Museum of Brisbane

Americans in WWII Brisbane Tour

  • Selected Dates: Tues, Thurs & Sun
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm (Minimum 4 people)
  • Adults: $35.00 Conc: $30.00 Child: $5.00
  • King George Square

Discover the hidden histories of more than 80,000 American soldiers stationed in Brisbane during World War II.


Americans in WWII Brisbane Tour

Discover the hidden histories of more than 80,000 American soldiers stationed in Brisbane during World War II on this tour, immersing you in a fascinating period of the city’s social history. Explore significant sites of the era, including the headquarters of the Allied Forces in the South-West Pacific, and learn of the lasting impact on contemporary Brisbane.

Starting in the opulent foyer of Brisbane City Hall, learn about the important role the building played during World War II, before heading off to uncover locations in the city that reveal stories of wartime experience. Stop at the picturesque Albert Street Uniting Church to learn about Brisbane’s war brides, learn of the tensions between Australian and US troops which led to the infamous ‘Battle of Brisbane’ and complete your tour at the MacArthur Museum, former headquarters of General MacArthur.

Entry into the MacArthur Museum Brisbane included in booking.


Tour begins in King George Square outside entrance to City Hall.
Duration of tour: 120mins
Distance: 2km
Tours require 4 participants to proceed. Capacity 12
Adults: $35.00 Conc: $30.00 Child: $5.00


Don’t see the date you want? We can arrange a tour for you if you have a group of 4 or more! Register your interest below.

Tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday, please give two weeks notice.

Register for the Americans in WWII Brisbane Tour

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How do I make a booking online?

Click the Book Now button and select the number of participants and your dates in the calendar. An eTicket will be sent to your email address along with a confirmation email. If your email confirmation does not appear please check your junk mail folder. If you have any changes to your booking, please call Museum of Brisbane reception on (07) 3339 0800 or email

If you are registering your interest for a tour, click the Register button, fill out all mandatory fields in the form and click Submit. Museum of Brisbane concierge will reply within 3 business days to confirm your tour dates or provide more options. Americans in WWII Brisbane is a by demand tour and requires 2 weeks minimum notice and a minimum of four adult and/or concession tickets to proceed. If you have any changes to your booking, or would like assistance booking please call Museum of Brisbane reception on (07) 3339 0800 or email


How much does it cost to go on a walking tour?

For Americans in WWII Brisbane the price is $35 for an adult, $30 for concessions and children are $5. Entry into the MacArthur Museum Brisbane is included in the price. Book via the button below or call (07) 3339 0800 to secure your booking.


How do I know that my booking has been confirmed if I book online?

As soon as you register for your preferred tour, you will be emailed a ticket. Please print the ticket or bring your email confirmation and show your tour guide when you arrive outside City Hall for your tour. If your email confirmation does not appear please check your junk mail folder.

If you have registered for a tour, we will be in touch to confirm and then you will receive a confirmation email with your booking details. Please allow up to three business days for a response.

Are the walking tours wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all the walking tours are wheelchair accessible. Some of the routes can be modified to make them easier and more accessible. If you have a mobility impairment please contact us prior to the day of your tour on (07) 3339 0800, or email

Should you require use of mobility aides, please contact the EPICURE Mobility Centre on (07) 3014 4702.

Where do we meet on the day of our tour?

Tour begins in King George Square outside entrance to City Hall. Have your booking confirmation on paper or screen ready to show to the tour guide.

How long do the tours go for?

The walking tours run between 90 minutes to 2 hours. The length of the tour is impacted by weather conditions and group size.

What do I need to bring on a walking tour?

Please bring comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, bottle of water and maybe a light snack. We recommend an umbrella in case of rain.

Can the weather impact walking tours?

Tours will go ahead unless you are informed of a cancellation. If there is a severe weather warning, we will notify participants of cancellation and help to organise an alternative date. If showers or extreme heat is predicted, the tour guide may modify the route and the length of the tour.

If I cannot participate in the walking tour can I get a refund?

Museum of Brisbane is only able to grant refunds 72 hours before event, requests for refunds later than this will be denied. Please refer to terms and conditions.

Can I eat food on the tour?

It is not recommended to eat on the walking tour, plastic or metal sealable water bottles are suitable, and participants are encouraged to stay hydrated while on tour. Light snacks are acceptable. Be aware that the walking tour does not allow time to stop to buy food or beverages.

How many people are on each tour?

There are up to 12 places available on each tour. A minimum of 4 adult and/or concession tickets are needed to be able to run the tour.

How do I book for a group on a walking tour?

To book a group, please email 

On bookings of over 11 we can offer a 10% discount.

Who leads the tours?

A professional Museum of Brisbane Visitor Experience Officer takes the walking tours. Our staff have in-depth knowledge on local history and offer visitors wonderful insights about landmarks, art, architecture, and Brisbane history.

Can I take photos on the tour?

Yes, photos are permitted, however we request you turn your flash off and seek permission from your tour guide and fellow tour participants before photographing them.

Does the tour go up into the Clock Tower or into the City Hall?

No, the Clock Tower Tours and the City Hall Tours are separate from the walking tours. The Clock Tower Tours and City Hall Tours are free and can be booked online. Spaces are limited, so we recommend you book early or talk to your tour guide to check availability on the day.

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My question has not been answered, who can I talk to about the walking tours?

If the above FAQs have not been helpful, please feel free to call Museum of Brisbane’s Visitor Experience Team on (07) 3339 0800 or email