Museum of Brisbane

500,000th visitor!

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We are very excited to cap off an exceptional year with the milestone of half a million visitors since reopening 18 months ago.

To list just a few of the highlights of the year for us include:

  • Winning best permanent exhibition for The River: a history of Brisbane at the Museum & Galleries National Awards.
  • Opening five new exhibitions:
    • The many lives of Moreton Bay
    • Captured: Early Brisbane photographers and their Aboriginal subjects
    • David Malouf and friends
    • Euan Macleod: Moreton Island
    • Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood (one of the most ambitious undertakings in the Museum’s 10-year history)
  • And recently taking out a bronze prize at the Queensland Tourism Awards for Cultural & Heritage tourism.

A great outcome of the exhibition The many lives of Moreton Bay was the discovery of the only known painting of St Helena Island when it was an operating maximum security prison. The beautiful 1878 watercolor, painted by a prisoner on the island, is now a permanent part of the Museum collection.

Here’s a quick message from our Director Peter Denham:

We have well and truly settled in to our new home on the roof of City Hall and half a million visitors in just 18 months is a testament to the overwhelmingly positive public response. It has been an honour to work with so many nationally acclaimed artists, photographers, writers, historians and curators this year and we are excited to share more fascinating stories about our city with audiences next year. We are very grateful to our audiences and the generous support of the Museum’s Board and Brisbane City Council.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk also congratulated us on the achievements of the year:

This milestone is testament to the success of the City Hall renovations and the pride of place that Museum of Brisbane had in the city’s premier heritage building. In just 18 months Museum of Brisbane has seen 500,000 people visit to witness some of the extraordinary exhibitions on offer, demonstrating its appeal as a tourism icon in the heart of the city. With such a popular reception from tourists and residents alike, it is hardly surprising that the Museum has been recognised with a host of tourism industry awards.

As the only cultural organisation dedicated to exploring and celebrating the people, places and stories of the city, we would like to thank our visitors, both local, interstate and international, for letting us share our stories with them.

We look forward to celebrating 1 million soon!