Museum of Brisbane

100% Brisbane

  • Til 28 Oct 18
  • Exhibition now closed

Every one of us has a story.
Together, they tell the story of Brisbane.

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100% Brisbane

We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story. You. Me. And everyone in between. People from all walks of life, beliefs and backgrounds. No two of us are the same, but when we connect we form a city, a community. Together we are Brisbane.

100% Brisbane is an exhibition like no other you’ve seen before.  In an exciting world-first, Museum of Brisbane has collaborated with celebrated Berlin based theatre company Rimini Protokoll to create a powerful and unforgettable interactive exhibition experience which brings together 100 residents who currently call Brisbane home. Fascinating and deeply moving, their personal stories will be revealed alongside beliefs and attitudes that shape who we are, creating a real-time snapshot of our city.

From the enduring culture of our Aboriginal community to the modern metropolis which continues to grow and change,
100% Brisbane puts our city under the microscope like never before. Take a journey from the past through to the present day in ‘A Brisbane Story’, a short film written and presented by acclaimed author and actor William McInnes. Throughout the exhibition you will discover first-hand accounts of people’s experiences of living in Brisbane, alongside some of our city’s most defining moments.

This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city.
100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.


Explore 100% Brisbane

100% Brisbane is a world-first exhibition that takes a real-time snapshot of our city. You can touch, watch, listen and smell your way through the exhibition. Discover the different sections which come together to create 100% Brisbane.

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Members of the local Aboriginal community share their thoughts on what Country means to them.



Birth of a city

1825 to 1839 Brisbane was a prison for convicts before being opened to free settlers in 1842


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A Brisbane Story

A short film exploring Brisbane’s history, written and presented by actor and author William McInnes.


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Meanjin to Brisbane

As Brisbane developed, thousands of Aboriginal people were dispossessed of their land.

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Tram days

Brisbane’s tramway network serviced the city for nearly 80 years, playing a significant role in day-to-day life.

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Brisbane River floods

Brisbane has experienced several major flood events, significantly impacting the city.

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Brisbane DNA

Discover the thoughts, opinions and life stories of 100 Brisbane residents.

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Explore the dynamic relationship between people and place, and what connects us to the city.


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A day in the life of Brisbane

Discover fun facts about life in Brisbane.


Scents of the city

Experience some of the evocative scents of Brisbane.


ABC Radio Booth

Come and add your views to ours in the 100% Brisbane ABC Radio Brisbane Booth then tune in to ABC Radio Brisbane for a chance to hear your story on air.


Here’s what you had to say.

Benjamin and Diane – 20 July 2016
Dan and Hazel – 20 July 2016
Rosco recalls his childhood memories of the Ekka from 1940s – 28 July 2016



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Past events

100% Brisbane hosts a series of talks, tours and events. From curator tours, to panel discussions, meet everyday change-makers, and uncover what makes a city. Catch up on past events here.

For the current full program visit our what’s on page.

In conversation with Uncle Bob Anderson - 21 August 2016

Dr Robert Anderson OAM, also known as Uncle Bob, is a Ngugi Elder from Mulgumpin in Quandamooka, South East Queensland. Join this well-respected elder as he shares stories from his life and his thoughts for the future of Brisbane and the Quandamooka people.

In conversation with Uncle Bob Anderson

Without A House Homelessness In Brisbane Panel Discussion - 4 September 2016

On any given night in Brisbane around 300 people sleep rough in parks, under bridges, in laneways, car parks and abandoned buildings. Many organisations in Brisbane are working hard to shift perceptions surrounding homelessness. One of the many challenges involves working with homeless communities to maintain self-esteem, identity and pride.

Guest hosted by 612 ABC Brisbane, special guests included Brisbane photographer David Kelly and award-winning journalist and filmmaker Trent Dalton, creators Love Stories (2015). A film which explores true, tragic and beautiful love stories told by members of Brisbane’s homeless community. We were also joined by Claire Marchesi, board member of Orange Sky Laundry, a not for profit social enterprise providing a platform to positively impact perceptions of homelessness through a free mobile laundry service for homeless communities across Australia.

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Proudly supported by

Presenting partner


Exhibition supporters

ABS      Liquid      JC

Media partners                            Technology partner            Accommodation partner
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Catalyst   CPA

This project is supported by the Australia Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Cultural Fund and by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.





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Jill Martin, Marketing Manager
07 3339 0813