Museum of Brisbane

Meet MoB: Melissa Bockelmann

Our Meet MoB series introduces you to the passionate people who keep Museum of Brisbane ticking. From curators, educators and arts marketers, to retail coordinators, installers and gallery hosts, meet the diverse team-members who help bring our city’s stories to life at the Museum. This week, we introduce you to  – Melissa Bockelmann, a Visitor Experience Member.

What are some of the unique aspects of your role as a Visitor Experience Team member?

I think one of the unique aspects is the amount of tours we deliver – from City Hall Tours, Clock Tower Tours to Museum Tours. Working as a Visitor Experience Team member I have accumulated quite some knowledge about Brisbane’s history. (I don’t even know that much about my own home town’s history.)

We are the face of the museum which means we welcome patrons, inform them about our exhibitions, programs and work to ensure a pleasant experience for them.   


Can you tell us a bit about your personal background? What led you to your current role at MoB?

I was born in Germany and I came to Australia about seven years ago. I’m an artist and I mostly paint, make zines, work with clay and I recently got into sewing dolls.

I really enjoy visiting museums and I think they play an important role in any city so when I heard about this job opening I  was excited to apply. 


Everyone has a secret talent! What is a fun fact or talent we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a talent, but rather a life long interest. I’ve been writing poetry since my early teens and I even joined a poetry class in school. 


What is your favorite artwork on display at MoB at the moment? Why?

It is hard to choose as I like so many. I do like Margaret Olley’s artwork Apples on Table because I really like her painting style. She also inspires me to become that old lady that still paints and is surrounded by her artworks.  


– Melissa Bockelmann, Visitor Experience Team

You can see Margaret Olley’s Apples on Table at Museum of Brisbane as part of the New Woman exhibition, open until 15 March.