Museum of Brisbane

Our story

Our story

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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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.

 

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).