Museum of Brisbane

About

Museum of Brisbane brings our city’s vibrant art, culture and history to life through our exhibitions, workshops, tours, talks, special events and MoB Kids children’s activities.

About

Here at Museum of Brisbane we believe art, culture and history should be experienced.

We encourage you to think boldly, share your ideas and challenge your perceptions. From co-creating with artists to reflecting on contemporary identity, our goal is to ensure you have a memorable and insightful experience every visit.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Brisbane and surrounds, the Yuggara, Turrbal, Jinibara, Quandamooka and neighbouring clan groups. We are privileged to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, artists, curators, writers and storytellers to share and celebrate the rich knowledge, art and histories of our First Nations communities.

The Museum is dedicated to supporting the city’s many talented artists, designers, writers, historians and storytellers. We invite artists to create works inspired by our beautiful city and engage our visitors in a global conversation.

Any day in the Museum you may find Traditional Owners sharing local lore, an artist-in-residence creating new work, a performance in one of our exhibitions and our educators nurturing curiosity and creativity.

Our Museum Guides are among Brisbane’s best storytellers and every day we take hundreds of visitors on tours of City Hall and to the top of the iconic Clock Tower. These tours blend historical fact with tales about some of the city’s best-known personalities, anecdotes and trivia.

We also work closely with the artists, designers, writers, artisans and small creative businesses of Brisbane and South East Queensland to present bespoke ranges of jewellery, fashion accessories, home-wares, design objects and books in our much-loved MoB Shop.

Museum of Brisbane is a not-for-profit cultural organisation that relies on the support of visitors and our community. Thanks for helping us share the best of Brisbane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue

Museum of Brisbane is an oasis from the hustle of the city; a sleek, contemporary space boldly placed on the rooftop of the city’s premier heritage building, City Hall.

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

The Museum comprises five galleries, a Studio, and the Dome Lounge.

History

Museum of Brisbane opened in October 2003, replacing the 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.

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 building’s most beautiful features – the clock tower and copper dome.

Vision

To explore and present all that is Brisbane to the world, its past, present and future.

Mission

To be recognised as a museum of national significance that is integral to preserving Brisbane’s cultural legacy and identity by inspiring curiosity, celebrating creativity and fostering belonging.

 

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.

 

2019: Museums Australasia Mutlimedia & Publication Design Awards

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

2019: 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.

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).