledged at the state awards events and entitled to use the good practice stamp provided by AbaF.

2010: Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Outstanding achievement:‚“ Prejudice & Pride: Recognising the contribution of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Brisbane (4 June -‚“ 17 October 2010).

2009: National Trust of Queensland, Bendigo Bank Heritage Award

10 Days in August: Memories of the EKKA (25 July ‚“- 16 November 2008).

2008: Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Outstanding achievement‚“: Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 -‚“ 23 March 2008).

2008: National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards

John Herbert Memorial Award for most outstanding achievement: Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 -‚“ 23 March 2008).

2008: National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards

Gold award‚“: Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 -‚“ 23 March 2008).

2008: Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Media award:‚“ Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 -‚“ 23 March 2008).

Collection

The City of Brisbane Collection is owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council, and is cared for and managed by Museum of Brisbane. Beginning in 1859 with the foundation of local government in Brisbane, the Collection‚™’s holdings expanded in 1912 when a large number of works by local artist Richard Randall were donated by his father. During the 1960s and 1970s more works were added through gifts and purchases when the City Hall Arts and Historical Committee became responsible for development of the Collection.

A collection of historical ceramics grew after the appointment of a curator during the 1970s and contemporary works by Brisbane artists were acquired during the 1990s. Since the launch of Museum of Brisbane in 2003, works by contemporary artists and a number of multimedia presentations have been commissioned as part of Museum exhibitions and added to Collection holdings, which now exceed 5000 items.

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Shop

The Museum of Brisbane shop reflects the Museum’s purpose to discover and explore the people, places and stories of Brisbane. Through the shop the Museum aims to support local artists by featuring a range of Brisbane-based creatives including Hoopoe Home, Core, Each to Own, Bambambu, J Frank, Little Building Co, Virginia Jones, Maker & Merchant and Husque.

The team at the Museum also create merchandise collections exclusively in complement to the exhibition program, which allows visitors to take a piece of their favourite exhibition home with them.

In partnership with Folio Books, the Museum shop also stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books with a focus on Brisbane art, culture and history.

The Museum of Brisbane shop is open from 10am – 5pm, seven days a week.

 

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FAQs

How far ahead do you plan exhibitions?

Exhibition programs are approved 3 years in advance, with individual exhibitions being in development from between 6 months and 2 years, depending on their size and complexity.

How do I submit an exhibition proposal?

If you wish to submit an exhibition proposal, please email‚ info@museumofbrisbane.com.au‚ and your inquiry will be forwarded to the Executive Coordinator. Our Executive Coordinator will then be in contact.

Does the Museum have a permanent collection?

Museum of Brisbane is the custodian of the City of Brisbane Collection.

How do I donate works?

Please email‚ info@museumofbrisbane.com.au, with an image and details of the potential donation. Our Collection‚ Manager will then be in contact.

Conditions of entry?

To ensure the safety of the artworks, and in consideration of other visitors, we ask that movement through the Museum be orderly and considerate. For the safety of artworks and visitors, it is a requirement that visitors to the Museum must accept and comply with these conditions.

  • No touching of artwork or any items exhibited
  • No food/drink
  • No smoking
  • No large bags or helmets
  • No umbrellas
  • No flash photography
  • No selfie sticks
  • Group visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance by contacting 07 3999 0800
  • Mobile phones should be turned to silent mode
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