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Museum of Brisbane - A History of Brisbane

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by Sarah Says (subscribe)
I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website www.sarahsays.com.au or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published May 26th 2013
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With the weather getting a little cooler, we need to start looking for things to do that don't involve the beach and outdoors. The recently refurbished Brisbane City Hall, which reopened in April, offers a great escape full of culture, art and history. Plus it is all for free.

City Hall Brisbane
City Hall


The Museum of Brisbane is now open in a purpose built building on the top city hall, the theme of the exhibitions all focus on the fascinating history of Brisbane, its people, its river, its land and the places we hold dear.  Being from overseas I really loved finding out about the city that I now live so close to, and visit often. Sometimes we are so busy living in the now we forget to look back at what once was, and how lucky we are to have so many opportunities and advantages in this day and age. Plus to top it off you can take a trip to the top of the clock tower, for wonderful panoramic views across this vibrant city.

The Three Exhibitions: 10am to 5pm Daily

The River: A History of Brisbane. Open From 6 April 2013

 "The defining symbol of our city" this exhibition explores the ever-changing relationship with the river from early settlements through to the modern city we see today. It has a diverse mix of art, photography, video, models and personal accounts.

The River, City Hall, Brisbane
The River, City Hall, Brisbane


The River
The River Exhibition


The River
The River Exhibition


The River
The River Exhibition


Panoramas: Open From 6 April to 6 October 2013
This photography exhibition spans 150 incredible years depicting Brisbane's growth, looking at life at different times and at key moments in history. Stunning black and white images from the introduction of photography in Australia in the 1860's, through to modern images of today.

Panorama
Panorama


Panorama
Panorama


Panorama
Panorama


Light Fantastic: Expo 88 Parades Rewired. Open From 6 April 2013 to 27 January 2014
Celebrating the 25 anniversary of the groundbreaking Brisbane World Expo 88 and the changes it brought to Brisbane as a city, and the people who lived there. This bright and colourful exhibition takes visitors back to that time with video, memorabilia, displays and items from the parades that lit up the city. 

World Expo 88
World Expo 88


World Expo 88
World Expo 88


The Clock Tower Tour: 10am - 4.45pm daily
Runs every 15 minutes from the museum entrance on level 3. A unique chance to go up 76 metres in one of the oldest working lifts and see excellent panoramic views of Brisbane and also learn a little about the history of the clock too. Even though it is free, each tour only has room for 6-8 people so you will need to book in advance to secure the time you want.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower


Clock Tower
Clock Tower


I really enjoyed learning more about Brisbane, and going up in the clock tower was a real treat. The exhibitions are all pretty big and full of interesting facts and history - to do all four activities you will need a few hours to see everything properly.

Certainly worth a visit, and every part of it is completely free.
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Why? History, Culture & Art For Free
When: Open 10am to 5pm Daily
Phone: 61 (0)7 3339 0800
Where: Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane, 4000
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Sarah, the River exhibition was my absolute favourite - I was gutted this month when I took visitors there but the exhibition is no longer on. But 100% Brisbane is also very good about giving an overall picture of Brisbane historically but also giving an overview of the population and it will be on for a good three years. Marina
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