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Museum of Brisbane is central to conversations about the evolving life of Brisbane, its histories and contemporary cultures. 

Housed within iconic Brisbane City Hall, MoB celebrates the creatives and history makers to deepen an understanding of place. We reflect Brisbane’s people and passions and its ever-evolving cultures.

Museum of Brisbane is Brisbane City Council’s leading history and art museum, where you can experience our city’s vibrant culture.

History

Museum of Brisbane opened in October 2003, on the ground floor of City Hall. At MoB we build on the foundations of the earlier Brisbane City Gallery. In 2010, when City Hall closed for restoration, the Museum relocated temporarily to nearby Ann Street. MoB reopened in April 2013 after a significant refurbishment of City Hall.

Now located in a purpose-built gallery, Museum of Brisbane is on the top floor of the revitalised City Hall, offering views of two of the building’s heritage features, the Clock Tower and copper dome.

First Nations acknowledgement:

Museum of Brisbane acknowledges the historical significance of Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We pay our respects to First Nations individuals and communities — past, present and emerging — and thank them for being integral to MoB conversations about the evolving life of our city. Brisbane and its greater region are located on the custodial homelands of the Yuggera, Turrubul, Jinabara, Quandamooka and neighbouring nations.

MoB’s programs expand opportunities for exchange, collaborative partnerships and cultural engagement across First Nations communities. Exhibitions are interactive, provocative and alive. MoB invests in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collection in addition to our curated exhibitions. MoB is committed to reconciliation.

Museum of Brisbane embraces the past, present and future by showcasing and reflecting the stories and artworks of our city’s storytellers. MoB celebrates the uniqueness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through art and imagery, collections and conversations, collaborations and connections to our city’s First Nations peoples.

Annual Reports
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2018-19
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2017-18
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2016-17
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2015-16
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2014-15
Museum of Brisbane Annual Report 2013-14
Awards

Museum of Brisbane is highly regarded for its innovation and contemporary international practice. MoB is the recipient of major awards since its 2003 inception, twice 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.

2019

Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards:


  • Winner in Invitation for The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

Museums and Galleries National Awards:


  • Winner in Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement for Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories
  • Highly Commended Finalist in Exhibition Branding Package for The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive
2017

Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

  • Finalist in Projects, Organisations with paid staff for Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories
  • Finalist in Engagement, Organisations with paid staff for Indigenous Culture Learning Program 
2016

Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

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

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

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

  • Highly Commended Multimedia (Level A) for Help us finish the stories of Brisbane

Heritage and Cultural Tourism Category at the Queensland Tourism Awards

  • Bronze award

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards

  • Gold award: Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 – 23 March 2008)

Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

  • Media award: Remembering Goodna: Stories from a Queensland Mental Hospital (2 November 2007 – 23 March 2008)

Museum of Brisbane respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Brisbane and surrounding areas, and other First Nation peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.